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Brothers (I) (2009)

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A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.



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Private Joe Willis (as Patrick Flueger)
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Before leaving on his second tour in Afghanistan, Marine Captain Sam Cahill, a leader, an athlete, a good husband and father, welcomes his screw-up brother Tommy home from prison. He'd robbed a bank. In country, Sam's helicopter is shot down and all are presumed dead. Back home, while Sam wastes away as a prisoner in a remote encampment, Tommy tries to take care of the widow and her two children. While imprisoned, Sam experiences horrors unbearable, so when he's rescued and returns home, he's silent, detached, without affect, and he's convinced his wife and brother have slept together. Demons of war possess him; what will silence them? Written by <>

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There are two sides to every family


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hermanos  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,527,848 (USA) (4 December 2009)


£1,028,334 (UK) (5 February 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal play the brothers in this film. Maguire nearly had to decline the lead role in Spider-Man 2 (2004) due to back injuries, and Gyllenhaal was the top choice to replace him. See more »


The movie gives the location of the Marine Base as "Fort Mahlus". Only the US Army begins their bases with "Fort" (i.e. Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, etc). The US Marines begin their bases with "Camp" (i.e. Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, etc). See more »


Tommy Cahill: Your nose is like the lunar eclipse. Come on let me touch it.
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Earnest but perhaps trying a little too hard
18 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just OK. Very well acted particularly by Gyllenhaal, Portman, and the two young 'uns, and a compelling tale of how war can mess up a family, but a little too melodramatic to hold much power for me.

There's also the misjudged Afghan side story, which is populated by cartoon characters. It might have worked better had we been kept completely in the dark as to the soldier's fate, to be put in the same position as the wife and brother. As it is we are simply sitting waiting for his inevitable (rather than hoped-for) return and we know any emotional investment during this buildup will be wasted. It feels almost tacked on - did they need to give Maguire more to do? He's the best I've ever seen him btw, but I didn't find him as convincing as the other two leads who had a more nuanced story to work with.

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