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Rated R · 104 minutes · 2009

Drama, War
Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are convincing as siblings in this tense film from director Jim Sheridan. Maguire plays Capt. Sam Cahill, a Marine in Afghanistan. He disappears and is presumed dead, leaving behind his wife, Grace (Natalie Portman, doing some of her very best work). His brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal), an ex-con, gets close to Sam’s family, complicating things when it’s discovered that Sam actually survived his copter crash and is coming home. Horrible things happened to Sam while he was held captive, and Maguire gives a harrowing performance as a man who can’t live with his own actions. Gyllenhaal matches the excellence of Maguire and Portman; this is one of the year’s better ensemble acting performances. Sam Shepard (who wrote True West, which is about brothers essentially changing roles as good and bad sons) is superb as the biased father.
Official Site: www.brothersfilm.com
Director: Jim Sheridan
Producer: Michael De Luca, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Tucker Tooley, Zach Schiff-Abrams, John Feltheimer and Scott Fischer
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick Flueger, Clifton Collins Jr., Carey Mulligan, Omid Abtahi, Ethan Suplee, Mare Winningham and Josh Berry

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The Coast Halifax Brothers reaches for emotional truths Brothers works when director Jim Sheridan wears his heart on his sleeve by Mark Palermo 12/10/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Things fall apart A powerful film that represents the stress fractures pulling apart many military families. by MaryAnn Johanson 12/03/2009
Chicago Reader Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Thursday, October 21, through Sunday, October 31, with screenings in Chicago and Northbrook by Cliff Doerksen and Andrea Gronvall 10/21/2010
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Charleston City Paper Brothers is an intense and emotional tale with stellar performances Recent movies about Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to catch the interest of audiences, which makes me feel like I should say, "Oh, don't worry. Brothers isn't really about what's happening to our soldiers in the Middle East, and what's happening to them once they come home." I hate that. by MaryAnn Johanson 12/02/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Armored, Brothers, Transylmania and more. 12/03/2009

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