The Wind That Shakes The Barley

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

DVD - 2006
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Ireland, 1920: Workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless "Black and Tan" squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien joins his brother in the fight for liberation. As the freedom fighters' bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But that treaty will create dissentions, pitting brothers in arms against one another.
Publisher: Montreal, QC : Christal films, 2006
Branch Call Number: DVD WIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) :,sd., col.

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ba_library
Jan 12, 2017

I do not know enough about Irish history to understand this film. Takes place in 1920 when Ireland is fighting for independence from Britain. Starts with violent British troops harassing the Irish and the local Irish forming up militarily to stop the British troops. In the end Irish resistance fighters split into Irish Republicans and what becomes the IRA (I think?) Cillian Murphy is great as a young doctor involved in the independence movement. I got a bit confused with the guys - they all sort of looked the same and I couldn't connect character names to them. The Irish accent were a bit overwhelming at times. I recently borrowed a DVD titled '71 (an English soldier based in Northern Ireland in the 1970s) and someone made a suggestion to watch The Wind That shakes the Barley, even though there is a 50 year time difference between the two DVDs.

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re_discover
Jul 14, 2016

I couldn't get into "The Wind That Shakes the Barley". There was no character development.

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coasting
Apr 28, 2016

Superb. The violent activities of the Black and Tans, who were recruited from the Glasgow slums, and the British army, were shown in distressing detail. As inevitable, the clashes after the amnesty which saw the birth of the IRA, caused great grief between families. An absorbing film but I have to agree with other comments, sub-titles would help as the accent obscures a lot of the dialogue.

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bitsysmom
Jan 25, 2016

A great story about the Irish freedom fighters and their struggle against the Black and Tan and the British government. Great story. Great acting. I loved it.

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RainbowRabbit
Jan 07, 2016

Great story with realistic acting. I wish that there had been subtitles for the hearing impaired, as the accent was strong at times.

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Monolith
Nov 08, 2015

An extremely moving representation of Ireland's David taking on England's Goliath only one century ago. An outstanding film.

Excellent movie of the Irish aspiration for Independence set in 1919-1921. I find it hypocritical of the post-WW1 British government, having just fought off it's German aggressors, to feel so righteous in crushing any Irish claim for independence from their rule. It was then Secretary of State for War Churchill and British PM Lloyd George who sent in the notoriously brutal Black and Tans and the war-hardened Auxilaries who terrorized, tortured, and murdered so many innocent Irish people, especially the Irish Catholic, which has been well documented. It was not until these atrocities were published in International media and there was subsequent outcry (notably from the U.S.) did the British pull back these militia. The British government has much to be accountable for and ashamed of but we've yet to hear an apology.

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JackPurcell
Mar 30, 2015

Excellent movie set in a time of great turmoil when the British could still lord it over people all over the planet [and did].

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IV27HUjg
Dec 30, 2014

I was impressed with the acting & history (which is very confusing.) I did have to turn on subtitles very quickly while into first 10 minutes.

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ameliepeace
Jan 08, 2014

No matter what --- Don't let the politics divide the families. It's just not worth it!!!

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