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A Belfast housewife takes up the peace cause which causes her family trouble with IRA sympathizers.

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Bernie McPhelimy
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Aidan McPhelimy
Nuala O'Neill ...
Annie McPhelimy
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Thomas McPhelimy
Barry Loughran ...
Brendan McPhelimy
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Sinead McPhelimy
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Jaz Pollock ...
Patsy French
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Niall French
Aingeal Grehan ...
Deirdre
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Whittington
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Immonger (as Nick Woodeson)
Des McAleer ...
Finnbar
B.J. Hogg ...
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Doreen Hepburn ...
Nora
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Set in Belfast in 1972, the politically naïve Bernie is trying to bring up a normal family in less than normal surroundings. Her best friend is accidentally shot dead by the IRA, and her neighbours are constantly raided by the army. In this climate of fear and confusion, she dares to stand up and condemn the killings. Criticising both factions equally, her public call for a ceasefire is interpreted by many as an attack against the IRA, and as her fledgling peace movement takes momentum, she and her family are placed in the frontline. Written by Dave F

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$34,785 (USA) (3 September 2000)

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$59,844 (USA) (10 September 2000)
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Written and Performed by John Martyn
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Yet another NI film
14 December 2005 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

A distinctly average film. Yet again, filmmakers try to encapsulate life in NI in the Troubles. Every such film either portrays Protestants as ignorant oppressors or Catholics as ruthless terrorists. The fact is that bad things were committed on all sides. Yes, Catholics were oppressed. Yes, the British Army killed innocents. Yes, the IRA bombed pubs.

The perspective of all sides is rarely taken into account. If you want to learn about the Troubles and the mindset behind them, I suggest three films. 1) In the Name of the Father (A Jim Sheridan film with Daniel Day Lewis) 2) Omagh (An Irish film with Gerard McSorley covering the Real IRA's killing of innocent people in Omagh) 3) Bloody Sunday (A film made by the same people as Omagh, detailing the killing of peaceful protesters by British paratroopers in the 1970s).

For me (as a southern Irish person (ie someone with enough distance to be dispassionate about the Troubles and close enough to understand)), these are by far the best films on the topic.


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