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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Not Yet Rated| 2 hr. 6 min.

Plot Summary
In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan (Cillian Murphy) prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.

Cast: Cillian Murphy , Padraic Delaney , Liam Cunningham , Orla Fitzgerald , Mary Riordan , Mary Murphy , Laurence Barry , Damien Kearney

Director: Ken Loach

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: IFC Films

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Release Date: March 16th, 2007|2 hr. 6 min.

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  • May 22, 2008 dirtyfiend
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    Little is known outside Ireland of the centuries of terror brought upon by the neighboring English but this excellent movie captures a small but important part of the sad history of the Irish struggle for freedom.

  • May 22, 2008 pomspringz
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    If you're not up on your Irish history, you may find this very difficult going. Unfortunately, the movie does not present the context of the conflict or the time period in an easily understandable form. I also found the ending completely unsatisfying and unbelievable. The film was too long, and the characters spend a lot of time yelling at each other. I think it will require a special kind of person to find this film a rewarding experience.

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