In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix), chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally.

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Jacques Audiard

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Jacques Audiard (screenplay by), Thomas Bidegain (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Eli Sisters
Joaquin Phoenix ... Charlie Sisters
Jake Gyllenhaal ... John Morris
Riz Ahmed ... Hermann Kermit Warm
Rebecca Root ... Mayfield
Allison Tolman ... Girl Mayfield Saloon
Rutger Hauer ... The Commodore
Carol Kane ... Mrs Sisters
Patrice Cossonneau Patrice Cossonneau ... Blount
Zac Abbott Zac Abbott ... Blount Guy Dying (as Zack Abbott)
David Gasman ... Relay Owner
Philip Rosch ... Storekeeper Pioneer Town 2
Creed Bratton ... Quarrel Saloon Guy Town 02
Lenuta Bala Lenuta Bala ... Woman with the Bortsch
Jochen Hägele ... Horse Dealer Town 03
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Storyline

Based on Patrick DeWitt's novel, This movie revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), who's being pursued across one thousand miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco, California by the notorious assassins Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix). Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. Written by Polly_Kat

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Make a killing. Make a living. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including disturbing images, language, and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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This movie featured the pairing of Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. Phoenix starred as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (2005), while Reilly played the title role in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), which spoofs Johnny Cash among other recording artists. See more »

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At several points throughout the film, starting from the first town scene, House Sparrows are heard calling in the background. However this species was not introduced to the US from Europe until 1852, and only then in New York. See more »

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[first lines]
Charlie Sisters: [in the dark] Hey! This is the Sisters Brothers. The Commodore sent us. He knows you have Blount. Hand him over and the rest of you will live.
[gunfire]
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One of the Best Westerns in Years
3 October 2018 | by Zachary_goodwinSee all my reviews

The Sisters Brothers is a superb narrative driven western that doesn't hold back on it's true colors. John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix star as an incredible dynamic brother duo, working as assassins chasing Riz Ahmed along with Jake Gyllenhaal, a pair recent pair from Nightcrawler (2014). With outstanding performances all around, the actors create a terrific sense of realism in the relationships between characters, John C Reilly stands out, as he delivers one of his most outstanding serious and heartfelt performances yet. The film takes it times establishing itself as a true but unique western with charm and intensity, but the film hits it's prime in the third act delivering brutal and vigorous scenes. The score fits perfectly into the vibe and tone and elevates scenes to higher and more emotionally gripping spectacle. The cinematography is also notable, with exception use of gun flashes in the dark, and alluring composition. As an entirety, the film is extremely compelling and is one of the best westerns in the past decade.


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France | Spain | Romania | Belgium | USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aragón, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,575, 23 September 2018

Gross USA:

$3,143,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,143,056
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2.39 : 1
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