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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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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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19 April 2002 (Portugal)  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$768,045 (USA) (17 January 2003)
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To make this movie as authentic as possible, no lights were used in the movie and the camera work was entirely hand-held See more »

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The clothing on some of the crowd at the start of the civil rights march clearly revealed clothes such as tracksuit bottoms,a rain jacket with a sports logo across the front and a sweatshirt on a young boy at the side of the road which had the letters U.S.A on that were not manufactured at that time. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Cooper: I just want to say this to the British Government... You know what you've just done, don't you? You've destroyed the civil rights movement, and you've given the IRA the biggest victory it will ever have. All over this city tonight, young men... boys will be joining the IRA, and you will reap a whirlwind.
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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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11 May 2003 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is a film with a terrible nerve, from the press conferences in the Sunday morning, through the preparations for the march and the preparations of the military, and forward to the scenes in the hospital afterwards. The camera is working in a way, there you definitely can feel the gloomy weather and the excitement.

It's also a 1972 feeling about it, which doesn't feel acted, but like a documentary. James Nesbitt is making a tremendous job as the MP and when you notice that this man hasn't got an Oscar, the Oscar institution definitely seems like the stupid joke it is.

The only thing you can have against this Paul Greengrass' movie is the tendency in the end, where the relative documentary objectivity in the beginning, moves over to tendency. The unionists and the British government remain the totally bad guys and the catholics are the eternal martyrs. They might have been that this Sunday, but the conflict of Northern Ireland is a little more complicated.

However, this is definitely more exciting than most of what you see in the action genre.


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