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I don't know who said 'only the dead have seen the end of war'. I have seen the end of war. The question is: can I live again?
~ Sam's letter.

Captain Sam Cahill is the main protagonist in the 2009 war-thriller Brothers. He is portrayed by Tobey Maguire, who is famously known as former Spider-Man actor in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy and also played Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. Maguire's performance was praised, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.


When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family. Brothers tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty something Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace, with whom he has two young daughter. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam’s farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie and Hank Cahill, a retired Marine. Sam Cahill is currently at both the Mental Hospital and Jail after he had a violent, scary, unacceptable mental breakdown at his family's house. His wife, Grace, divorced him after the ending clip when Sam tells the truth to her that he killed his soldier friend, Joe Willis, in Afghanistan, and having one last hug when Grace met Sam outside of the mental hospital.