In the Mixed Martial Arts drama “Warrior,” estranged brothers Brendan and Tommy Conlon (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) compete in a bone-crunching, butt-kicking tournament. In honor of director Gavin O’Connor’s MMA-meets “Rocky”-meets Cain and Abel flick, which hits theaters tomorrow, we spotlight some other notable films about “brothers at war”:
The Godfather Part II
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.” With those words, which foreshadow him murdering his brother, the once-idealistic Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) completes his downward spiral into dark, ruthless criminality.
They’re not technically brothers, but the marriage of their parents brings together Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly), who go at it for about an hour of screen time. The all-out conflict involves wrestling, cruel pranks, lawn fights with baseball bats and golf clubs and more.
The moral of Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers”: It’s never a good idea to fall in love with your brother’s wife, even if you think he died in a war, because he probably didn’t and he won’t be happy about it.
Legends of the Fall
The best way to one-up one brother falling for another brother’s woman is to have three brothers falling for the same lady. That’s what happens in this sweeping, melodramatic epic starring a long-haired Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.
Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a smart, forlorn screenwriter having struggling to adapt a book. Donald (Cage again) is his less-talented, hack twin brother who writes Hollywood junk. Out of desperation, Charlie turns to Donald for help. Their cerebral rivalry is no less intense than those mentioned above.