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Brothers - Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jim Sheridan

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Movie propaganda

When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home - with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family. Brothers tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam's farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie (Mare Winningham) and Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard), a retired Marine.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama war USA soldier Marine marriage family relationships Afghanistan Taliban capture death widow grief

Persons of interest

  • Jake Gyllenhaal .... Tommy Cahill
  • Natalie Portman .... Grace Cahill
  • Tobey Maguire .... Captain Sam Cahill
  • Clifton Collins Jr .... Major Cavazos
  • Bailee Madison .... Isabelle Cahill
  • Sam Shepard .... Hank Cahill
  • Mare Winningham .... Elsie Cahill
  • Taylor Geare .... Maggie Cahill
  • Patrick Flueger .... Private Joe Willis
  • Jenny Wade .... Tina
  • Carey Mulligan .... Cassie Willis
  • Omid Abtahi .... Yusuf
  • Navid Negahban .... Murad
  • Ethan Suplee .... Sweeney
  • Arron Shiver .... AJ
  • Ray Prewitt .... Owen
  • Jason E Hill .... Lieutenant Sanderson
  • James D Dever .... Sergeant Major Dever
  • Luce Rains .... The Nose
  • Enayat Delawary .... Ahmed
  • Rick La Monda .... Elvis
  • Susanne Bier .... Screenwriter: Brødre
  • Anders Thomas Jensen .... Screenwriter: Brødre
  • David Benioff .... Screenwriter
  • Jim Sheridan .... Director

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Theatrical report

Bugger! Everything about this film was giving me déjà vu until I realised that I'd already seen the original Swedish version on bloody SBS. Bastards.

There are two differences between the two films. The first is that Brødre is a lot smaller; even in the open countryside, it's claustrophobic. The second is that Brothers is a lot slicker; you expect that from Hollywood with its huge production budgets.

Now, taken on its own, the American version is another film about fallout from the War of Terror (see also Stop Loss, Dear John). It asks what happens to those who are left at home, never knowing how their loved-one is faring. It's no wonder that so many military marriages break down. It's no wonder that so many widows take up with the first helpful man who comes along, generally someone who is entirely inappropriate because they're the sibling of the dead soldier. Perhaps it's a genetic thing: the widow needs a man to replace her husband and her husband's brother is the closest she can get to the real thing; the brother-in-law gets to resolve his sibling rivalry and those nieces and nephews are carrying lots of his DNA, representing a strong genetic investment/return. Or it could just be that brothers tend to be attracted to the same things.

Anyway, knowing what's going to happen is a bitch and I knew what was going to happen so the surprise twists weren't surprising at all. They will be for you because I'm not going to tell you what they are and they're worth experiencing in context.

The drama, war, USA movie Brothers is directed by Jim Sheridan and stars Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Media intelligence (Blu-ray)

  • Audio: DTS HD
  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Director Jim Sheridan
    • Featurettes:
      • Jim Sheridan: Film & family
      • Remade in the USA: How Brødre became Brothers
  • Subtitles: English

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes:
      • Jim Sheridan: Film & family
      • Remade in the USA: How Brødre became Brothers
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Government security censorship classification

M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)

Surveillance time

104 minutes (1:44 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 March 2010
Disc: 16 July 2010

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