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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
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Bernard MacLaverty 

Produced by
Danny Boyle .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Philip Dawson 
John Ward 
 
Film Editing by
Don O'Donovan 
 
Costume Design by
Maggie Donnelly 
 
Makeup Department
Kathy Carruth .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jennifer McAufield .... production manager
 
Art Department
John Jenkins .... scenic supervisor
John McCready .... properties buyer
 
Sound Department
Bryan Elliott .... boom operator
Ken Hains .... dubbing mixer
Peter Lindsay .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Wragg .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allister Maxwell .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Ken Bond .... armorer
Paul Clarke .... design
Mark Huffam .... assistant floor manager
Kevin Jackson .... location manager
Stephen Killen .... assistant floor manager
Christine Sufferin .... production assistant
 

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39 min
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Director Alan Clarke's final film.See more »
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Referenced in Memories of: Elephant (2004) (V)See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing, 4 February 2005
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

This film was made for British television in 1988, the last film by it's controversial creator Alan Clarke. There's no story here at all. Set in Northern Ireland, the film depicts a series of seemingly random killings.

It is shot entirely on location with completely unknown actors. The film is quite disturbingly realistic. There is almost no dialogue in the film and absolutely no attempt to give the film any kind of context.

The film is certainly well-made and impressive but the initial sense of shock fades before the film is over and the repeated images soon become dull, which might be the film's most disturbing aspect. In a way the use of gliding camera movements following characters either to their own deaths or to kill someone else, as well as the film's frequent use of holding on the image of the victims for some time after the killings take place can work against the involvement you might feel for this film.

It is certainly worth watching, however. The casualness of the brutality and the haunting images linger for a long time after the end credits roll

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good film. does van sant have any ideas of his own? teejay6682
where can i find this? jmargethe
The drawn out shots of the victims tpwombat
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The greatest film about Northern Ireland ever made stulau
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