MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,324 this week

When the Sky Falls (2000)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  16 June 2000 (Ireland)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 587 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 8 critic

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(additional dialogue), , 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 02 Nov 2011
 
a list of 731 titles
created 13 Jan 2012
 
a list of 1092 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
a list of 726 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 238 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: When the Sky Falls (2000)

When the Sky Falls (2000) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of When the Sky Falls.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ruby (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination from Jack Ruby's perspective. Ruby owns a run-down strip club in Dallas, and does what he can for credibility... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Danny Aiello, Sherilyn Fenn, Tobin Bell
The Infiltrator (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A freelancer reporter goes undercover and joins a Neo-Nazi hate group.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Oliver Platt, Arliss Howard, Tony Haygarth
Certificate: GP Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: David Hemmings, Carolyn Seymour, Douglas Wilmer
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history. Aldrich Ames was a middle class CIA agent, whose problems with alcohol and ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Joan Plowright, Elizabeth Peña
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years. He begins to form and re-establish friendships and begins... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins
All the Rage (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Handguns figure in the intertwining lives of nine people. Warren shoots his wife Helen's lover and his defense is that he thought he was shooting an intruder. She leaves him; the lawyer ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Stern
Stars: Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Irish journalist is assassinated by drug dealers she wrote about in a series of stories.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker
The Innocent (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Andrew Hawley, Kika Markham, Kate Foster
Made (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of the relationship between a young single mother and an insecure rock star.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Carol White, Roy Harper, John Castle
Good Sharma (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Indian Taxi driver in New York goes back to his village and builds a school for girls.

Director: Suri Krishnamma
Stars: Joan Allen, Billy Connolly, Allen Enlow
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Felicity Gibson, Clifford Evans, Jennifer Hilary
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sinead Hamilton
...
Mackey
...
John Cosgrave (The Runner)
...
Tom Hamilton
Jimmy Smallhorne ...
Mickey O'Fagan
Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Dave Hackett (as Gerard Flynn)
...
Dempsey
...
Martin Shaughnessy
Des McAleer ...
Jimmy Keaveney
...
John O'Connor
Gavin Kelty ...
Tattoo
...
Shaw
Frank Grimes ...
Paul McCarling
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Jamie Thornton
...
Dessie O'Reilly
Edit

Storyline

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step outside of the normal bounds. Kevin McNally plays her husband, who hates her activities and the danger in which she places herself. Nonetheless, he grudgingly admires her persistence and encourages her investigation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

when the truth is hidden when the witness is silenced when the sky falls

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, strong language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

16 June 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Veronica Guerin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£62,848 (UK) (16 June 2000)

Gross:

£271,641 (UK) (30 June 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Veronica Guerin (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Asylum
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Slightly Flawed With Its Polemical Viewpoint
15 May 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Journalists in films are cliches . They`re always shown as crusaders setting the world to right whatever the cost to themselves . This is a totally cliched portrayal as some of the worst vermin breathing are journalists , many of whom are driven by greed and ego and will print absolutely anything to sell newspapers , they`re not too bothered what they print just as long as it it ties in with a misguided editorial line and sells a few more copies , and that`s the problem I had with WHEN THE SKY FALLS , its heroine Sinead Hamilton is shown trying to take on Dublin`s drug dealers almost single handed .

I also had a problem with the black and white characterisation , everyone is either a nasty piece of work or a victim , the exception being MacKay played very well by Patrick Bergin who`s a sort of Dublin equvilent of Jack Regan or Frank Burnside who`s not below bending the rules to get results . He`s by far the most interesting character in a film that suffers from a rather shaky view of drugs . Smack addicts are shown to be hapless victims at the mercy of their dealers , but is this actually true ? I was under the impression that many addicts also sell drugs in real life in order to pay for their addiction , not as shown here selling paintings to tourists . And there`s no real attempt to address the wider issues of drugs and what to do about the problem in this film . As one reviewer has touched upon WHEN THE SKY FALLS tries to be a straightforward thriller and a socially aware film at the same time and by doing so it fails in trying two things at once.

WHEN THE SKY FALLS isn`t a bad film , in fact it was probably the best one I saw that night , but the other movies I saw were THE MUMMY RETURNS , SPECIES 2 and CODE RED so the competition wasn`t up to much . Hopefully next time someone makes a film dealing with drugs they might like to take the unpopular view that people volunteer to become addicts , a point TRAINSPOTTING made very well


3 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Veronica Guerin spidey-
name of song of When the Sky Falls question chessimprov
Discuss When the Sky Falls (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?