The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

DVD - 2019
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In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
"A dusty, squint-eyed Western ramble full of wry cowboy humor and sudden death."--Entertainment Weekly.
"This alcohol-soaked Frontier road trip constantly reinvents itself at every turn in fun, witty and ultimately touching ways."--Roger Ebert.
"A pleasing, lovingly crafted Western from a surprising source."--Hollywood Reporter.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2019.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 17, 2019

A well shot film, with an ensemble cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Riley, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Set shortly after the start of the California Gold Rush in 1851, the story follows the Sisters Brothers, Eli and Charlie, a pair of violent hitman working for the distant and enigmatic "Commodore." There mission sees them pursuing a chemist portrayed by Riz Ahmed, who has purportedly discovered a more simplified system for discovering gold. The movie is violent and fast paced, with a natural pairing between Riley and Gyllenhaal in terms of dialogue and presence. The movie does a great job capturing the scenic vistas of Northern California and Oregon, as well as period styles of dress and manners. The movie, however, seems to presuppose that the viewer has read the books, as it seems like there is something that is missing in the story of the film. While I was captured by the imagery of the film the plot fell flat for me.

Jun 13, 2019

Realistic, definitely bloody and violent. Wish I hadn't watched it before going to bed....nightmares!

Jun 12, 2019

Dark, boring, bloody.

May 27, 2019

Great book (read a few years back) and great movie. Sensibilities is the word coming to mind.

May 09, 2019

Agree with Janice21383's comment except the wanting to hug bit as each of the four male leads needed a bath and scrubbing after what they have gone through. Mom knows best, right? ("You smell bad.") One of the most realistic and heartfelt familial brotherly love film I have ever watched.

Apr 30, 2019

An unconventional Western with two (or four) dubious heroes, and a tone that veers from comedy to tragedy and back again in the same scene or even in the same sentence. What's not to love? Seldom have I cared as much for characters in a movie, which is partly because of the story (from Sidney's own Patrick deWitt), and partly because of the four principal actors. They are so human and real, I just wanted to hug the varmints. Gorgeous cinematography and score, too. If you're looking for something different -- here you go, something different.

Apr 29, 2019

If you loved the book, please, please, please spare yourself the pain of watching this film.

The screenwriter/director stripped out everything that was funny and magical from the story and left this bland shell of a film in its place.

Apr 11, 2019

best western in years, weird it took a French production co. to do it

Apr 05, 2019

Average movie,, good writing, but movie very slow in parts...but I kept it going until the end

Mar 23, 2019

A good movie, not great. The performances were solid. The novel is much better: I strongly recommend reading it. The movie provides some visual language that might be hard to gather from the novel. The plot is somewhat different between the movie and the novel, though I can't say one is better than the other. The novel provides more depth, particularly in regards to Eli Sisters (the more reluctant participant in their shared profession of killing). The motivation for Warm's gold prospecting is different in the movie (as far as I know) in comparison to the novel; an interesting variation, but probably unnecessary. The movie's worth 3.5 stars, in my opinion.

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May 09, 2019

The mission:

Why do we have to find Morris?
-He's after a prospector named Hermann Kermit Warm.
Great. He can find him and kill him, then. End of story.
-Morris is a scout, he's not a killer. The mission is, Morris finds Warm, he holds him, we come in and finish the job. That's the mission.
What about the horses?
-What's your goddamn problem with the horses? The Commodore told us he would get us new horses. Isn't that what he did?
No. For you he got a new horse. For me, he made room in his stable and got rid of some horse meat.
The bickering:
The man can't be everywhere at once. It stands to reason he'd be victimized.
Yes, victimized.
-The Commodore is victimized?
Well, what would you call it? If a man is forced to protect his fortune with the likes of us, what would you call it?
-Not victimized.
You're not gonna start nitpicking over every word, are you?

May 09, 2019

The fathers (from IMDb quotes, thanks):

John Morris: I left my family out of hatred and that my father was the person I despised most in this world. I despised everything about him. I sincerely thought I had been freed of all that until tonight. Listening to you, what do I realize? That most of the things that I thought I'd been doing these past years, freely the opinions that I thought I had of my own volition were in fact dictated by my hatred towards that man. I'm 35 years old and my life is like an empty cylinder.

Charlie Sisters: You do realize that our father was stark raving mad and we got his foul blood in our veins? That was his gift to us. That blood is why we're good at what we do.

Eli Sisters: Our father drank, Charlie.

Charlie Sisters: Touché.
Not in IMDb:
Eli: And I'm the older one. It should have been me.
Warm: Do you regret that?
Eli: Yes. 'Cause after that, Charlie was never the same.


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