Bloody Sunday (2002)

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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McCorry
Gerard Crossan ...
Eamonn McCann
Bernadette Devlin
Carmel McCallion ...
Bridget Bond (as Carmel Mccallion)
Major General Ford
Brigadier Maclellan
Major Steele (as Chris Villiers)
James Hewitt ...
Colonel Tugwell
Declan Duddy ...
Gerry Donaghy
Edel Frazer ...
Gerry's girl
Joanne Lindsay ...
Mary Donaghy
Mike Edwards ...
Soldier 027
Gerry Hammond ...
Para F
Jason Stammers ...
Para G


Documentary-style drama showing the events that led up to the tragic incident on January 30, 1972 in the Northern Ireland town of Derry when a protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Domingo Sangrento  »

Box Office


£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,419 (USA) (4 October 2002)


$768,045 (USA) (17 January 2003)

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After listing the casualties of the indicident portrayed in the film it adds, "More than 3000 people have been killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland." See more »


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Not a farse
22 January 2002 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

Naive or not, the film version of Bloody Sunday couldn't do anything else but show the pandemoneum and confusion of a massacre of many innocent people. This confusion was shown on both sides. An army of young men being thrown into a situation which they didn't understand. A people of a City riddled with gerrymandering and oppression.

The film showed stones being answered by guns and gas. As a British citizen I was moved and shocked. The film brought to life the many books i've read on the subject. It didn't point blame. It was never shown in the film who fired first but it showed that both sides fired. It documented how 13 people protesting for civil rights (majority of them children) were gunned down in cold blood by a 'peace keeping' security force. The bodies are the evidence, their memory is the legacy.

This film highlights the importance of sensitivity when approaching the dark days of our history. It succeeds where so many films fail by showing that no good can come from such events. A sterling performance from James Nesbitt shows that he is a versatile actor not afraid of approaching difficult and controversial roles. Perhaps we should forget the bickering and respect this for what it is; a stylistically impressive and well acted movie.

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