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Brothers (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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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>

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There are two sides to every family

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Drama | Thriller | War

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

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,527,848, 6 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,501,651, 17 January 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,318,349, 5 July 2012
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Trivia

Originally, Jake Gyllenhaal wanted to play Sam and Tobey Maguire wanted to play Tommy. Jim Sheridan did not feel Maguire was convincing enough to play the "bad" brother, so they switched roles. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, dated in the movie as 10/7/2007, Sam says he's leaving "in 4 days" (10/11/07). Later, at the dinner table, he tells his brother he's leaving "Tuesday". 10/11/2007 was a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

Sam Cahill: Why did the girl blush when she opened the refrigerator
Isabelle Cahill: Why?
Sam Cahill: Because she saw the salad dressing.
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.52 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Eternal Father Strong to Save
(1860)
United States Navy Hymn
Traditional
Music by John B. Dykes (uncredited)
Lyrics by William Whiting (uncredited)
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Underwhelmed by this one
17 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I saw the original Danish production and was blown away by the power of it. Mind you, Connie Neillsen does that to me anyway, but the whole film resonated; right casting, masterly portrayal of the terrible but critical war scenes and above all a superbly moving ending. The ending of this one fell flat.

When I read that the Americans are going to do a remake of a European film, I reach for my luger. I dreaded seeing what they'd do to this one. And sure enough, they delivered. It's as though art in a film won't wash with American audiences, so the Hollywood boys have to dumb it down and denature it to make it passable. It doesn't wash with me. I like the two lead male actors but the direction and scripting let them down. The only grounds for making a remake is to do it better than the original. This one doesn't measure up.


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