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The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 March 2007 (USA)
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Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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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 ... 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.

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Drama | War

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Trivia

The last line of Damian's dialogue (between him and his brother in the prison cell) was kept out of Cillian Murphy's script until the day the scene was filmed. See more »

Goofs

At one point, the characters sing Amhrán na bhFiann, the Irish language version of The Soldier's Song, which would go on to become Ireland's national anthem. Whilst The Soldier's Song was known at the time, the version in Irish was not written until 1923, three years after the film is set. See more »

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Peggy: [singing, at the wake for Micheail] The old for her / The new that made me think / On Ireland dearly / While soft the wind blew down the glen / And shook the golden barley / 'Twas hard the woeful words to frame / To break the ties that bound us / But harder still to bear the shame / Of foreign chains around us / And so I said the mountain glen / I'll seek at morning early / While soft the wind blew down the glen / And shook the golden barley
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Sad tale
19 June 2006 | by shelliobSee all my reviews

An exciting piece of Ken Loach drama based on events that sparked the Irish war of independence. Despite being labelled 'anti-British' by critics born 60 years after these events took place, the incidents depicted in this film have in fact all been documented by the British government and are a matter of historical fact. Events such as the treatment of the local population at the brutal hands of the infamous convict drafted Black and tans force have all been recorded assiduously by both sides in the conflict. And the civil war that followed a decision to allow the mostly protestant north to be a part of the new British welfare state. A clash of ideals, deftly handled by Loach, it's a real pity that so many will have their minds made up before they've even seen the film.


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Official Sites:

Bim Distribuzione [Italy]

Language:

English | Irish | Latin

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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