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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ruthe SteinSan Francisco Chronicle

    Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief. show more

  • 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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