The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Synopsis: In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: IFC First Take
  6 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

You should've gotten rid of the ball.

You can't take it home with you.

You can't take it home with you.

It's a free out.

Ah, ref, that's a disgrace.

- He held it too long. Shut your mouth.

- Ah, for God's sakes.

The ball is there.

Come on, Teddy!

Come on, Teddy!

Come on, Chris. Come on!

Teddy O'Donovan.

If you don't stop, I'll put you off.

You are not playing hurling.

It's alright. Shake my hand.

We didn't come here to fight.

We came here to play hurling.

You're on your last warning.

We're going to miss you

on the fullback line.

- When are you off to London, Doc?

- At the weekend.

What in the name of Jesus

are you going there for?

- Not enough sick people in Ireland?

- To lick the King's arse.

With a tongue like yours,

you'll be able to cure his piles.

Want to sort your own out first.

I want to see Peggy and your mam.

- She's at the farm. We'll head up.

- Grand.

Welcome. Your mother and father

would have been proud of you.

They would indeed.

- They'll be watching over you.

- Hopefully they will.

- Always knew you'd make the top.

- Well, I'm only starting, really.

Don't be shy. You're going to one of

the very best hospitals in the world.

- It is, I suppose.

- It is.

- Hello, Sinead.

- Damien.

- When are you off?

- At the weekend.

- I wish you all the best.

- Thanks very much.

- Mind yourself.

- I will.

- Right.

- God will protect you, son.

- I know he will.

- Thanks, Peggy.

OK, alright.

- Get over there!

- Against the wall, now!

Don't move a muscle.

Don't look at me! Move!

Right. How many times

have you bastards,

you Mick bastards, been told, eh?

Defence of the Realm Act.

Do you understand?

All public meetings are banned,

and that includes

your poxy little games.

Do you understand?

Take their details.

I want names. I want addresses.

I want an occupation.

- Name?

- Con O'Sullivan.

- Louder!

- Con O'Sullivan.

Ballingeary. Ironmonger.

- Name?

- Chris Reilly.

- Louder!

- Chris Reilly.

- Don't look at me, boy.

- Reaves Estate.

By the crossroads. Farm labourer.

More like a prick!

Don't grin at me, you bastard.


- Look down.

- Your name?

Micheail O'Sullivan.

What's that shite?

He doesn't want riddles!

He wants your name, in English.

Tell him. Shut the f*ck up!

Tell him.

Bit of a comic, are we, boy?

Do you see me laughing? Hm?

Well, laugh at this.

The lot of you, strip off. Now.

Shut up, you bitch! Move!

Shut the f*ck up! Move!

Move! Get back!

I'm telling you, his name...

His name is Micheail O'Sullivan.

He lives with me.

Strip off right now! Right now!

- Quicker!

- Do it right now!

Take your bastard trousers off,

you prick!

Your bollocks are in a bag.

They're not gonna drop out! Come on!

- We got a tough guy over here.

- Take your shirt off!

Take your clothes off, Micheail.

When I say strip,

I mean fucking strip.

You bastard! Get up, you bastard!

There is no one involved here.

There is no one involved here.

Get up there!

- He's only 17. He's done nothing.

- There is no one involved here.

- Shut the f*ck up!

- Micheail O'Sullivan is his name.

He's not involved in anything.

He's... He's 17 years of age.

Micheail O'Sullivan.


Get back in your trough,

you fucking sow! Get back!

17 years of age.

Not involved in anything,

yet you come here beating women

and children! Is that your game?


That's him done, Sarge.

Right, lads. Start backing off.

Big brave men, aren't you?

Sweet Jesus!

Oh, Jesus Christ. Oh, Jesus Christ.

God! Take him down. Take him down.

- Micheail?

- Micheail!

Micheail? Micheail?

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