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In the Name of the Father (1993)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  25 February 1994 (USA)
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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.



(autobiographical book "Proved Innocent"), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
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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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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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Paul O'Grady played a prisoner but was mostly cut from the final print. He does appear in one scene blowing a kiss to Daniel Day-Lewis. See more »


Gareth Peirce, a solicitor, is seen addressing the court. At the time of the trial, solicitors did not have "rights of audience" and could not, therefore, address the court. At that time, only barristers could do this. See more »


[On the alibi for Gerry Conlon and Paul Hill]
Appeal Prosecutor: My Lord, this is new evidence.
Appeal Judge: It is shocking new evidence.
Appeal Prosecutor: My lord, this evidence was not submitted at the trial that is under appeal.
Appeal Judge: That, I believe, is the point that Mrs Pierce is trying to make. Proceed, Mrs Pierce.
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A horrifying story well told
8 October 1999 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Not only is this a remarkable, incredible, horrifying story of a man who becomes victim of the British' witch-hunt. It is so well told, so realistic, that the viewer gets involved in the Northern Ireland conflict. The acting is superior, the directing is great - a truly astonishing movie. 10/10

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