December 4th 2009
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 110 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick Flueger, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham, Clifton Collins Jr., Carey Mulligan, Omid Abtahi, Navid Negahban, Ethan Suplee, Arron Shiver, Ray Prewitt, Jenny Wade, Jason E. Hill, Kevin Wiggins, Yousuf Azami, James D. Dever, Luce Rains, Enayat Delawary
  • Director: Jim Sheridan
  • Writers: David Benioff, Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Producers: Michael De Luca, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
  • Co Producers: Matt Battaglia, Mark Fischer
  • Executive Producers: Scott Fischer, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Jeremiah Samuels
  • Art Direction: Guy Barnes
  • Casting: Avy Kaufman
  • Costume Design: Durinda Wood
  • D.O.P.: Frederick Elmes
  • Editor: Jay Cassidy
  • Makeup: Michelle Vittone
  • Music: Thomas Newman
  • Production Design: Tony Fanning
  • Set Decoration: Wendy Ozols-Barnes


When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home—with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family.

"Brothers" tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirtysomething Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam's farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie (Mare Winningham) and Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard), a retired Marine.

Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

But Sam is not dead; he and a fellow soldier have been captured by Taliban fighters. In Afghanistan's harsh, remote Pamir Mountains, Sam is subjected to traumas that threaten to rob him of his very humanity. At the same time that Sam's sense of self is being destroyed overseas, Tommy's self-image is strengthening at home. And in the grief and strangeness of their new lives, Grace and Tommy are naturally drawn together. Their longstanding frostiness dissolves, but both are frightened and ashamed of the mutual attraction that has replaced it.

When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, a nervous mood settles over the family. Sam, uncharacteristically withdrawn and volatile, grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other. In the shifting family dynamics, who will dominate? And how will the brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them?

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Las Vegas, USA; Los Alamos, USA; Santa Clarita, USA; Santa Fe, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some disturbing violent content
  • Production Companies: Michael De Luca Productions, Palomar Pictures, Relativity Media
  • Production Schedule: October 2007 - December 2007

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The film is based on Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre which partially takes place in Afghanistan, replacing Danish soldiers with Irish-Americans.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 December 2009: Israel
  • 10 December 2009: Netherlands
  • 23 December 2009: Belgium, Italy
  • 22 January 2010: UK
  • 28 January 2010: Denmark
  • 3 February 2010: France
  • 26 February 2010: Sweden
  • 5 March 2010: Finland