• The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Release Date: 2006

DVD Release Date: September 4th, 2007

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 , Drama

Production Co: UK Film Council, Irish Film Board, TV3 Ireland, Tornasol Films S.A., Cineart

Keywords: Death , Soldier , Underdog , Emotional , Dark , Doctor , Brother , Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother is pitched against brother. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Some of Mr. Loach's earlier feature films have been easier to admire than to enjoy. This one, which won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, fairly vibrates with dramatic energy.

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