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In the Name of the Father (1993)

A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Crosbie ...
Girl in Pub
Philip King ...
Guildford Soldier
Nye Heron ...
IRA Man 1
Frankie McCafferty ...
Paul Warriner ...
Julian Walsh ...
Stuart Wolfenden ...
Soldier (as Stuart Wolvenden)
Jo Connor ...
Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle ...
Female Rioter
Seamus Moran ...
IRA Man 2
Billy Byrne ...
IRA Man 3
Maureen McBride ...


A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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In the name of truth... In the name of justice... In the name of love. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and politically-geneRated violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el nombre del padre  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$25,010,410 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Gerry Conlon: What I remember most about my childhood is holding your hand. My wee hand in your big hand, and the smell of tobacco. I remember, I could smell the tobacco in the palm of your hand. When I want to feel happy, I try to remember the smell of tobacco.
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29 March 2001 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

Words cannot accurately describe how affecting this movie is.

The story itself is harrowing, but the way in which Day Lewis portrays Gerry Conlon is heartbreaking at times. Several scenes in the film may be hard to take for those with a sensitive nature.

Captures the mood and the time perfectly for someone like me, who is not Irish, lives nowhere near Guildford and wasn't even alive at the time of the pub bombings.

I really wasn't expecting anything special when I sat down to watch this. I could not have been more wrong.

The soundtrack is great without exception too!

A total and utter classic.

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