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Nothing Personal (1995)

R | | Drama | 25 April 1997 (USA)
A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of ... See full summary »

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Ginger
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Liam
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Kenny
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Leonard
Gary Lydon ...
Eddie
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Tommy
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Ann
Jeni Courtney ...
Kethleen
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Cecil
Gareth O'Hare ...
Michael
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Young Liam
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Malachy
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Jake
James Doran ...
Billy (as James Duran)
Cathy White ...
Lizzie
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A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of Shankill Road Loyalists, and his one-time friend Liam, a Catholic. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Rated R for strong intense violence, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Nothing From Nothing
Written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher
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Utterly dire!
1 December 1998 | by (Bolton, England) – See all my reviews

I disliked this film intensely and left during the scene where the loyalist gang are shot up by the British. The film effectively blames the people of NI as being the cause of their own troubles. It suggests that the 25 year war was a question of intransigence and nothing to do with Britain's partition of Ireland and domination of its history i.e. NI was created by Britain in 1921 irrespective of the wishes of the rest of Ireland.

The characters are portrayed as hapless fools, even though I despise loyalist paramilitaries they were fighting for a cause - maintaining their artificial privileges over the Catholic community. It is a known fact that British Intelligence collaborated with loyalists during the war, no doubt to keep the Catholics at bay and demoralise republicanism.

Nineties' values about 'machismo', masculinity etc are transposed on to 1970s Belfast and are portrayed as part of the supposedly unique Irish 'psyche' which leads to violence. The stupid song from the woman in the club

  • old Ireland of green fields ..blah..blah.. - is given a symbolic stature,


i.e. poor young fools fighting for an impossible cause. Tedious, ahistorical, cheap and nasty trash. O'Sullivan has made a personal statement on a conflict which requires serious political analysis.


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