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My Brother's War (1997)

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Actor James Brolin made his directorial debut in this suspense drama about political unrest in Northern Ireland. Gerry and Liam Fallon (Patrick Foy and Salvator Xuereb) are a pair of brothers who, as children, saw their father killed in a street skirmish and have grown up to become gunmen in the Irish Republican Army. When a highly ranked British dignitary is scheduled to visit Belfast, the IRA plan an attack on his motorcade, but after Liam discovers that the politician's wife and children are in the car with him, he tries to stop the planned execution and ends up shooting Gerry and his fellow volunteers. The bombing of the car, however, goes on as planned, killing the diplomat, his family, and several observers. Gerry is sentenced to life in prison, while Liam escapes capture. Following the bombing, a new round of negotiations and an IRA cease fire promises to bring peace to Northern Ireland, but Liam is uninterested in any sort of compromise with British authorities. He organizes a splinter faction of IRA volunteers to step up terrorist actions until Ireland is free. John Hall (Brolin), a former CIA agent from America, lost a sister in the bombing, and wants to help bring Liam to justice. Joining forces with Hall is Gerry, who wants nothing more than to stop his brother's reign of terror and settle down with his girlfriend Mary (Jennie Garth). Hall is able to arrange for Gerry's release in exchange for his help in putting his brother behind bars. James Brolin's son Josh Brolin appears in a supporting role as Pete, one of the IRA terrorists.

Cast

James Brolin
as John Hall
Jennie Garth
as Mary Fagan Bailey
Cristi Conaway
as Kelly Hall
Salvator Xuereb
as Liam Fallon
Patrick Foy
as Gerry Fallon
Mike Regan
as Michael Fallon
Conal O'Fatharta
as 12-Year-Old Gerry
Michael McNally
as 8-Year-Old Liam
Craig Warnock
as Conal Byrne
Dick Donoghue
as US State Secretary
Conor Maguire
as Loyalist Commander
Michael F. Boyle
as Republican Commander
James McHale
as Ericson
Mouse McHugh
as Armed Guard
Sean Brewster
as Liam Lad
Mike Duggan
as Prison Guard 1
Kieran Taylor
as Prison Guard 2
Anna Broad
as Warden
Mike Finn
as Special Security Man
John Keyes
as Sir Philip
Ray Diamond
as R&B Band
Roger Brady
as R&B Band
Paul Totman
as R&B Band
Tom McEvoy
as R&B Band
Philip Gettigan
as Ice Cream Vendor
Sean Salmon
as Older Boy
Rico Shea
as Rolly
Little John Nee
as Rolly's Mate
Turlough Moore
as Club Singer
Sean O'Brien Teague
as Police Officer
Ruth Dillon
as Guitarist
Fergus Feeley
as Guitarist
Alan Daveron
as Van Driver
Carol Hunt
as Newscaster
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The performances all around are flat and flavorless, and the screenplay is weak.

Full Review… | April 2, 2006
EricDSnider.com

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