Bloody Sunday (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  19 April 2002 (Portugal)
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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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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ruled ineligible to compete for an Oscar in 2003 because it was shown on Irish and British television on the same night that it premiered in a London theater, a violation of the motion picture academy's Rule 3, which requires a six-month wait between the time it is shown in theaters and the time it is shown on TV. See more »


When the military staff review the itinerary (roughly at 21'), they point at a map with a main rendezvous point : Agro corner. It is first written as "Aggro corner", then spelled "Agro corner" in the next sequence and back to "Aggro corner" in the final view of the map. See more »


Chief Supt. Lagan: You call that minimum force?
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the end credits, the names of the dead and wounded of Bloody Sunday are listed. See more »


Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Sunday Bloody Sunday
Performed by U2
Written by U2
Published by Universal Music Publishing International BV
Blue Mountain Music LTD (UK), Mother Music (Ireland)
Courtesy of Universal Island Records LTD
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for anyone even peripherally familiar with the northern conflict, this is an important film.
12 June 2006 | by (belfast) – See all my reviews

being from belfast, i have an all too familiar recollection of this and many other tragic events.

being born protestant, i have little use for the cowardly, yet brutal and malicious, mutation of the provisional ira; under the helm of gerry addams.

being born sentient, i have little use for the fire and brimstone polarisations; counterspin and half-truths of ian paisley.

being born human, i have empathy for the slain.

the bloody Sunday massacre in derry, was a tragic testament to man's blood-lust, fueled by fear and adrenaline. the events depicted in the movie "bloody Sunday," provide an arresting portrayal of a tacitly monumental aspect of modern ulster history. the portrayals of the people and the events maintain an objective testimony toward a tragedy that is both sobering and inexcusable.

"bloody Sunday" takes no sides, and distributes no blame. it simply reenacts the events as they were recorded, and lets the viewer make his or her own decisions.

if you are familiar with the conflict; if you are distressed by man's inhumanity unto himself; if you are simply interested in a detached account of history; this is an important film to see.

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