The Wind that Shakes the Barley

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In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers.

Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty
Production: N/A
Genre: drama, war
Year: 2006
MetaScore: 82/100
ImdbRating: 7.5
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 23 Mar 2007
Awards: 7 wins & 23 nominations.


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Bernadette - Mary Murphy
Micheail - Laurence Barry
Congo - Martin Lucey
Steady Boy - Aidan O'Hare
Kevin - Shane Casey
Chris - John Crean
Terence - Keith Dunphy
Francis - Kieran Hegarty
Donacha - Gerard Kearney
Volunteer - Gary McCarthy
Volunteer - Tim O'Mahon
Volunteer - Graham Browne
Volunteer - Owen Buckley
Volunteer - Aidan Fitzpatrick
Volunteer - Vince Hannington
Volunteer - Denis Kelleher
Volunteer - Colin McClery
Volunteer - Finbar O'Mahon
Volunteer - John Quinlan
Singer at Wake - Peggy Lynch
Station Guard - Noel O'Donovan
Policeman - Barry Bourke
Man in Pub - Frank O'Sullivan
Woman in Search - Corina Gough
Sir John Hamilton - Roger Allam
Johnny Gogan - William Ruane
Elderly Couple - Danny Riordan
Elderly Couple - Peg Crowley
Sweeney - Kieran Aherne
Mrs. Rafferty - Clare Dineen
Father Denis - Sean McGinley
Boy on Bike - Tomas OhEalaithe
Mother of Sick Child - Nora Lynch
Priest - Denis Conway
Ceilidh Band (as Barry Looney) - Barry L. Looney
Ceilidh Band - Connie O'Connail
Ceilidh Band - Aine O'Connor
Ceilidh Band - Francis O'Connor
Ceilidh Band - Peadr O'Riada
Newsreel Piano Accompanist - Neil Brand
Sergeant at Cottage - Tom Charnock
Sergeant at Station - Alan Ready
Lieutenant - Mark Wakeling
The Interrogator - Antony Byrne
British Soldier (as Marcus Anthony) - Anthony Mark Streeter
British Soldier (as Bill Armstrong) - William Armstrong
British Soldier - Christopher Bown
British Soldier - Mark Bryce
British Soldier - Alex Dee
British Soldier - Jonny Holmes
British Soldier - Allan Huntley
British Soldier - Bill Hurst
British Soldier - Daniel Kington
British Soldier - Jamie Lomas
British Soldier - Owen McQuade
British Soldier - Richard Oldham
British Soldier - Colin Parry
British Soldier - Scott Peden
British Soldier - Bernie Sweeney
British Soldier - Derek Taylor
British Soldier - Neil Alan Taylor
British Soldier - Gregor Wood
Theater Attendee - Fergus Burke
Volunteer - Karl Dawson
Policeman - Seamus Moynihan