Brother's Keeper
Brother's Keeper (1992)

The first feature-length effort by documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Brother's Keeper unfolds a strange-but-true story about a most unorthodox family. 59-year-old Delbert Ward lives with his brothers Bill, Roscoe,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Emanuel Levy

A discomforting, almost surreal study of a rural murder case, which offers fascinating insights about both family and community dynamics.

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Jake Euker

A stirring, emotionally complicated documentary with a timeless theme: murder.

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Josh Larsen

...could be accused of exploiting the Wards except that the movie develops exploitation as one of its themes.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

documentaries truly can be as suspenseful and dramatic as any fictional narrative.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a bizarre and fascinating look at the dynamics of community.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The excellent humanistic documentary is a rich slice of life piece of Americana.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

A wonderfully touching film filled with tension, heartache and amazing twists.

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Jim Hunter
An outcast, illiterate farmer is accused of murdering his brother. This documentary is phenomenal in its ability to present this case objectively; as though I… More
Ivan Descartin
Typical documentaries are usually made to present facts, give the makers a chance to insert some subjective opinions of their own about a topic, then ends it… More
John Ballantine
Incredible true story of a couple of aging brothers who never tied the knot and ended up living together in poverty in the golden years of their lives. Through… More
Christopher Brown
Riveting doc about two "simple" farmers. When one passes away, the other is accused of his murder. What happens next is amazing, when it becomes the… More
Christopher Haskell
"Brother's Keeper" is an interesting documentary about an old man from the backwoods brought up on charges for murdering his elderly brother. Not… More