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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.

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Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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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 ... 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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Details

Official Sites:

Bim Distribuzione [Italy]

Language:

English | Irish | Latin

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viento que acaricia el prado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£390,720 (United Kingdom), 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,190, 18 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,829,142, 8 July 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,889,018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from Liam Cunningham and Pádraic Delaney, pretty much all the actors playing the Irish are from county Cork, where the story of the film is set and where it was filmed. See more »

Goofs

A few of the IRA members are seen armed with German Mauser Kar98k rifles. However, these rifles weren't introduced until 1935, whereas the film takes place in 1920-1922. See more »

Quotes

The Interrogator: You're not a bog cutter. Show me your hands. Show me your fucking hands!
Damien: What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do? Pull my fingernails off, is that it?
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Referenced in Antiques Roadshow: Abbey Pumping Station 2 (2018) See more »

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Oró! Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
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Words by Padraic Pearse
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Was it worth it?
20 July 2006 | by wdonovan-3See all my reviews

"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" is a fantastic film, and extremely apt given the current socio-economic climate in Ireland. We seem to be losing part of our heritage everyday, once again slave to foreign influences (both sides of the water) and willing to lose sight of our past to embrace the future. I left the cinema in Navan, Co Meath, wondering to myself "are we really as free as we think we are?". We have the highest debt ratio per capita of any country in the EU, a cost of living that is spiraling ridiculously out of control and criminals that make the Manson family look like the Partridge family. So what did we fight for in the rising of 1916, the War of Independence and the Civil War? To be more like the British? The day of real patriotism is gone, it has been replaced by cash hungry capitalists willing to sell out in the name of progress. Back to the film! This was probably the first "war film" that I have seen that did not over step the mark in terms of taking sides. It was extremely objective and a credit to Ken Loach for the accuracy of his research and the depiction of the times. I would liken it, in some ways, to Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" as it was really devoid of any sustained periods of levity and stayed constantly true to its theme, unconcerned by commercial considerations. A masterpiece of film making and a credit to the superb cast, particularly Murphy and Cunningham. Film of the Decade so far


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