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When the Sky Falls (2000)

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 »

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Sinead Hamilton
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Mackey
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John Cosgrave (The Runner)
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Tom Hamilton
Jimmy Smallhorne ...
Mickey O'Fagan
Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Dave Hackett (as Gerard Flynn)
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Dempsey
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Martin Shaughnessy
Des McAleer ...
Jimmy Keaveney
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John O'Connor
Gavin Kelty ...
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Shaw
Frank Grimes ...
Paul McCarling
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Jamie Thornton
Liam Carney ...
Dessie O'Reilly
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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>

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

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Rated R for brutal violence, strong language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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16 June 2000 (Ireland)  »

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£62,848 (UK) (16 June 2000)
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Released almost concurrently as another biopic about the ill-fated Irish journalist, _Veronica Guerin_. In the other film, Guerin is played by Cate Blanchett. See more »

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Hard-hitting but imbalanced.
20 June 2000 | by (Caerphilly, Wales) – See all my reviews

'When The Sky Falls' is one of those violent, hard-hitting films that the UK does so well on TV. And indeed this feels like it should have been a 4-hour miniseries, not a 2-hour film. The subject matter is fascinating, the acting excellent and the themes raised very potent.

Problem is, 'When The Sky Falls' can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be a straight thriller, a celebration of one woman's triumph or an examination of the aftermath (or continuation) of the Troubles in Ireland. Given a longer duration it could deal with all the matters effectively, not leave the viewer gasping for breath as he tries to unravel all the various elements of the complex plot. The film is also cursed with the kind of weak, rather dull ending often associated with 'true-life' movies; and the sickening violence seems somehow out of place in so serious a project.

All this aside, 'When The Sky Falls' is a gripping, intriguing piece of drama; it's just not half the film it could have been.


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