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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Damien
... Teddy
... Dan
... Sinead
Mary O'Riordan ... Peggy (as Mary Riordan)
... Bernadette
Laurence Barry ... Micheail
Damien Kearney ... Finbar
... Leo
Myles Horgan ... Rory
Martin Lucey ... Congo
... Steady Boy
Shane Casey ... Kevin
John Crean ... Chris
Máirtín de Cógáin ... Sean (as Mairtin de Cogain)
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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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Bim Distribuzione [Italy]

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viento que acaricia el prado  »

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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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Trivia

The court case where the magistrate decides in favor of the woman who has been charged the exorbitant rate of 500% interest on a loan by a local business man is founded on a real case. In the actual case the interest rate was 800%, but it was changed for the film for fear audiences might think it a shameless exaggeration. See more »

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As Damien talks to the driver at the train station, modern concrete markings for the visually impaired are visible along the platform edge. See more »

Quotes

Damien: How many British soldiers in the country, Tim?
Tim: Too many.
Damien: How many?
Teddy: About ten thousand, Damien.
Damien: Ten Thousand. Tans, artillery units, machine-gun car, cavalry...
Teddy: And many more besides. What's your point, Damien?
Damien: It's young men like Micheail we're talkin' about, Teddy.
Teddy: Micheail was a real Irishman, Damien.
Ned: You're a coward, Damien.
Damien: I'm a coward? And you're a hero, isn't it, Ned? You're gonna take down the British army with your hurley, is that it?
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Amhráin Na bhFiann
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Words by Peader Kearney & Patrick Heeney
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Sad tale
19 June 2006 | by See 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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