Brothers At War
R
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: -2

Samuel Goldwyn Films began issuing prints of this dynamic documentary for limited release in early March. Set for wider release March 27. See www.brothersatwarmovie.com for all 20 opening markets.

“The media took the 15 people at Abu Ghraib and made them the face of the military.  
This film is a true portrait of our military and their families.”

Gary Sinise, Executive Producer
Feb. 20, 2009, National Press Club

FILM SYNOPSIS: Brothers At War is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time.  Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake's exploits as he risks everything –including his life – to tell his brothers' story.  Often humorous though sometimes downright lethal, Brothers At War is a remarkable journey that finds Jake embedded with four combat units in Iraq. Brothers At War is a rare view of the bonds among soldiers who serve and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. The unprecedented access to U. S. and Iraqi combat units, possibly because they trusted the filmmaker, gives us an actual account of the work being done in that country.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Though we critics often overuse words like powerful and dynamic, they effectively convey the effect of this documentary. And while most filmgoers prefer dramas, comedies and superhero action adventures to documentaries, this is one that can justly be called a powerful, dynamic film experience. Keep in mind, this is an up-close look at the life of soldiers, therefore, you can expect some raw language and a few crude sexual remarks. But you also see a depth of character, a respect for things spiritual and a close up view of what a soldier undergoes on a daily basis.

After screening the film for the National Guard Association in Nashville, the audience remained afterward in order to discuss the film. The consensus was a resounding appreciation, indicating that this wasn’t a Hollywood version of the Iraq war where filmmakers preferred their own agenda to an honest account of why a soldier fights.

It’s gut-wrenching at moments, but Brothers At War gives you a clarification seldom offered by filmmakers. You’ll be disturbed by what a soldier undertakes in the name of a cause, but ultimately you’ll be uplifted, encouraged and inspired by this powerful, dynamic film.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Summary
Crude Language: A few (not many) crude sexual comments by soldiers.
Obscene Language: Soldiers at war – oh, yeah, there’s some offensive language, mainly expressed by way of the f- and s-words – around 50 of the f-word, 30 of the s-word.
Profanity: Two misuses of Jesus’ name and two profane uses of God’s name.
Violence: There is always an aura of danger; we see several dead bodies and during one documented attack, two soldiers are wounded badly, there is a graphic shot of the bloodied face of one soldier. Blood: Some blood during the one shot.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some beer drinking in one or two scenes.
Other: None
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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