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The Sisters Brothers (2018)

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In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.

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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 (as Patrice Cossoneau)
Zac Abbott Zac Abbott ... Blount Guy Dying
David Gasman ... Relay Owner
Philip Rosch ... Storekeeper Pioneer Town 2
Creed Bratton ... Quarrel Saloon Guy Town 2
Lenuta Bala Lenuta Bala ... Woman with the Bortsch
Jochen Hägele ... Horse Dealer Town 3
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Based on Patrick DeWitt's novel, The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. 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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Brothers by blood. Sisters by name.


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

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France | Spain | Romania | USA | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Aragón, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,575, 23 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,143,056, 20 December 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in France, Spain, and Romania. Despite the film's American setting, none of the scenes were shot in the United States. See more »

Goofs

In the campfire scene where John Morris and Hermann Kermit Warm are eating, the camera pans between the two characters several times during their conversation, and in those brief moments, the spoon Hermann Kermit Warm is eating with switches 4 times from his left to right hand. At 23:20 he's eating with left hand. At 23:34 he's eating with right hand. At 23:54 he's eating with left hand. At 24:12 he's eating with right hand. At 24:24 he's eating with left hand. See more »

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Charlie Sisters: You walk out the front door and finish the job.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Sisters Brothers (2018) See more »

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American Grit & French Wit Combine
23 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

American grit and French wit, sensibility and cinematic prowess combine in this unique and alluring form of the traditional western. It is about time. The results are spectacular.

Bounty hunters Eli and Charlie are brutal, efficient and effective. Charlie, often drunk, is impulsive and cynical, while Eli is more thoughtful and emotional. During the Gold Rush of 1851 they are trailing their mark from Oregon to San Francisco. Along the way they encounter thugs, spiders, mercury and frontier medicine at its best (or worst), and grapple with their fears and fantasies. Eli has strong feelings that violence invites more violence and attempts to get his brother to quit while they are ahead. Charlie, however, prefers action and meeting fears and uncertainties head on.

There was a genuine and spontaneous expression of love for the film from the audience at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. From the flashes of black powder in night to the music, cinematography, twists in the plot and quotes from Thoreau, there are so many aspects of the film from which to derive pleasure. The all-star cast includes Joaquin Phoenix (Charlie), John Reilly (Eli), Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. Reilly and Phoenix work extremely well together and the film is worth watching just to see their chemistry. The filmmakers provide realistic and refreshing portrayals of 1850s western hygiene (or lack thereof), clothing fashions, fighting, sex and roleplay, the environment and even bird songs. Modern language is employed, rather than awkward and confusing attempts to employ historical words and phrases that audiences no longer understand the meaning of.

From the director of amazing films including Dheepan, Rust and Bone and Cannes Grand Prix winner Un prophete. Audiard said he intended to show what regular life in the West was like in 1851 and he succeeded. The Sisters Brothers was shot in Spain and France, with sets in Romania, but there was no way I could tell if Audiard did not say so. Something I do not often realize, but the editing is crisp and remarkable. The scenes seem so natural in their order. The film is based on Canadian author Patrick deWitt's award winning novel.


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