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Brothers at War (2009)

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An intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The... See full summary »

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Jake Rademacher
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Credited cast:
Mahmoud Hamid Ali Mahmoud Hamid Ali ... Himself
Edward Allier Edward Allier ... Himself
Ryan Baker Ryan Baker ... Himself
Zack Corke Zack Corke ... Himself
Danelle Fields Danelle Fields ... Herself
Ben Fisher Ben Fisher ... Himself
Jason Grundy Jason Grundy ... Himself
Patrick Irvine Patrick Irvine ... Himself
David Keniston David Keniston ... Himself (as Kevin Keniston)
Christopher MacKay Christopher MacKay ... Himself
Frank McCann Frank McCann ... Himself
Brandon 'Mongo' Phillips Brandon 'Mongo' Phillips ... Himself
Claus Rademacher Claus Rademacher ... Himself
Isaac Rademacher Isaac Rademacher ... Himself
Jake Rademacher ... Himself
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An intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake's exploits as he risks everything-including his life-to tell his brothers' story. Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, it is a remarkable journey where Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to US and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper "hide sites" in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army. Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives, and children. It is a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the front lines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. Written by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Documentary | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a brief war image | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Decatur, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,142, 15 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$152,798, 29 May 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brothers In Arms
Written and Performed by John Ondrasik
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Former Marine
17 January 2010 | by beefy_1984See all my reviews

While being deployed overseas, humor, sarcasm, and what some may deem "childish behavior" kept my fellow Marines and I sane. While some people may view the individuals in the movie to be joking around or making fun of certain situations, I see it as these people trying to survive mentally while in a seriously stressful situation. If you haven't been over there, please don't criticize a veteran for the way he or she may act or have acted in this documentary. Take this movie for what it is. A documentary film maker most likely does NOT have the ability to cure the country of Iraq's problems in a 2 hour film, so don't expect to see it happen. A Soldier's joking nature is not a slap in the face to anyone's culture, so don't think it is. It may be his/her way of coping with anxiety. If you're offended by my comments, you can thank my fellow Veterans in providing my right to freedom of speech. You're welcome.


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