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Brothers (2008)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Tobey Maguire , Jim Sheridan  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Patrick Flueger, Sam Shepard
  • Directors: Jim Sheridan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB55L2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brothers" on IMDb

Special Features

Remade in the USA: How Brodre became Brothers
Jim Sheridan: Film and Family
Audio commentary by director Jim Sheridan

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Screenwriter David Benioff (The 25th Hour) didn't have to do much to relocate Brothers from Denmark to America. The story remains the same: Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) loves his family, but he's equally devoted to his career. Just as his ne'er-do-well brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), exits prison, where he did time for robbery, the Marines deploy Sam to Afghanistan. Tommy starts looking in on his wary sister-in-law, Grace (Natalie Portman), but then Sam's helicopter crashes in the mountains, and the military informs Grace that her husband has died. Unbeknownst to the Cahill clan, the Taliban has taken Sam hostage and tortures him to elicit information. Sam resists, but his colleague caves, leading to an unthinkable act. Back in New Mexico, Grace and Tommy grow closer, stopping just short of a full-blown affair (in Susanne Bier's original, they take the plunge). Even Tommy's disapproving Vietnam vet father, Hank (Sam Shepard), sees his son in a new light after Tommy renovates Grace's kitchen. But when Sam is rescued by his company, he returns a broken man and is convinced that his wife has fallen in love with his brother. Even his daughters are afraid of him (Bailee Madison impresses as the eldest). As in Bier's film, Jim Sheridan (In America) elevates redemption and forgiveness over tragedy and loss, and his well-meaning remake gets off to a solid start, but it loses steam by the end. Brothers offers a compelling scenario, but the telling is too overstated to capture the full heartbreak of the situation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Captain Sam Cahill (Maguire) is embarking on his fourth tour of duty, leaving behind his beloved wife (Portman) and two daughters. When Sam’s Blackhawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan, the worst is presumed, leaving an enormous void in the family. Despite a dark history, Sam’s charismatic younger brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal) steps in to fill the family void.

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful February 4, 2010
By D.G.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This ensemble cast delivered the goods and nailed each of their performances.

Tobey and Jake are very believable as brothers and Natalie was the true heart of this story as her beloved husband played by Tobey goes to a very dark place as a result of his experience in the war. All of the cast members were strong and made you really care about what happened to them.

I felt their happiness,pain and sadness.

Jim Sheridan the director is true to his style and storytelling theme about war and its effects on a marriage,family and forgiveness.

There was one scene with he and Natalie that reduced me to tears and that is not an easy thing to do, thus the five star rating which is well earned and deserved!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking from experience February 8, 2010
Format:DVD
I am currently deployed in Iraq, first duty and hopefully my last. My significant other came back home from Iraq and totally cam back as a different person. This movie is as real as it gets. Highly recommanded. A truly magificant movie. Oscar winners in my book especially Toby. Left me speechless, he was right on the money.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie January 28, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I loved this movie. It instantly became one of my top 5 ever. Some of the films most intense moments are some of the most intense I've ever seen. Tobey Maguire deserves an oscar for this. Some critics have been saying that this movie is more of a melodrama than the original, but I would greatly disagreee. Great acting from all involved (including the dad) and terrific writing. After I saw it, I couldn't stop thinking about it the rest of the week. Highly recommended.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Review March 14, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
BROTHERS

STARRING: Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Shepard, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick Flueger, Clifton Collins Jr., Ethan Suplee and Mare Winningham

WRITTEN BY: David Benioff; based on the screenplay Bodre by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen

DIRECTED BY: Jim Sheridan
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 04 December 2009

I have always wondered if maybe Tobey Maguire had a dark side to him, buried away, deep behind that charming Peter Parker smile. Now that I have seen his disturbing performance in Brothers; I know that he does.

He plays Capt. Sam Hill of the U.S. Marine Corps and he does it miraculously. At first everything seems to be ok with Sam. He has a wonderful wife and two beautiful kids; a strong relationship with his father and he loves and defends his brother. However, all of that is about to change.

We learn early on in the film that he is to be shipped off to Afghanistan. He is proud to be a Marine and is equally proud to go.

Just days before he leaves, his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is released from prison. We don't know why, but Sam's wife Grace (Natalie Portman) isn't very fond of him.

Their father Hank (Sam Shepard) agrees with Grace entirely. In his eyes, the two brothers are worlds apart. Sam is the saint and Tommy is the family screw-up. Having been a Marine himself, Hank respects Sam and constantly puts Tommy down for not being more like his brother. There are some very well acted scenes between the three of these Hollywood greats; particularly the first dinner scene when Tommy is released from prison.

It's not a hard sell at all to buy Gyllenhaal and Maguire as brothers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best military movies! February 18, 2010
By N. Toth
Format:DVD
This film is Oscar worthy! Tobey McGuire should have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor!
Coming from a military family (USMC) this movie truly hit home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This movie is one of the most powerful I have seen. My husband came back from a 13 month tour in Afghanistan with severe PTSD, and this movie was a very good (but not too graphic) display of what PTSD can do to a person. The actors were perfect, making the heart wrenching story feel real. I recommend this movie with no hesitations. If you watch this, pay attention to the quote at the end. It will stay with you forever.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those times that I wish Amazon let us use half stars as I think this is more 3.5 stars than 4 full ones. I have not seen the Danish film and now I wish I had. This is because I just read here that in the Danish movie, the wife does start an affair with her brother-in-law. This film lost a lot of its punch when the director shied away from letting that happen in the American remake. As a result, it's as if someone punctured the air out of the movie past the halfway point. This should be a very taut, sharp drama throughout , which I suspect he Danish one is. The American one simply cannot sustain the same tension when the guts were removed from the script. The actors are very good, both the brothers and the wife. I think they make the best of what they've got. So the problem must be that director Jim Sheridan was worried about losing audience if he kept the film as stark as the Danish version (that a film is Scandinavian and stark borders on redundancy). This almost always happens in American remakes. We seem to do better when we use our own original source material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting, Faulty Advertising April 11, 2010
Format:DVD
The theatrical trailer for this film left me disinterested. I have a brother. I didn't want to see some movie about a wife cheating with her brother-in-law, particularly with a war hero as the foil for her actions. I didn't want to see a silly thriller with serious themes as the backdrop.

Thankfully, "Brothers" is closer to an indie film than a suspense story. It takes a hard look at family life and the effects of war on a marriage, children, and those who stand on the front lines. When Sam (Tobey Maguire) heads off for another tour in Afghanistan, he leaves behind a beautiful wife (Natalie Portman) and two young daughters, as well as his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who's been recently released from prison. The relationships are established clearly, and the acting is superb all around. The story takes a turn when Sam seems to have died in combat. He has, in fact, survived as a prisoner of the Taliban, but his family back home mourns his loss, and slowly begins to put back together the pieces. There are some poignant moments, and the parallels between Sam's war experiences and his father's--in Vietnam--create an interesting dynamic.

The story's tension picks up when Sam is faced with some horrible ethical decisions to survive. It's hard to judge or understand, and for some, his decision will seem unbelievable. For the sake of his family, he makes a hard choice, and I was willing to go with it. When he returns home, though, he is still suffering the psychological trauma of the war, and he begins to suspect his brother and wife of sleeping together. This leads to some suspenseful moments, but the deeper issue is his mental struggle to hang on after his decisions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Mediocre. I didn't think it was a very great movie but it was watchable. The ending was pretty good and better than the beginning.
Published 16 days ago by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I originally bought this movie for a research project on PTSD. It turned out to be more than i expected. This movie really broke my heart to watch. Very emotional to watch. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Peyton Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this movie
I watched this movie as part of research for a term paper on pop culture's depiction of the war; and as background for my career goal of assisting returned veterans with PTSD. Read more
Published 28 days ago by kidsdogsandlife
5.0 out of 5 stars brothers
love the movie. I watch it too many times in my tv or even on the go with my iphone.
Published 1 month ago by Jio
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
watched it on my recent plane ride and it kept me interested the entire flight. touching story. loved it. cheap price too
Published 2 months ago by Colleen Weisheipl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a family movie
Good movie for the evening. I would not watch it with the children. Excellent play of actors, love them so much!
Published 2 months ago by AnGen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Never a dull moment. The emotions run so deep through out this movie, you feel what they are going through. Wonderful acting!
Published 2 months ago by Lori Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I love this movie. Jake and Tobey are great actors as well as Natalie Portman. I would watch this movie again.
Published 2 months ago by Meghan Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers
I ordered this movie mostly because of Jake Gyllenhaal; I think he is a very talented actor. The movie itself was fantastic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gloria Glover
3.0 out of 5 stars Short
The story gets very weak past the middle of the movie. The music and the acting + some sceneries make it up though, reaching a solid 3 stars only.
Enjoyable for sure.
Published 3 months ago by W. Noshie
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