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Omagh (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 22 May 2004
An examination of the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

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15 August 1998: the Real IRA exploded a bomb on a crowded street in Omagh, just into Northern Ireland, to halt the Good Friday accords and peace process; 29 people died. Families formed the Omagh Support Group to press the police in their inquiries. The film focuses on the Gallagher family, who lose their son Aiden. His father, Michael, a mechanic, becomes chair of the support group. The press for answers strains his relationship with his wife. High-ranking police speak in bromides. Shadowy figures offer intelligence that calls into question the integrity before and after the bombing of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and its Special Branch. Will the murders remain unsolved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of terrorist violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Out of respect for the victims families and the other survivors, the producers opted not to shoot any portion of the movie in Omagh. Instead it was shot on location in Navan, County Meath, Republic of Ireland. See more »

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Michael Gallagher: [final scene, addressing the media pack] The day our loved ones lost their lives and our families were torn apart, we were told that everything would be done to bring their killers to justice. To learn today that they have failed us, before the bomb, after the bomb, and are still failing us now. To have that knowledge, however distressing, however shocking means that we can at last move forward. I would like to announce today that we will be pursuing our own legal action against the Real IRA. ...
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Gut wrenching!
28 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

First there was "Bloody Sunday" and then there was "Omagh" - in between, there was thirty years of bloodletting that left thousands dead and many thousands more scarred physically and mentally. This is (or was?) "The Troubles".

This is a quiet movie - of quiet desperation. The people of Omagh had survived and were going about their lives. The killers came and tore them apart - literally. The ones left behind looked for help - none was to be found. Their loved ones had been taken and they wanted closure. Their guardians failed them.

The movie recounts the worst of the atrocities to have occurred in Northern Ireland over the years when a group of self-righteous hoodlums detonate a bomb in the center of a busy market town - Omagh. Most of the movie recounts the efforts of the families of the dead and injured to seek justice for the slain. They are still looking!


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