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Brothers (2009)

Director(s): Jim Sheridan

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins, Jr., Mare Winningham

Genre(s): Drama, war, Family, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Hollywood > Drama

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 105m.

Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and the girls, and the two grow emotionally -- though not physically -- close. As the family finally begins to make peace with their grief, soldiers rescue POW Sam and he returns home. Sam's experiences overseas have caused him such emotional turmoil, he has a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, and soon his fear and paranoia manifest themselves in the form of jealousy for his brother's relationship with his wife. Sam Shepard and Mare Winningham co-star as the brothers' father and stepmother. (


DVD Special Features:

! Feature Audio Commentary by director Jim Sheridan

! Remade in the USA: How Brødre Become Brothers

! Jim Shredan: Film and family

Member Reviews

Sorry, Bro by Nobody - May 24, 2010
Tobey Maguire's erratic performance took the edge off of this otherwise solid film. Equally unconvincing as a marine captain, a husband, and a father, he brought the film down to the level of mediocrity. Despite this the story sustains itself fairly well and is worth watching for anyone who is interested in the subject of soldiers returning from war. Or the subject of soldiers' wives getting cozy with their (husband's) brother.