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Four Brothers (2005)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 July 2005 (USA)
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When their adoptive mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigate the murder for themselves & look for the killers, but not all is what it seems.

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John Singleton
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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Mercer
Tyrese Gibson ... Angel Mercer
André 3000 ... Jeremiah Mercer (as André Benjamin)
Garrett Hedlund ... Jack Mercer
Terrence Howard ... Lt. Green
Josh Charles ... Detective Fowler
Sofía Vergara ... Sofi
Fionnula Flanagan ... Evelyn Mercer
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Victor Sweet
Taraji P. Henson ... Camille Mercer
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Councilman Douglas
Jernard Burks ... Evan
Kenneth Welsh ... Robert Bradford
Tony Nappo ... Charlie
Shawn Singleton Shawn Singleton ... Victor Hoodlum
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Storyline

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellosuth.net>

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Jerimiah Mercer will take the law into his own hands. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There's never any mention of Bobby having a girlfriend or a job. John Singleton wanted Bobby to be as "stripped down" as possible. See more »

Goofs

A close-up of the front of the El Camino Guys driver's license shows that it is a pre-2000 Michigan license. In the next shot, the back of the license has a magnetic stripe, which is found on post-2000 licenses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Evelyn Mercer: Ok, Darnell, so the candy just happened to jump into your pocket, huh? Well I don't think so. Samir's going to call the police right now. Samir, the police!
Darnell: Please don't call the police, man, please!
Evelyn Mercer: That's what happens when you shoplift. There's consequences.
Darnell: But it's just some damn candy! I don't wanna go to jail!
Evelyn Mercer: Well you can probably get away with stealing sometimes, Darnell, but sooner or later you're gonna get caught. Is that the way you want to lead your life?
Darnell: No.
Evelyn Mercer: I happen to ...
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo in the beginning has snow falling upon it. The end credits show scenes of each of the brother's past. Bobby is seen fighting in a hockey game and has the front of his teeth knocked out. Jeremiah is seen leading a worker's protest outside of a factory. Angel is seen trying to buy an airline ticket with a stolen credit card (once the clerk finds out, Angel runs away). Jack is seen playing the guitar and singing in a band (he waves his pierced tongue at his fans). See more »

Alternate Versions

On the MTV, VH1, Paramount Network and airline versions, the shower scene where a few guys take this was blurred. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MovieBerto: Cuatro hermanos (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very well done action/drama.
13 August 2005 | by sthapns247See all my reviews

I remember first seeing the trailer for this movie about a year ago before a movie I watched last summer and thought it looked very promising. A year later I had almost forgot about it until I started seeing commercials on TV and I got my hopes high. To be honest, this is probably the first movie that met my expectations.

I didn't go in expecting the greatest movie ever, I mean it does have Marky Mark in it and I'd hate to think he's be the start of my favorite movie of all time. But I did expect it to be exciting, emotional, and engaging... And it was.

One of the things this movie does best is show the love and commitment between the brothers. The chemistry between the actors was excellent and really added to the feel of the film. It takes a lot to get emotion out of me in a movie, I'm talking the beginning of Saving Private Ryan a lot, so I unfortunately didn't feel as much as some of the other people in the theater, but you know something is right when people cheer when the main characters kill bad guys and yell "NO!" when things don't go right. The emotions between the brothers also led to many very funny comic moments, which I did not expect to see as many as I did. I laughed many times.

Singleton is probably a better write than director, but he does a decent job through out. Most of the film is simple camera angles and what not, but there were a few moments, specifically a car chase, that was shot really well. It was all done in a manor that kept it realistic while keeping it interesting. It should also be noted that this movie had the SECOND most intense shoot out I've ever seen in a movie. Second only to, of course, the LA streets shoot out in Heat which, in my opinion, is the most intense 15 minutes ever filmed.

Acting was decent. Like mentioned before, the chemistry between the brothers was great, but there were many simple one-liners and Mark Wahlberg seems to play the same character way too often. Not really acting so much as reading lines in a tough way.

While this isn't the #1 movie of the year it definitely met my expectations and is a very, very good summer action flick of not more.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Mark Wahlberg Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,176,925, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$74,494,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,374,674
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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