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From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents...and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California — a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity? THE SISTERS BROTHERS also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as learned scout John Morris and Riz Ahmed as fugitive chemist Hermann Kermit Warm.


  • John C. Reilly
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Rebecca Root
  • Allison Tolman
  • Rutger Hauer
  • Carol Kane
  • Patrice Cossonneau
  • Zac Abbott

Did You Know?


  • Based on the 2011 novel by Canadian author Patrick DeWitt.
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  • In the campfire scene where John Morris and Hermann Kermit Warm are eating, the camera pans between the two characters several times during their conversation, and in those brief moments, the spoon Hermann Kermit Warm is eating with switches 4 times from his left to right hand. At 23:20 he's eating with left hand. At 23:34 he's eating with right hand. At 23:54 he's eating with left hand. At 24:12 he's eating with right hand. At 24:24 he's eating with left hand.
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    • Charlie Sisters: Hey, this is the Sisters brothers! You don't stand a chance!
    • Eli Sisters: Charlie?
    • Charlie Sisters: Huh?
    • Eli Sisters: We've had a good long run. We need to get out. We can open a store together.
    • Charlie Sisters: A store? This is nonsense!
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I want my money back.

Burt V
Verified Review

I thought it was pretty good for what it was. I was expecting it to be kind of goofy based on the trailers, but it had a lot more heart and seriousness. The casting was great - looking at the names I figured it would be strong, and I wasn't disappointed. Fun way to spend a late morning.

Joey S


Sep 27, 2018

The second hour, though, strides toward its impressively unstinting resolution with magisterial confidence. With the characters finally stripped of the hardness they’d been forced to wear, their raw selves glisten in the sun until it’s time to wearily tie the carapace back on.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Sep 2, 2018

This first English-language outing by the ever-adventurous French director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) is a connoisseur’s delight, as it's boisterously acted and detailed down to its last bit of shirt stitching.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 2, 2018

This is a Western which is rugged and raw, eschewing the genre’s mythmaking for something a little more off the beaten path.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International