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The Wind that Shakes the Barley ()


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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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Damien
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Teddy
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Dan
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Sinead
Mary O'Riordan ...
Peggy (as Mary Riordan)
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Bernadette
Laurence Barry ...
Micheail
Damien Kearney ...
Finbar
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Leo
Myles Horgan ...
Rory
Martin Lucey ...
Congo
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Steady Boy
Shane Casey ...
Kevin
John Crean ...
Chris
Máirtín de Cógáin ...
Sean (as Mairtin de Cogain)
Keith Dunphy ...
Terence
Kieran Hegarty ...
Francis
Gerard Kearney ...
Donacha
Shane Nott ...
Ned
Kevin O'Brien ...
Tim
Gary McCarthy ...
Volunteer
Tim O'Mahon ...
Volunteer
Graham Browne ...
Volunteer
Owen Buckley ...
Volunteer
Aidan Fitzpatrick ...
Volunteer
Vince Hannington ...
Volunteer
Denis Kelleher ...
Volunteer
Colin McClery ...
Volunteer
Finbar O'Mahon ...
Volunteer
John Quinlan ...
Volunteer
Peggy Lynch ...
Singer at Wake
Noel O'Donovan ...
Station Guard
Peter O'Mahoney ...
Stoker
Barry Bourke ...
Policeman
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Man in Pub
Diarmuid Ó'Dálaigh ...
Man in Pub
Corina Gough ...
Woman in Search
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Sir John Hamilton
Sabrina Barry ...
Julia
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Johnny Gogan
Danny Riordan ...
Elderly Couple
Peg Crowley ...
Elderly Couple
Fiona Lawton ...
Lily
Kieran Aherne ...
Sweeney
Clare Dineen ...
Mrs. Rafferty
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Father Denis
Tomas OhEalaithe ...
Boy on Bike
Nora Lynch ...
Mother of Sick Child
Diarmuid Ní Mheachair ...
Sick Child
Denis Conway ...
Priest
Barry L. Looney ...
Ceilidh Band (as Barry Looney)
Connie O'Connail ...
Ceilidh Band
Aine O'Connor ...
Ceilidh Band
Francis O'Connor ...
Ceilidh Band
Peadr O'Riada ...
Ceilidh Band
Neil Brand ...
Newsreel Piano Accompanist
Tom Charnock ...
Sergeant at Cottage
Alan Ready ...
Sergeant at Station
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Lieutenant
Antony Byrne ...
The Interrogator
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British Soldier (as Marcus Anthony)
William Armstrong ...
British Soldier (as Bill Armstrong)
Christopher Bown ...
British Soldier
Mark Bryce ...
British Soldier
Alex Dee ...
British Soldier
Jonny Holmes ...
British Soldier
Allan Huntley ...
British Soldier
Bill Hurst ...
British Soldier
Daniel Kington ...
British Soldier
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British Soldier
Owen McQuade ...
British Soldier
Richard Oldham ...
British Soldier
Colin Parry ...
British Soldier
Scott Peden ...
British Soldier
Bernie Sweeney ...
British Soldier
Derek Taylor ...
British Soldier
Neil Alan Taylor ...
British Soldier
Gregor Wood ...
British Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Dawson ...
Volunteer (uncredited)
Niall McCarthy ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Julia (uncredited)
Seamus Moynihan ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Loach

Written by

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Paul Laverty ... ()

Produced by

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Camilla Bray ... assistant producer
Ulrich Felsberg ... executive producer
Gerardo Herrero ... co-producer
Andrew Lowe ... executive producer
Redmond Morris ... co-producer
Rebecca O'Brien ... producer
Nigel Thomas ... executive producer
Paul Trijbits ... executive producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Barry Ackroyd

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Morris

Editorial Department

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María Merediz ... post-production coordinator
Mark Wright ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Oonagh Kearney

Production Design by

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Fergus Clegg

Art Direction by

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Michael Higgins
Mark Lowry

Costume Design by

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Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh

Makeup Department

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Lucy Browne ... additional makeup artist
Orla Carrol ... hair designer (as Orla Carroll)
Deirdre Fitzgerald ... makeup artist (2006)
Lynn Johnston ... makeup designer
Patricia Kirkman ... hair assistant
Aisling Nairn ... makeup assistant
Martina Byrne ... make up artist: crowd (uncredited)

Production Management

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Carol Moorhead ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dennis Fitzpatrick ... trainee assistant director
David Gilchrist ... first assistant director
Sonya Gildea ... third assistant director (as Sonya Supple-Gildea)
Kevin O'Leary ... trainee assistant director
Marie-Celine O'Reilly ... trainee assistant director (as Marie Celine O'Reilly)
Michael Queen ... second assistant director
Laura Treacy ... trainee assistant director
Adrienne Greenhalgh ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Alex Bassett ... carpenter
Phil Bowen ... carpenter
Mark Brady ... carpenter
Jenni Cooney ... assistant art director
Keith Cullen ... props
Paul Curren ... painter
Sam Curren ... painter
Neville Gaynor ... painter
Bobby Gee ... painter
Jimmy Irwin ... plasterer
Stanley Irwin ... plasterer (as Stan Irwin)
Dave Kinsella ... props (as David Kinsella)
Richard Lynch ... props
Emer MacAvin ... set dresser
James McGetrick ... props / stand-by props
Eoin O'Brien ... props
Eleanor O'Leary ... art department trainee
Kevin Queripyle ... props
Gerard Richardson ... carpenter (as Gerard Richardson)
Alex Robertson ... carpenter
Danny Sumsion ... construction manager
Graham Waters ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Julie Ankerson ... foley artist
Ray Beckett ... sound
Ben Brazier ... foley mixer
Kevin Brazier ... sound
Robert Brazier ... sound effects editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer
Alex Hudd ... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Murphy ... boom operator (as Pete Murphy)
Christopher O'Dwyer ... assistant sound (as Chris O'Dwyer)
Ian Tapp ... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Aidan Byrne ... special effects technician
Brendan Byrne ... special effects supervisor / special effects technician
Kevin Byrne ... special effects technician
Michael Kearns ... special effects technician
Jimmy Lumsden ... special effects technician
Pat Redmond ... special effects supervisor: Team Effects
Dave Roddham ... special effects technician
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Matthew Bristowe ... digital lab producer: MPC
Gary J. Brown ... digital effects artist
Begoña Lopez ... digital lab producer: MPC
David Scott ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Marc Cass ... stunt coordinator / stunt performer
Dave Fisher ... stunt performer
Paul Heasman ... stunt coordinator
Paul Herbert ... stunt performer
Crispin Layfield ... stunt performer
Gordon Seed ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roger Altmann ... best boy
Joss Barratt ... still photographer
Noel Cullen ... electrician
Tony Devlin ... electrician
Jeremy Gee ... second camera operator
Eric Greenberg ... second focus puller
Jörg Gönner ... second focus puller (as Jorg Donner)
Martin Holland ... electrician
Carl Hudson ... focus puller
Romy Kaa ... clapper loader
Georg Nonnenmacher ... gaffer
Andrew O'Reilly ... clapper loader
Rory O'Riordan ... camera trainee

Casting Department

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Kahleen Crawford ... additional casting
Chuck Douglas ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maire Begley ... costume trainee
Patch Corcoran ... costume assistant (as Patricia Corcoran)
Catherine Dalton ... costume assistant
Valerie Kelly ... costume assistant
Debbie Millington ... assistant costume designer
Ger Scully ... costume supervisor
Morgan Semmens ... costume assistant (as Morgan Jay Semmens)
Cathy Young ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Patrick Cahill ... assistant location manager (as Paddy Cahill)
Miriam Coleman ... second location manager
Maria O'Connor ... location manager
Seamus Porter ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Steve Price ... music recording engineer

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor
Roger Smith ... script consultant

Transportation Department

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Ricky Donovan ... driver
Mervyn Ewing ... driver
David Houlihan ... driver
Malte Mann ... driver
Gavin McGlashan ... action vehicle coordinator
Deann Mulligan ... driver
Eamonn Murphy ... transport coordinator
Shulagh O'Day ... driver
Michael Phelan ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Lauri Apelian ... Production Team
Martin Butterworth ... title designer
Neil Calder ... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Michelle Carew ... production team
Louise Cornally ... business affairs executive: Element Films
Terry Flemming ... military advisor
George Foley ... military advisor
Adrienne Greenhalgh ... crowd coordinator
Alistair Griggs ... production team
Dan Harvey ... military advisor
Mike Hayes ... production team
Himesh Kar ... senior executive: UK Film Council
John McKenna ... armorer
Cathy Mooney ... production coordinator
Stephen Morrisey ... production team
Audie Murphy ... military advisor
Donal O'Driscoll ... historical advisor
Jason Potter ... assistant accountant
Jane Roche ... production team
Stephen Talbot ... assistant armorer
Charlotte Walls ... production team
Alan Walsh ... military advisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Il vento che accarezza l'erba (Italy)
  • El viento que agita la cebada (Spain)
  • Le vent se lève (France)
  • Vinden der ryster kornet (Denmark)
  • O anemos horevei to krithari (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $22,889,018

Did You Know?

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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 »
Goofs The British troops wear medal ribbons from the Great War (1914-18). The film is set in 1919-21 but ribbons were not issued until 1922 by which time British troops had gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Premonition/The Wind That Shakes the Barley/The Lookout/The Ultimate Gift/Maxed Out (2007). See more »
Soundtracks The Wind That Shakes the Barley See more »
Quotes Damien: It's easy to know what you are against, but quite another to know what you are for.
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