Brothers Movie

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Who's Involved:

David Benioff, Natalie Portman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael De Luca, Tobey Maguire, Tucker Tooley, Bailee Madison, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham, Jim Sheridan, Clifton Collins, Joni Sighvatsson, Taylor Geare

Release Date:

Friday, December 4, 2009 Nationwide

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

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.

Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

But Sam is not dead; he and a fellow soldier have been captured by Taliban fighters. In Afghanistan’s harsh, remote Pamir Mountains, Sam is subjected to traumas that threaten to rob him of his very humanity. At the same time that Sam’s sense of self is being destroyed overseas, Tommy’s self-image is strengthening at home. And in the grief and strangeness of their new lives, Grace and Tommy are naturally drawn together. Their longstanding frostiness dissolves, but both are ashamed of the mutual attraction that has replaced it.

When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, a nervous mood settles over the family. Sam, uncharacteristically withdrawn and volatile, grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other. In the shifting family dynamics, who will dominate? And how will the brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them?

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Who stars in Brothers: Cast List

Babylon, Pawn Sacrifice  

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant, Ambulance  

Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Swan  

A Cinderella Story: Starstruck, A Week Away  

Dream House  

Out of the Furnace, August: Osage County  

Hellbenders, Transcendence  

News of the World, All My Puny Sorrows  

Who's making Brothers: Crew List

A look at the Brothers behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Jim Sheridan last directed Dream House and Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The film's writer David Benioff last wrote Gemini Man and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.


David Benioff


Ryan Kavanaugh
Michael De Luca
Joni Sighvatsson

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Production: What we know about Brothers?

Key Facts

  1. A remake of 2004 Danish film.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2010 - March: The film was set to Completed  status.

Brothers Release Date: When was the film released?

Brothers was a Nationwide release in 2009 on Friday, December 4, 2009 in around 2,088 theaters. There were 8 other movies released on the same date, including Armored, Everybody's Fine and One Peace at a Time.

Brothers DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Brothers was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 .

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