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The Wind That Shakes The Barley

A wartime drama about the 1920’s Irish revolution against the British. The Irish medical student Damian is about to start his new job in London as he is witness to the mercenary atrocities of the British and decides to join his brother in the resistance group I.R.A to fight for Irish independence.

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Released: May 18th, 2006
Budget: N/A
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The Wind That Shakes The Barley Main Cast

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Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
plays Damien
Padraic Delaney
Padraic Delaney
plays Teddy
Liam Cunningham
Liam Cunningham
plays Dan
Orla Fitzgerald
Orla Fitzgerald
plays Sinead
Mary O'Riordan
Mary O'Riordan
plays Peggy
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): As Damien talks to the driver at the train station, modern concrete markings for the visually impaired are visible along the platform edge.
  • The commercial interest expressed in the United Kingdom was initially much lower than in other European countries and only 30 prints of the film were planned for distribution in the UK, compared with 300 in France. However, after the Palme d'Or award the film appeared on 105 screens in the UK, more than three times larger than the UK release for any of Ken Loach's previous films.
  • The title was taken from the poem The Wind that Shakes the Barley by 19th century poet Robert Dwyer Joyce: "But blood for blood without remorse // I've taken at Oulart Hollow // And laid my true love's clay-cold corpse // Where I full soon may follow //As 'round her grave I wander drear // Noon, night and morning early // With breaking heart when e'er I hear // The wind that shakes the barley". The poem is about a young man who joins the 1798 rebellion after his true love is killed.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the beginning, as the characters play a game of hurling, a farm is visible in the background, at the foot of a mountain. The buildings near the farmhouse are much too large and modern to have been constructed in 1920's Ireland.
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