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
Maria Lennon ...
Roisin McAnally
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IRA Chief
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Frankie Conroy
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Dalton
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Det. Astley
Gary Lydon ...
Det. McDonough
Sean Kearns ...
Det. Prentice
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Constable Goss
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Gerard McAnally
Virginia Cole ...
Roisin's Ma
Gary Lammin ...
Cpl. Jones
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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Rated R for language, sexuality and violence, including a rape scene | See all certifications »
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2 January 1998 (Turkey)  »

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DCI Rennie: But if he's on the floor?
DCI Rennie: Then we pick him up again!
Det. Astley: And what if he can't stand up?
DCI Rennie: Then we find a different way to prop him up!
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The best of its kind, so far
19 August 2003 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is the best film there is about the troubles in Northern Ireland. Unlike films like Michael Collins, or In The Name of The Father, in this movie the IRA members are not shown as the romantic quasi-heroes they are thought to have been ages ago, they are shown as what they really are now: terrorists, capable of destroying the lives of not only their enemies, but also of many irish families who try to follow the normal course of their lives. The informant of the title is an ex-IRA assassin who makes a deal with the colaborating irish police, and gives the name of his employers. He and his family are then considered traitors of the "irish" cause, even though his wife, being more influenced by anti-brit irish propaganda, was against the so-called betrayal from the start. Not even she escapes the turmoil that follows: the poor girl is even raped by an IRA ganglord, as some kind of punishment for their betrayal, in a scene that certainly does away with the romanticism that can be expected from such a theme. This is certainly a view of the subject never shown in recent films about the Northern Ireland troubles. At the end of the day, unlike other similar films, there is no "moderate" faction of the IRA to solve things up, no Daniel Day-Lewis to save the day, but only the feeling that things go on unsolved...


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