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Brothers of the Head (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  6 October 2006 (UK)
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In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music.

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Henry Couling
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Boatman
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Himself
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Brian Aldiss
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Roberta Howe
Luke Wagner ...
Young Zak
Anna Nygh ...
Zak's Mum / Rita Bedderwick
Howard Attfield ...
Zak Bedderwick
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Nick Sidney
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Chris Dervish (as Ed Hogg)
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Paul Day - 1970's
Nicholas Millard ...
Tubs
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Paul Day - Present day
Ken Bones ...
Henry Couling
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Roberta Howe
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In the 1970s a music promoter plucks Siamese twins from obscurity and grooms them into a freakish rock'n'roll act. A dark tale of sex, strangeness and rock music.

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twin | siamese twins | sex | 1970s | x ray | See All (122) »

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For some people... Rock & Roll was always a freak show.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »
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6 October 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Até Que a Morte os Separe  »

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$10,794 (USA) (4 August 2006)

Gross:

$44,978 (USA) (13 October 2006)
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Film debuts of brothers Harry Treadaway' and Luke Treadaway'. See more »

Quotes

Barry Howe: What are you writing about?
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Well, you guys specifically.
Barry Howe: What about us?
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Well, you know, you're kind of... you know, you're different. Young and exciting.
Barry Howe: Young, exciting, what else? Give me a- give me a third.
Laura Ashworth - 1970's: Listen, I'm actually writing an article about exploitation of the physically impaired.
Barry Howe: [long pause] Speak to Tubbs, he's got a dodgy ankle.
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Surprisingly realistic conjoined-twin-rock-star movie
2 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film lingered in the memory for days after I saw it. It was a portrait, not only of the scabbier side of the music business, but of the intimacy, love and hate that exists between siblings of all descriptions. A lot of it rang true; the cinematic values were lovingly collaged within an overall 'feel' that was at times stunningly beautiful. The performances, particularly of the real-life identical twin brothers, Luke and Harry Treadaway, were lyrical, loving and intense. There was a sense that these two talented actors-who are also rock musicians in their own right, no musical stand-ins or overdubbing here-were giving the performances of a lifetime. After all, how many conjoined-twin-rock-star movies are there likely to be? Having said that, the fictional Howe brothers made a stunning metaphor for the freakishness that is almost a natural part of getting on a stage and screaming into a microphone; it really looked as though it could work, especially in this post-Slipknot world.

The plot was, at times, obscure; there was perhaps a bit too much cleverness in the multiple, and terribly post-modern, overlapping of supposedly-documentary narratives. I found that there was so much going on within the structure that I hardly noticed the climax of the story.

In all, to my surprise, I would describe this as a beautiful film, but with enough rock'n'roll grit to keep me riveted. We need more films like this.


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