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Four Brothers (2005)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby Mercer
... Angel Mercer
... Jeremiah Mercer
... Jack Mercer
... Lt. Green
... Detective Fowler
... Sofi
... Evelyn Mercer
... Victor Sweet
... Camille Mercer
... Councilman Douglas
... Evan
... Robert Bradford
... Charlie
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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They came home to bury mom... and her killer See more »


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

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1 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Untitled Mark Wahlberg Project  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,176,925, 3 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$74,494,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,374,674
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the Mercer House Shootout, there were over 450 squibs rigged throughout the house, all of which resulted in debris and glass falling on the actors. See more »

Goofs

After the kid tells Bobby the lights go off at ten, Bobby checks his watch on his left hand. In the next shot, the watch is on his right hand. 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 ...
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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 »

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Remake of The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) See more »

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BROTHER'S GONNA WORK IT OUT
Written & Performed by Willie Hutch
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This movie will get your attention and hold it
13 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

One good thing Steven Spielberg has done for 21th century movies is to show the importance of starting things off with a bang rather than a whimper, something he learned from the old grade B films of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. So when director John Singleton begins "Four Brothers" he doesn't dwell on background material about how mom came to be the shining star for her boys. Singleton goes right for the jugular by showing mom's demise--I say showing, the viewer doesn't actually see the killing in the beginning. Singleton builds up the relationship between mom and the brothers step by step, letting a Detroit policeman, Lt. Green (Terrence Howard), introduce the four brothers as they show up for the funeral and become reacquainted. Not to give away the story, one heavy leads to another until the whole city of Detroit becomes a personification of corruption and evil. I loved the Motown music played throughout the film which was very apropos for the setting.

Even though the acting was first-rate throughout, I especially liked the performances given by Josh Charles as Detective Fowler and by Garrett Hedlund as Jack Mercer. I know Josh Charles has appeared in movies I have seen but I don't remember his acting standing out as it does in this film. Also Chiwetel Ejiofor was just right as the slimy egomaniac Victor Sweet--and what a name for a character this egregious.

The action is first rate and there is plenty of it from start to finish. Hold on to your seats for the scary gun battle between mom's boys hold up in her old house and Sweet's hired thugs. You won't be able to get out of your seat during this shoot-out.

I highly recommend this movie for fans of the genre. Others should enjoy it too.


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