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The Informant (1997)

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

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A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

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Even freedom has its price.

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Rated R for language, sexuality and violence, including a rape scene | See all certifications »
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During filming in Ireland, the working title "Johnny Loves Suzie" was used so as not to attract the attention of any terrorist groups. However, it hardly could obscure the fact that armored vehicles and armed police and soldiers were featured in the film. See more »

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In one scene, the Union Flag is upside down. See more »

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Title card: [at the end of the film] During the years 1981-1983 when the British Converted Terrorist Policy was in effect, over 600 people on both sides were arrested based on the statements of 16 Irish Republican Army and 7 Protestant Loyalists. 15 of the 23 ultimately recanted their testimmony.
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Stereotypes, but well played ones
23 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Well I am in the middle of doing my thesis for my masters degree in history and my subject is the IRA. Now, this film, although it is quite good, beats around the stereotype picture I sometimes read about the English government would like to project as part of the criminalisation of the IRA. Hereby not defending any of the involved parts, I just find it sad to see, how narrowminded the irish basically are portrayed while the archtype of chivalry is of course english (and notice the stupid scotsman in the end of the movie). This could be something out of an english propaganda film!

If you look away from this, the movie is wellwritten and well played. there is a lot of human expressions of love and hate, and it all fits nicely together. I enjoyed the film, but thought that it just as well could have been a mobster movie...there were so many things that were wrong but still, it was nice... 5/10


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