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


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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Nesbitt ... Ivan Cooper

Allan Gildea ... Kevin McCorry
Gerard Crossan ... Eamonn McCann

Mary Moulds ... Bernadette Devlin
Carmel McCallion ... Bridget Bond (as Carmel Mccallion)

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Major General Ford

Nicholas Farrell ... Brigadier Maclellan

Christopher Villiers ... 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
Ken Williams ... Para H
Bryan Watts ... Para E

Simon Mann ... Colonel Wilford
Rhidian Bridge ... Major Loden

Johnny O'Donnell ... Jim

David Clayton Rogers ... Dennis (as David Rogers)
Sean O'Kane ... Hugh
Thomas McEleney ... Tommy (as Thomas Mceleney)
Deirdre Irvine ... Bogside woman
Gerry Newton ... Mr. O'Keefe

Ross MacDonald ... Lieutenant 119 (as Ross Macdonald)
Jim Alexander ... Csm
James Scott ... Officer At Barrier 12
Grainne Costello ... Mrs. Hegarty
Don Mullan ... Bogside priest

David Pearse ... O / C Provos
Charles Oakden ... Briefer
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Frances (as Kathy Keira Clarke)

Gerard McSorley ... Chief Supt. Lagan (as Gerard Mcsorley)

Bruce Lawrence ... Brigade Net (as Bruce Alexander)
Jason Muir ... Brigade Net
Tim Clark ... Brigade Net
Matt Ashenden ... Brigade Net
Daryl Auckland ... Brigade Net
Rita Hamill ... Peggy Deery
Robert O'Connor ... Willie Mckinney
Kevin McCallion ... Barney Mcguigan (as Kevin Mccallion)
James McLaughlin ... Jim Wray (as James Mclaughlin)
Graham Harrison ... Officer At Barrier 14
Oliver Maguire ... Ruc Man
Darren Healy ... 303 Man (as Darren Healey)
Simon Emberley ... Lieutenant N
Raymond Cullen ... Father Daly
Tony Bates ... Doctor Swords
Kevin Meehan ... Hospital Administrator
Mark Redhead ... Journalist
Ian Dray ... Sib officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eoin Egan ... I.R.A gunman
Laura Pyne
Colin Coull ... Soldier (uncredited)
Gillian Rea ... March Organiser (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Greengrass 
Writing credits
Paul Greengrass (written by)

Produced by
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer
Arthur Lappin .... executive producer
Don Mullan .... co-producer
Paul Myler .... co-producer
Mark Redhead .... producer
Jim Sheridan .... executive producer
Rod Stoneman .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Tristan Whalley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominic Muldowney 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
Film Editing by
Clare Douglas 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly 
Art Direction by
Padraig O'Neill 
Costume Design by
Dinah Collin 
Makeup Department
Morna Ferguson .... key makeup artist
Lorraine Glynn .... key hair stylist
John Kelehan .... hair stylist
John Kelehan .... makeup artist
Conor McAllister .... assistant hair stylist (as Connor Mcallister)
Niamh O'Loan .... makeup artist
Martina Byrne .... make up artist: crowd (uncredited)
Production Management
Jo Homewood .... production manager
Adrian McCarthy .... production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Barry .... trainee assistant director
Therese Friel .... second assistant director
Elizabeth Gill .... first assistant director: second unit (as Liz Gill)
Luke Johnston .... first assistant director
Alex Jones .... trainee assistant director
Ray Kenny .... trainee assistant director
Marcus Lynch .... third assistant director
Clodagh Tierney .... second assistant director: additional photography
Jillian Wilson .... trainee assistant director
Sean Griffin .... trainee assistant director: dailies (uncredited)
Art Department
Maximilian Aita .... prop dresser (as Max Aita)
Anthony Arkins .... stagehand
George Arkins .... stagehand
Thomas Barry-Cunningham .... carpenter
Graeme Bird .... propmaker
Gay Byrn .... props runaround
Johnny Byrne .... props buyer
Alan Cheevers .... master plasterer
Austin Connolly .... carpenter
Colman Corish .... assistant art director
Joel Daminiani .... trainee props
Alan Dunne .... stand-by props
Cos Egan .... set dresser
Pascal Farrell .... supervising carpenter (as Paschal Farrell)
Emma Fitzsimons .... art director trainee
Mick Flood .... property master (as Michael Flood)
Brian Geoghegan .... carpenter
Sarah Kingston .... trainee prop buyer
Matthew Kirwan .... carpenter
Gerard Lanigan .... stand-by props
Kevin Mulligan .... plasterer
Michael Murphy .... carpenter
Ed Norton .... construction manager
Gearóid O'Riain .... stagehand (as Gearid O'Riain)
Liam O'Riain .... chargehand
Philip O'Shaughnessy .... painter
Thomas O'Shaughnessy .... painter
John Porter .... chargehand dressing props
Bobby Richardson .... painter
Jim Whiskers .... stand-by props truck
Philip Murphy .... props: reshoots (uncredited)
Sound Department
Albert Bailey .... production sound mixer
Pat Boxshall .... sound editor
Brian Connolly .... sound trainee
Jennie Evans .... sound editor
Stephen Farrell .... boom operator
Richard King .... sound re-recording mixer
Danny Longhurst .... supervising sound editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer 2nd unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Steen Lyders Hansen .... Fire/Inferno artist
Giles Livesey .... digital film colorist
Sam Smith .... visual effects artist
Brendan Condren .... stunts
Emma Condren .... stunt performer
Patrick Condren .... stunt coordinator (as Pat Condren)
Tony Condren .... stunt performer (as Anthony Condren)
Bill Little .... stunts
John Sheridan .... stunts
Paul Valentine .... stunts
Gerry Behan .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
David Byrne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Francis Bush .... rigger
Angela Conway .... daily clapper loader
Willie Cooley .... camera truck
Ciaran Kavanagh .... camera operator
Ciaran Kavanagh .... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Kileen .... rigger (as Kevin Killeen)
Helen Madden .... clapper loader
Brendan McNicholl .... rigger (as Brendan Mcnicholl)
Andrew O'Reilly .... camera trainee
Brian Sheridan .... electrician
Bernard Walsh .... still photographer
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... open casting call coordinator: UK (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Burke .... wardrobe
Sheila Fahey .... wardrobe supervisor
John Fearon .... wardrobe
Louise Keating .... assistant costume designer
Una Nicholson .... military costumer
Edel Shortall .... wardrobe trainee
Debbie Williington .... wardrobe trainee
Emer Ó'Laoghaire .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Shane Chapman .... picture editor
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Tom Kinnersly .... assistant editor
Giles Livesey .... colorist
Location Management
Naoise Barry .... assistant location manager
Paddy McCarney .... location manager
Mary McCarthy .... location manager
Pat Nangle .... location assistant
Transportation Department
Noel Burke .... driver: dining bus
Noel Burke .... unit driver
Anthony Carroll .... driver: facilities
Jeff Cullen .... unit driver
Jimmy Cullen .... unit driver
Richard Cullen .... unit driver
Tony Cullen .... unit driver
Karl Moore-Levy .... action vehicle coordinator (as Karl Moore Lewy)
Patrick Parker .... action vehicle assistant
Derek Patterson .... genny driver
Other crew
Rhidian Bridge .... military advisor
Eileen Conroy .... unit nurse
Colin Coull .... military advisor
Eddie Cullen .... facilities
Clare Cunningham .... assistant accountant
Pete Daly .... drama publicity
Rory Mac Dermott .... production accountant (as Rory Macdermott)
Deirdre Doorley .... production coordinator
Pierre Du Plessis .... legal: Film Council
Lucy Dyke .... researcher
Celine Friel .... extras coordinator: Derry
Louise Gaffney .... script supervisor
Mel Gallagher .... extras payroll
Mary Gilroy .... assistant coordinator
Ingrid Goodwin .... extras coordinator
James Hickey .... legal: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Ruth Hunter .... legal: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Ian Johnson .... drama publicity
Mike Large .... factual publicist
Mal .... military advisor
Simon Mann .... military advisor
Zoe Mcintyre .... drama publicity
John McKenna .... chief armorer
Oonagh McMorrow .... production coordinator
Ruth Murphy .... production assistant
Conor O'Carroll .... location trainee (as Connor James O'Carroll)
Mark Pybus .... legal: Granada Film
Bill Shephard .... head of production
Marco Testarossa .... pointer
Billie Webster .... account assistant
Anthony Whelan .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence and language
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

As Ivan Cooper exits home, a theater can be seen, where the movie Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), which was actually showing at the time, is showing.See more »
Anachronisms: The marchers carry homemade cardboard signs with slogans written on them. When shown from behind, some have modern printing ("Made in China") on them that are not appropriate for 1972.See more »
Chief Supt. Lagan:You call that minimum force?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Magnificent Seven (1960)See more »
Sunday Bloody SundaySee more »


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48 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
One day of "the troubles" packs a universal wallop., 30 November 2002
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Bloody Sunday" is a very startling, cinema-verite recreation of a very specific date (January 30, 1972), in a very specific place (Derry, Northern Ireland) of an event that for the Irish became "our Sharpeville."

But for an American audience with no benefit of subtitles for the brogues and working class Brit accents, no explanations outside of eventual context for lingo and slang (it took me awhile to keep track of "provos" vs "paras"), the quasi-documentary, in-your-face approach takes on a tragic universality.

It could be part of a Cassandra trilogy with `Black Hawk Down' and `No Man's Land' about why military should not be in charge in urban strife, whether as "peacekeepers" or in civil wars or regime changes, no matter how heinous the regime to be changed. A lesson for the Baghdad invasion planners?

Cities are complicated social ecologies, and the film shows a great diversity of attitudes and pressures on all sides, managing to be both clinical in meticulous detail and visceral in shocking impact. The film is probably not objective about the British (I don't think it's a coincidence that the imperious Brit "observer" who takes repugnant charge is played by Tim Pigott-Smith who was a similar colonialist in `The Jewel in the Crown.") A central universal image becomes the awesome power of rock-throwing, unemployed teen-age boys to spark war.

The liberals in the middle, clinging to dreams of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and fair community relations, are morally destroyed over the course of a few hours and the extremists with guns on both sides feed on each other in perpetual destruction like the ouroboros image of the snake eating itself. I kept feeling I missed the exact flash point in a wandering attention moment and wanted to immediately re-watch it to see if I could track the gotcha! moment when escalation could have been prevented, so I look forward to this being available on video tape.

But the film does clearly show that it was attitudes that created the violent outcome and consequent government non-investigation, as we see in so many police situations. Once soldiers enter a city it is a police situation with all those complexities.

I know James Nesbitt primarily from frothy Irish comedies, like `BallykissAngel,' so his staggering portrayal of the M.P. in the middle is a revelation, as he goes from planning a civil rights march to pleading with his girlfriend to physical heroism to a break-down in shock.

The version of the titular U2 song played out at the end, running well past the credits finish, is a moving, live, passionate audience sing-along where Bono shouts out other locales that have experienced similar situations to emphasize the universality.

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