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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

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Original title: Wind That Shakes the Barley, The

Release Date
• USA: Mar 16, 2007
BoxOffice: $1.8M

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Running Time
2 hours, 6 minutes

Country Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, UK

Production Companies
BIM Distribuzione, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, EMC Produktion, Element Films, Film Coop, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Matador Pictures, Pathé Distribution, Regent Capital (in association with), Sixteen Films Ltd., TV3 Television Network Irela

Studio Paramount Pictures

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Genre: Drama

Plot: Set in 1916 in Ireland, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY is the story of Damien (Cillain Murphy), a young Irishman about to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. When his friend is brutally murdered for standing up to a band of British soldiers, Damien abandons his medical career and joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delany) in the fight for freedom. Small guerrilla groups of Irish farmers begin to wage bloody attacks, forcing the government to negotiate a ceasefire. The Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty is offered, but it puts Teddy and Damien at odds. Teddy believes they should accept the treaty and try to work within the system to avoid further bloodshed, while Damien thinks they should continue to fight until they are completely free of British rule. Whereas the two brothers used to fight side by side, they now find themselves divided, and forced to choose between their familial bond and their ardent beliefs.

Murphy and Delany both give standout performances as the battling brothers. Murphy flashes his otherworldly blue eyes and conveys his character's fierce intellect, as well as the deep sadness of his struggle. Delany, for his part, tries to come off as all brawn and bravery, but cannot conceal his sensitive heart--his face glows with rage one minute, then crumples

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 Directed by
Ken Loach
My Name Is Joe, Sweet Sixteen, Land and Freedom
 Written by
Paul Laverty
My Name Is Joe, Sweet Sixteen, Just a Kiss
Cillian Murphy
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Liam Cunningham
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William Ruane
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Kieran Aherne
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Roger Allam
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 Music By
George Fenton
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