Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
7 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... Damien
Pádraic Delaney ... Teddy
Liam Cunningham ... Dan
Orla Fitzgerald ... Sinead
Mary O'Riordan Mary O'Riordan ... Peggy (as Mary Riordan)
Mary Murphy Mary Murphy ... Bernadette
Laurence Barry Laurence Barry ... Micheail
Damien Kearney Damien Kearney ... Finbar
Frank Bourke ... Leo
Myles Horgan Myles Horgan ... Rory
Martin Lucey Martin Lucey ... Congo
Aidan O'Hare ... Steady Boy
Shane Casey Shane Casey ... Kevin
John Crean John Crean ... Chris
Máirtín de Cógáin Máirtín de Cógáin ... Sean (as Mairtin de Cogain)
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Storyline

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. Written by KGF Vissers

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Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The commercial interest expressed in the United Kingdom was initially much lower than in other European countries and only 30 prints of the film were planned for distribution in the UK, compared with 300 in France. However, after the Palme d'Or award the film appeared on 105 screens in the UK, more than three times larger than the UK release for any of Ken Loach's previous films. See more »

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Two machine guns appear in the film, a Vickers and a Lewis. The sounds they make when firing are reversed; the Vickers sounds like a Lewis and vice versa. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Right. You're paupers, just like me. Take a look up and down this country and see the amount of volunteers that are involved in land seizures and cattle drives. Now do you want to know why that is happening?
Teddy: That's enough of that now.
Dan: It's not enough of it! The IRA are backing the landlords and crushing people like you and me.
Teddy: You sat down with the IRA last night.
Dan: I'm talking here!
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Connections

Featured in Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Oró! Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Traditional
Words by Padraic Pearse
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A wonderful film
14 July 2006 | by shayflanaganSee all my reviews

An excellent film that outlines that tragic period of Irish history. Anyone wanting to understand the modern day troubles in Ireland MUST see this film to get a better understanding of things. I Thoroughly enjoyed this film and there was hardly a dry eye in the house by the end. It shows how easily communities, indeed families, were torn apart by divisions over the best way forward to achieve Irish freedom and how desperate people were. This is a film that should have been made years ago and should be viewed with an open mind by those who are not from a nationalist background. These events did occur and the time for denial is now % !

A first class film.


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Language:

English | Irish | Latin

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wind that Shakes the Barley See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,554, 18 March 2007

Gross USA:

$1,836,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,903,165
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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