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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
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In preparation for his role, Daniel Day-Lewis lost 30 pounds and spent nights in the jail cell on the set as crew members threw water and verbal abuse at him. See more »
During a TV news report, the presenter says she spoke to "Commander Robert Dixon," and Dixon appears on the screen with the caption "Inspector Robert Dixon". Commander is a higher rank than Inspector. At the time Dixon was an Inspector, though he was promoted later on. See more »