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The Informant (1997)

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

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Gingy McAnally
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Lt. David Ferris
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DCI Rennie
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Roisin McAnally
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Det. Prentice
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Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Gerard McAnally
Virginia Cole ...
Roisin's Ma
Gary Lammin ...
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James Gaddas ...
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A young IRA 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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Field of Blood  »

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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 »

Quotes

Dalton: We don't like names.
Gingy McAnally: That's because you're riddled with touts. Informers. Weren't any informers in my time.
Frankie Conroy: Your time's not done, Gingy.
Gingy McAnally: I'm out. I quit. I'm not going back to prison for anyone.
Frankie Conroy: You made an oath, boy.
Dalton: An oath for life.
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Unsettling film
24 June 2001 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

The makers of this film threw plenty into the mix of a deceptively simple story of a reluctant IRA man (Anthony Brophy) forced to turn supergrass when caught redhanded carrying out a rocket attack on a judge. There are enough bits and pieces thrown in here about the 800-year history of the troubles to give a decent idea of the big picture, even to those like myself who aren't all that familiar with Irish history. We see a bit of the historical background, the current English, Loyalist and IRA positions, how hatred is perpetuated through the next generation, how the innocent as always are victimised the most. It's a heady mix in a gritty and disturbing film, and to their credit, the film makers quite rightly decided not to resolve their story, just like the Troubles themselves. One quibble. Despite good performances, it's a bit hard to accept the central characters being as old as they're supposed to be. Ginger (have I spelt that right?) is meant to have have spent a total of 10 years in prison and we assume his wife has spent an equal time doing it tough raising the kids. It's a bit to believe this when they are played by young spunks Brophy and Maria Lennon.


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