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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 »


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


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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Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Братья на войне See more »

Filming Locations:

Decatur, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,142, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brothers In Arms
Written and Performed by John Ondrasik
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Profound effect
21 January 2013 | by ajmalherbeSee all my reviews

I recently watched this movie and it had quite a profound effect on me. Two things came to mind. One. The unbelievable pride these brothers have in each other and their country and two the unbelievable sadness that this pride actually can cause. I could not help but wonder if, what they are doing-is it not unbelievably selfish to those they leave behind. The young child who while growing up misses having a dad around and the young fiancé who has to sit at home and hope her husband to be will not be killed. I think she had the biggest effect on me as you can see that she is fighting back the tears while being interviewed. It just really showed that war is such a terrible thing and that being patriotic and being proud can also leave a very clearly loving family torn by what is being perceived as doing your duty to your country and doing your duty to your family. I salute this family.

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