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A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (40,199 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Jim Sheridan

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire

Before leaving on his second tour in Afghanistan, Marine Captain Sam Cahill, a leader, an athlete, a good husband and father, welcomes his screw-up brother Tommy home from prison. He'd robbed a bank. In country, Sam's helicopter is shot down and all are presumed dead. Back home, while Sam wastes away as a prisoner in a remote encampment, Tommy tries to take care of the widow and her two children. While imprisoned, Sam experiences horrors unbearable, so when he's rescued and returns home, he's silent, detached, without affect, and he's convinced his wife and brother have slept together. Demons of war possess him; what will silence them?

Writers: David Benioff, Susanne Bier


Tobey Maguire

Capt. Sam Cahill

Jake Gyllenhaal

Tommy Cahill

Natalie Portman

Grace Cahill

Sam Shepard

Hank Cahill

Mare Winningham

Elsie Cahill

Bailee Madison

Isabelle Cahill

Taylor Geare

Maggie Cahill

Patrick John Flueger

Private Joe Willis

(as Patrick Flueger)

Clifton Collins Jr.

Major Cavazos

Carey Mulligan

Cassie Willis

Omid Abtahi


Navid Negahban


Ethan Suplee


Arron Shiver


Ray Prewitt


There are two sides to every family


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Release Date: 4 December 2009

Filming Locations: Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $26,000,000


Opening Weekend: $9,527,848
(6 December 2009)
(2088 Screens)

Gross: $28,501,651
(17 January 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Carey Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Festival that she got the role after sending an audition tape to America; when they shot her scenes, it was at about 3.00am, and it was largely improvised (something she enjoyed). She called it a "trial by fire".


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
In the beginning, dated in the movie as 10/7/2007, Sam says he's leaving "in 4 days" (10/11/07). Later, at the dinner table, he tells his brother he's leaving "Tuesday". 10/11/2007 was a Thursday.


Maggie Cahill:
Hey! No drinking out of the carton. It's gross.

Tommy Cahill:
Shut up. You're gross.

User Review

Did anyone know that Tobey could act?

Rating: 10/10

What drew me to this movie was the cast of Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie
Portman, two phenomenal actors in their own regards. The only
expectation that I had going into see this film was that I would be
unimpressed by Tobey Maguire. Having seen him in several films
(including Spider-Man), I must say that I wasn't prepared for the
incredible performance he provided.

This movie was very simplistic. Nothing flashy, no real special
effects, small amounts of simple guitar music as a soundtrack. But it
conveyed a whole roller coaster of emotions from the beginning. The
growth of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, the anguish displayed by Natalie
Portman, the palpable pain and suffering by Tobey Maguire, and the fear
and anger displayed by the eight-year-old Bailee Madison all combine
for a very gripping tale.

Many regard this movie as anti-war. I simply do not see it as such.
Soldiers are praised for their heroism on the battlefield (which they
completely deserve), but all too often the wounds they suffer
physically and mentally are disregarded. This movie illustrates the
very real problem of the mental health of our service men and women,
and the problems it causes in family dynamics.