Four Brothers

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After their adoptive mother is gunned down during a grocery store holdup, four estranged brothers reunite to seek revenge and take matters into their own hands. Defying police orders, the four begin turning their old Detroit neighborhood upside down searching for the mastermind behind the brutal killing. Along the way, they discover they are bound by ties thicker than blood in this emotionally powerful, action-packed drama.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 40725655
UPC 097363440741
UPC 14 00097363440741
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Brothers
Crime
Killer
Murder
Revenge
Theatrical Release
Violence
Editors Note
Note When their beloved foster mother is killed in a holdup, four tough brothers reunite in their old Detroit neighborhood with revenge on their minds. Mark Wahlberg plays the brawl-hungry leader, Bobby. His brother, Angel (Tyrese Gibson), is a rowdy sailor with a high-strung Latina girlfriend (Sofi Vergara). Garrett Hedlun plays the young rock & roller of the clan. And Outkast's Andre 3000 is the family man whose tenuous mob connection may link him to the killers. Director John Singleton ably blends his action skills (SHAFT, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS) and his gift for capturing the warm heart at the center of violent urban masculinity (BABY BOY, BOYZ N THE HOOD) to create a cooked-to-perfection gangsta stew. A soundtrack jammed with 1970s Motown classics roots everything firmly in the gritty tradition of the best of that decade's blaxploitation and urban revenge thrillers. Action highlights include a skidding car chase through snowy streets, some rough street hockey, and a bullet-intensive neighborhood shoot-out. With its talented, likeable cast, clever plotting, and sharp dialogue, this is a real crowd-pleaser that nonetheless doesn't shy away from depictions of street violence. There's not an ounce of fat on it--no extraneous romance, and no going "straight" at the end. Terrence Howard (HUSTLE & FLOW) is the well-meaning but ineffectual detective who tries to put a lid on the boys' rebelliousness. The spirits of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson should be proud, and action fans will be well pleased.
Reviews
USA Today "[S}olidly entertaining....BROTHERS works only on a larger-than-life level. But on that level, the zest is back." 08/12/2005 p.15D
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ifted above remake status by Singleton's claustrophobic action sequences and Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance..." 03/01/2006 p.134
Directors
John Singleton
Actors
Tyrese Gibson
Garrett Hedlund
Mark Wahlberg
Cast & Crew
Andre Benjamin - Actor
Billy Fox, et. al. - Editor
David Arnold, et. al. - Original Music By
David Elliot, et. al. - Writer
Erik Howsam, et. al. - Executive Producer
Garrett Hedlund - Actor
John Singleton - Director
Keith Brian Burns - Production Designer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura - Producer
Mark Wahlberg - Actor
Peter Menzies, Jr. - Cinematographer
Tyrese Gibson - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 344074
UPC 00097363440741
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers. Howard's ferocity and feeling remind us of his let's-talk-Oscar tour de force in Hustle and Flow, which Singleton produced -- and which radiates an authenticity that Four Brothers loses along the way.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review John Singleton's Four Brothers is an urban Western, or maybe it's an urban movie inspired by a Western; either way, it's intended to be more mythic than realistic. It connects with underlying moral currents in the way Westerns used to, back before greed, fear, anger and "society" provided action movies with all the motivation they needed.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Trailer
Product Attributes
Actor Wahlberg,Mark
Label Paramount Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Fred Saxon, FOX-TV Action, emotion, passion and a great story.

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