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Brothers (I) (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  4 December 2009 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Geare ...
Private Joe Willis (as Patrick Flueger)
Cassie Willis


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Natalie Portman; and four Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Shepard, Carey Mulligan and Mare Winningham. See more »


When Tommy is reading the local newspaper reporting the retrieval of PFC Willis' body from Afghanistan, the first line of the article refers to the "United States Marine Corp". The correct spelling is Corps. See more »


Tommy Cahill: He's my brother!
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Featured in Re-Made in the USA: How Brodre Became Brothers (2010) See more »


White As Snow
(2009) (uncredited)
Lyrics by U2 with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Music: Traditional, arrangement by U2 with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Engineered by Richard Rainey and Declan Gaffney
Assisted by Chris Heaney
Mixed by Declan Gaffney
Assisted by Tom Hough
French Horn: Richard Watkins
Played at the beginning of film credits
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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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