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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

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

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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Falsely accused. Wrongly imprisoned. He fought for justice to clear his father's name. See more »

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,010,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,700,000, 31 December 1994
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Inspector Dixon is a combination of several police officers connected to the case. See more »

Goofs

In court, Inspector Dixon states that he "never even spoke to Gerry Conlon". Some minutes later when Gerry Conlon is being interrogated, the accused says "You told Inspector Dixon that you had committed a robbery" holding Gerry's statement. There's proof that Inspector Dixon and Gerry spoke, thus making his testimony in court false. Any defendant attorney would have noticed this. See more »

Quotes

Gerry Conlon: I'll be older than you when I get out of this place. If I get out. Are you listening to me?
Giuseppe Conlon: I'm not talking to you.
Gerry Conlon: Now who's being childish?
Giuseppe Conlon: I've not heard a sensible word out of you in two weeks. That stuff will kill you.
[talking about drugs]
Gerry Conlon: Sure I'm dead anyway. Look I'm sorry. I'll not take it again as long as you live. Are you happy now?
Giuseppe Conlon: No.
Gerry Conlon: Why not?
Giuseppe Conlon: I don't want you to take it whether I live or die.
Gerry Conlon: Oh, give me strength. Ok, I'll do nothing to annoy you in your grave. Now are you happy?
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Getaway/Blank Check/My Girl 2 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Whiskey in the Jar
Performed by Thin Lizzy
Composer/Writer Phil Lynott (as Lynott) / Eric Bell (as Bell) / Brian Downey (as Downey)
Publisher Polygram Music Publishing Ltd.
(P) 1972 Decca Record Co. Ltd.
Courtesy of Polygram Record Operations Ltd.
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Perhaps a bit too black and white but still very impressive.
1 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Even though this movie seems a bit too black and white from time to time I must say that it still is an impressive piece of cinema. Too black and white because I sometimes had the feeling that they had left out some parts to make it all a lot easier for the viewer. I can't help believing that Conlon and Hill weren't the nicest guys either, but the movie shows them almost as saints (except for the fact that they steal some lead from the roofs, they never really do anything wrong). Does that mean that this movie isn't any good? Certainly not! It still remains very impressive and the idea that injustice in the name of protecting the country should be allowed is awful and so it is good that at least some movie makers aren't afraid to protest against it.

The movie tells the story about Gerry Conlon and his old school friend Paul Hill. They both are small time criminals and because of their own safety they have to live in London for a while. Otherwise they might get shot by the IRA. In London they stay in a community of hippies, but aren't welcomed by everybody. As a bomb explodes in a pub, one of the members from the community goes to the police and accuses them of the crime. They are immediately apprehended, together with Conlon's father, his aunt and her family. What follows is a process full of corruption and false accusations, putting them in jail for many years even though they haven't done anything wrong.

The film is very good. It's well acted, well paced and well directed. The story is touching and I never got bored when watching it. Therefor I give it an 8/10.


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