The Sisters Brothers

Genre:  Comedy, Western
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date:
October 5, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver
October 12, 2018 - Wide
DVD: January 22, 2019
Blu-ray: January 22, 2019
VOD: January 22, 2019
Digital: January 22, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 2.80
based on 34 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed


In 1851, gunslinger brothers Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) Sisters work for a man they refer to as The Commodore, who hires them as assassins. He also hires John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) as a lookout, to locate persons of interest to him. Morris is asked to find Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), who is traveling to California to prospect for gold.

Slight of stature but intelligent, Warm has a chemical formula he's come up with that will show where gold is, making it much easier to find. The Commodore wants the men to get the specifics of the solution so he can use it himself, at which point the Sisters brothers are supposed to kill Warm.

However, Morris doesn't stick to the plan, and Eli has his share of troubles keeping his violent, alcoholic younger brother in line. The Sisters brothers run into a variety of problems along the way, including a bear who attacks Eli's horse and a corrupt woman named Mayfield (Rebecca Root), who has an entire town under her thumb.

Based on the novel by Patrick Dewitt.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): John C. Reilly, Michael De Luca, Pascal Caucheteux, Megan Ellison, Alison Dickey, Michel Merkt
Screenplay: Jacques Audiard

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  • 1 star "Worth it if you need a good nap."
  • 5 stars "A great movie. Wonderful story line. Great acting. Highly recommend."
  • 4 stars "If you enjoy the development of character, this for you. It is the story of the dynamics between two brothers, as well as other character's life pupose. The fact it is a western is almost irrelevant. It could be set any time or place. The comedy was dark, and it's only point was to juxtapose the intricacies of tragic choices people have to make. No, it's not as good as the book. But movies rarely are, because they don't have the time to go in depth."