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The Wind That Shakes the Barley -- Legendary director Ken Loach's epic tale of two brothers torn apart by the Irish revolt against the British. Cillian Murphy stars in this dramatic Cannes Palm D'Or winner.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley -- A sympathetic look at Republicans in early 20th century Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-Brit rebellion.


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23 March 2007 (USA) See more »
Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cillian Murphy ... Damien O'Donovan

Padraic Delaney ... Teddy (as Pádraic Delaney)

Liam Cunningham ... Dan

Orla Fitzgerald ... Sinead
Mary O'Riordan ... Peggy (as Mary Riordan)

Mary Murphy ... Bernadette
Laurence Barry ... Micheail
Damien Kearney ... Finbar
Frank Bourke ... Leo
Myles Horgan ... Rory
Martin Lucey ... Congo
Aidan O'Hare ... Steady Boy
Shane Casey ... Kevin
John Crean ... Chris
Máirtín de Cógáin ... Sean (as Mairtin de Cogain)
Keith Dunphy ... Terence
Kieran Hegarty ... Francis
Gerard Kearney ... Donacha
Shane Nott ... Ned
Kevin O'Brien ... Tim
Gary McCarthy ... Volunteer
Tim O'Mahon ... Volunteer
Graham Browne ... Volunteer
Owen Buckley ... Volunteer
Aidan Fitzpatrick ... Volunteer
Vince Hannington ... Volunteer
Denis Kelleher ... Volunteer
Colin McClery ... Volunteer
Finbar O'Mahon ... Volunteer
John Quinlan ... Volunteer
Peggy Lynch ... Singer at Wake
Noel O'Donovan ... Station Guard
Peter O'Mahoney ... Stoker
Barry Bourke ... Policeman

Frank O'Sullivan ... Man in Pub
Diarmuid Ó'Dálaigh ... Man in Pub
Corina Gough ... Woman in Search

Roger Allam ... Sir John Hamilton
Sabrina Barry ... Julia

William Ruane ... Johnny Gogan
Danny Riordan ... Elderly Couple
Peg Crowley ... Elderly Couple
Fiona Lawton ... Lily
Kieran Aherne ... Sweeney
Clare Dineen ... Mrs. Rafferty

Sean McGinley ... Father Denis
Tomas OhEalaithe ... Boy on Bike
Nora Lynch ... Mother of Sick Child
Diarmuid Ní Mheachair ... Sick Child
Denis Conway ... Priest
Barry L. Looney ... Ceilidh Band (as Barry Looney)
Connie O'Connail ... Ceilidh Band
Aine O'Connor ... Ceilidh Band
Francis O'Connor ... Ceilidh Band
Peadr O'Riada ... Ceilidh Band
Neil Brand ... Newsreel Piano Accompanist
Tom Charnock ... Sergeant at Cottage
Alan Ready ... Sergeant at Station

Mark Wakeling ... Lieutenant
Antony Byrne ... The Interrogator
Anthony Mark Streeter ... British Soldier (as Marcus Anthony)
William Armstrong ... British Soldier (as Bill Armstrong)
Christopher Bown ... British Soldier
Mark Bryce ... British Soldier
Alex Dee ... British Soldier
Jonny Holmes ... British Soldier
Allan Huntley ... British Soldier
Bill Hurst ... British Soldier
Daniel Kington ... British Soldier

Jamie Lomas ... British Soldier
Owen McQuade ... British Soldier
Richard Oldham ... British Soldier
Colin Parry ... British Soldier
Scott Peden ... British Soldier
Bernie Sweeney ... British Soldier
Derek Taylor ... British Soldier
Neil Alan Taylor ... British Soldier
Gregor Wood ... British Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niall McCarthy ... Extra (uncredited)
Siobhan McSweeney ... Julia (uncredited)
Seamus Moynihan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Laverty 

Produced by
Camilla Bray .... assistant producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... executive producer
Andrew Lowe .... executive producer
Redmond Morris .... co-producer
Rebecca O'Brien .... producer
Nigel Thomas .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
Casting by
Oonagh Kearney 
Production Design by
Fergus Clegg 
Art Direction by
Michael Higgins 
Mark Lowry 
Costume Design by
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh 
Makeup Department
Lucy Browne .... additional makeup artist
Orla Carrol .... hair designer (as Orla Carroll)
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... makeup artist (2006)
Lynn Johnson .... makeup designer (as Lynn Johnston)
Patricia Kirkman .... hair assistant
Aisling Nairn .... makeup assistant
Martina Byrne .... make up artist: crowd (uncredited)
Production Management
Carol Moorhead .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Fitzpatrick .... trainee assistant director
David Gilchrist .... first assistant director
Sonya Gildea .... third assistant director (as Sonya Supple-Gildea)
Kevin O'Leary .... trainee assistant director
Marie-Celine O'Reilly .... trainee assistant director (as Marie Celine O'Reilly)
Michael Queen .... second assistant director
Laura Treacy .... trainee assistant director
Adrienne Greenhalgh .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Alex Bassett .... carpenter
Phil Bowen .... carpenter
Mark Brady .... carpenter
Jenni Cooney .... assistant art director
Keith Cullen .... props
Paul Curren .... painter
Sam Curren .... painter
Neville Gaynor .... painter
Bobby Gee .... painter
Jimmy Irwin .... plasterer
Stanley Irwin .... plasterer (as Stan Irwin)
Dave Kinsella .... props (as David Kinsella)
Richard Lynch .... props
Emer MacAvin .... set dresser
James McGetrick .... props
James McGetrick .... stand-by props
Eoin O'Brien .... props
Eleanor O'Leary .... art department trainee
Kevin Queripyle .... props
Gerard 'Gripp' Richardson .... carpenter (as Gerard Richardson)
Alex Robertson .... carpenter
Danny Sumsion .... construction manager
Graham Waters .... carpenter
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Ray Beckett .... sound
Ben Brazier .... foley mixer
Kevin Brazier .... sound
Robert Brazier .... sound effects editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Murphy .... boom operator (as Pete Murphy)
Christopher O'Dwyer .... assistant sound (as Chris O'Dwyer)
Ian Tapp .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Aidan Byrne .... special effects technician
Brendan Byrne .... special effects technician
Kevin Byrne .... special effects technician
Michael Kearns .... special effects technician
Jimmy Lumsden .... special effects technician
Pat Redmond .... special effects supervisor: Team Effects
Dave Roddham .... special effects technician
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Gary J. Brown .... digital effects artist
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
David Scott .... digital compositor
Marc Cass .... stunt coordinator
Marc Cass .... stunt performer
Dave Fisher .... stunt performer
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Paul Herbert .... stunt performer
Crispin Layfield .... stunt performer
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Altmann .... best boy
Joss Barratt .... still photographer
Noel Cullen .... electrician
Tony Devlin .... electrician
Jeremy Gee .... second camera operator
Eric Greenberg .... second focus puller
Jörg Gönner .... second focus puller (as Jorg Donner)
Martin Holland .... electrician
Carl Hudson .... focus puller
Romy Kaa .... clapper loader
Georg Nonnenmacher .... gaffer
Andrew O'Reilly .... clapper loader
Rory O'Riordan .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Kahleen Crawford .... additional casting
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maire Begley .... costume trainee
Patch Corcoran .... costume assistant (as Patricia Corcoran)
Catherine Dalton .... costume assistant
Valerie Kelly .... costume assistant
Debbie Millington .... assistant costume designer
Ger Scully .... costume supervisor
Morgan Semmens .... costume assistant (as Morgan Jay Semmens)
Cathy Young .... costume trainee
Editorial Department
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Music Department
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Ricky Donovan .... driver
Mervyn Ewing .... driver
David Houlihan .... driver
Malte Mann .... driver
Gavin McGlashan .... action vehicle coordinator
Deann Mulligan .... driver
Eamonn Murphy .... transport coordinator
Shulagh O'Day .... driver
Michael Phelan .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Patrick Cahill .... assistant location manager (as Paddy Cahill)
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Michelle Carew .... production team
Miriam Coleman .... second location manager
Louise Cornally .... business affairs executive: Element Films
Terry Flemming .... military advisor
George Foley .... military advisor
Adrienne Greenhalgh .... crowd coordinator
Alistair Griggs .... production team
Dan Harvey .... military advisor
Mike Hayes .... production team
Himesh Kar .... senior executive: UK Film Council
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
John McKenna .... armorer
Cathy Mooney .... production coordinator
Stephen Morrisey .... production team
Audie Murphy .... military advisor
Maria O'Connor .... location manager
Donal O'Driscoll .... historical advisor
Seamus Porter .... assistant location manager
Jason Potter .... assistant accountant
Jane Roche .... production team
Roger Smith .... script consultant
Stephen Talbot .... assistant armorer
Charlotte Walls .... production team
Alan Walsh .... military advisor

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UK:127 min
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Did You Know?

The commercial interest expressed in the United Kingdom was initially much lower than in other European countries and only 30 prints of the film were planned for distribution in the UK, compared with 300 in France. However, after the Palme d'Or award the film appeared on 105 screens in the UK, more than three times larger than the UK release for any of Ken Loach's previous films.See more »
Anachronisms: As Damien talks to the driver at the train station, modern concrete markings for the visually impaired are visible along the platform edge.See more »
Chris:Promise me, Damien. Promise me you won't bury me next to him?
[points to Sir John]
Damien:The chapel. Do you remember, on the way up? Do you remember?
Damien:In there.
Chris:Tell Teddy I'm sorry. I'm scared, Damien.
Damien:[sighs] Have you said your prayers?
Damien:God protect you.
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108 out of 158 people found the following review useful.
Was it worth it?, 20 July 2006
Author: wdonovan-3 from Ireland

"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" is a fantastic film, and extremely apt given the current socio-economic climate in Ireland. We seem to be losing part of our heritage everyday, once again slave to foreign influences (both sides of the water) and willing to lose sight of our past to embrace the future. I left the cinema in Navan, Co Meath, wondering to myself "are we really as free as we think we are?". We have the highest debt ratio per capita of any country in the EU, a cost of living that is spiraling ridiculously out of control and criminals that make the Manson family look like the Partridge family. So what did we fight for in the rising of 1916, the War of Independence and the Civil War? To be more like the British? The day of real patriotism is gone, it has been replaced by cash hungry capitalists willing to sell out in the name of progress. Back to the film! This was probably the first "war film" that I have seen that did not over step the mark in terms of taking sides. It was extremely objective and a credit to Ken Loach for the accuracy of his research and the depiction of the times. I would liken it, in some ways, to Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" as it was really devoid of any sustained periods of levity and stayed constantly true to its theme, unconcerned by commercial considerations. A masterpiece of film making and a credit to the superb cast, particularly Murphy and Cunningham. Film of the Decade so far

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