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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 ...
Tattoo
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Shaw
Frank Grimes ...
Paul McCarling
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Jamie Thornton
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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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Veronica Guerin  »

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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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Version of Veronica Guerin (2003) See more »

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Sleep with the Ancients - The Spirit of Eden
Composed by Jimmy Smyth, Pearse Dunne and Jenny Newman
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A glimpse at the wicked reality of crime.
1 July 2000 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

From the opening scenes this film brought back the memories of shocking headlines from the recent past through which we have lived. Fictionalised maybe, but very close to the reality. Each scene struck home. These were our headlines. This was Dublin in the grip of drug barons. This is how it was. A wonderful cast brought it all to life again. If I have a minus note it is that the names were changed. I wonder why, but I suppose there may have been legal reasons. We in Dublin know the real names. The criminlas are now behind bars. This is a story of our time. It should be compulsory viewing for all. For the lawless that they be warned. For the lawful that they may never forget. It was a great American who said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance!


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