• Tagline: There are two sides to every family
• Director: Jim Sheridan
• Writer: David Benioff & Susanne Bier
• Release Date: 4 December 2009 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Drama | Thriller | War
• Runtime: 104 min
• Box Office #s: Here

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

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Cast Highlights

• Natalie Portman … Grace Cahill
• Tobey Maguire … Capt. Sam Cahill
• Carey Mulligan … Cassie Willis


  • 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”.
  • Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal play the brothers in this film. Maguire nearly had to decline the lead role in Spider-Man 2 (2004) due to back injuries, and Gyllenhaal was the top choice to replace him.


Maggie Cahill: Hey! No drinking out of the carton. It’s gross.
Tommy Cahill: Shut up. You’re gross.

Tommy Cahill: Your nose is like the lunar eclipse. Come on let me touch it.

Tommy Cahill: I’d cut my throat to bring him back.

Hank Cahill: [Looking around at the kitchen] What have they got here? Pancakes?
Tommy Cahill: There’s one on the floor if you want one.

Tommy Cahill: He’s my brother!