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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  23 March 2007 (USA)
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Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

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In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. Written by KGF Vissers

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Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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£390,720 (UK) (23 June 2006)

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$1,829,142 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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The title was taken from the poem The Wind that Shakes the Barley by 19th century poet Robert Dwyer Joyce: "But blood for blood without remorse // I've taken at Oulart Hollow // And laid my true love's clay-cold corpse // Where I full soon may follow //As 'round her grave I wander drear // Noon, night and morning early // With breaking heart when e'er I hear // The wind that shakes the barley". The poem is about a young man who joins the 1798 rebellion after his true love is killed. See more »

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A few of the IRA members are seen armed with German Mauser Kar98k rifles. However, these rifles weren't introduced until 1935, whereas the film takes place in 1920-1922. See more »

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Damien: [to Teddy] You have wrapped yourself in the fucking Union Jack! The butcher's apron, boy!
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23 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK so there's movies that you cry at...Bambi's mum dying, step mom, titanic etc but there is never going to be another movie that hits home like this. I cried so many times because it was so real. It is based on fact and contrary to the critics I don't believe there is any over exaggeration of the conditions and abuse that went on during this time. Not one member of the cast doesn't put everything into this piece and I have never seen such outstanding performances and truthful acting. Most blockbuster movies have actors trying to look pretty and interested...trying...but this has actors portraying people the way they were not the way that looks best! It is fantastic!!! It is also very educational but those looking for your traditional blockbuster movies turn away, this is for drama lovers, history lovers and those with a passion for true art!


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