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Five Minutes of Heaven -- Lurgan Northern Ireland, 1975. A low level civil war has been underway, with the IRA targeting British loyalists and the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force exacting revenge on Catholics they claim are militant republicans. Alistair Little, 16 is the leader of a UVF cell, eager to be blooded. He and his gang are given the go ahead to kill a young Catholic man, James Griffin, as a reprisal and a warning to others. When the hit is carried out, Joe Griffin - the 11-year old little brother of the target - watches in horror his brother is shot in the head. Thirty years later Joe Griffin and Alistair are to meet, on camera, with a view to reconciliation. Alistair has served his sentence, and Peace may been agreed in N. Ireland, but unbeknownst to the production team, Joe Griffin, is not coming on the program for a handshake but to stick a knife in his brother's killer - live on air.
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Writer:
Guy Hibbert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 February 2009 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
To face the future, they must face the past.
Plot:
The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
8 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The film that could help to end terrorism See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Mark Ryder ... Young Alistair: 1975 (as Mark Davison)
Diarmuid Noyes ... Andy: 1975

Niamh Cusack ... Alistair's Mum: 1975

Mathew McElhinney ... Stuart: 1975

Conor MacNeill ... Dave: 1975
Paul Garrett ... Alistair's Dad: 1975
Kevin O'Neill ... Young Joe: 1975

Gerard Jordan ... Jim: 1975
Paula McFetridge ... Joe's Mum: 1975
Gerry Doherty ... Joe's Dad: 1975
Luke O'Reilly ... Brother Dan: 1975
Luke McEvoy ... Brother John: 1975
Aoibheann Biddle ... Sister #1: 1975
Ruth Matthewson ... Sister #2: 1975
Carol Moore ... Susan: 1975

James Nesbitt ... Joe Griffin: 2008

Barry McEvoy ... Joe's Chauffeur: 2008

Liam Neeson ... Alistair Little: 2008
Richard Orr ... Alistair's Chauffeur: 2008

Richard Dormer ... Michael: 2008
Pauline Hutton ... Sharon: 2008
Andrea Irvine ... Sarah: 2008
Katy Gleadhill ... Fiona: 2008

Paul Kennedy ... Sound Recordist: 2008

Jill Crawford ... Cathy: 2008 (as Juliet Crawford)

Anamaria Marinca ... Vika: 2008

Jonathan Harden ... David: 2008
Lalor Roddy ... LandLord: 2008
Daniel McClean ... Liam: 2008
Emma Neill ... Katie: 2008
Stella McCusker ... Stephanie: 2008
Amber O'Doherty ... Kirsty: 2008
Louis Rolston ... Former UVF Commander: 2008
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan McParland ... Passer By (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oliver Hirschbiegel 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Hibbert  screenplay

Produced by
Ed Guiney .... executive producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer (as Francois Ivernel)
Marshall Leviten .... line producer (as Marshall Levitan)
Andrew Lowe .... executive producer
Cameron McCracken .... executive producer
Don Mullan .... associate producer
Eoin O'Callaghan .... producer
Patrick Spence .... executive producer: BBC
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Stephen Wright .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Abrahams 
David Holmes 
 
Cinematography by
Ruairi O'Brien (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hans Funck 
 
Casting by
Georgia Simpson 
 
Production Design by
Mark Lowry 
 
Art Direction by
Gillian Devenney 
 
Costume Design by
Maggie Donnelly 
 
Makeup Department
Jilly Green .... hair stylist (as Jill Green)
Lorna McSloy .... additional hair assistant
Paula Moore .... additional hair assistant
Conor O'Sullivan .... special makeup effects artist
Laura Pollock .... makeup trainee
Pamela Smyth .... hair designer
Pamela Smyth .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Mark Devlin .... production manager
Damien Glenholmes .... unit manager
Miranda Jones .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Reid .... head of production: Northern Ireland Screen
Faye Ward .... head of production: Ruyby Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynne Davison .... additional assistant director
Darren Fee .... second assistant director
Jack Hamill .... additional assistant director
Peter Nightingale .... first assistant director
Samantha Ross .... third assistant director
Richard Wilson .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
James Barr .... property master
Conor Bradly .... additional construction
Sean Bradly .... additional construction
Diarmuid Corr .... art department daily
Michael Cullen .... prop hand
Cole Doherty .... construction manager
Shea Doherty .... additional construction
Raymond Ginnane .... carpenter (as Ray Ginnane)
Sian Alaw Jones .... design assistant (as Sián Alaw Jones)
Sean McAliskey .... additional construction
Felix McCrudden .... additional painter
Lisa McDiarmid .... stand-by art director
Keiran McElvanna .... additional construction
Neil McNally .... dressing props
Christopher Moore .... stand-by props
Alan Nixon .... stand-by carpenter
Sarah Speers .... production buyer
Paul Stewart .... additional props
 
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Steve Fanagan .... foley editor
John Fitzgerald .... adr mixer
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
Fionn Higgins .... dialogue editor (as Fionnan Higgins)
Ronan Hill .... sound mixer
Simon Kerr .... sound maintenance
Paul Maynes .... adr mixer
Terry McDonald .... sound trainee (as Terence McDonald)
Jean McGrath .... foley mixer
Jon Stevenson .... supervising sound editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mike Branton .... base-light assistant: Windmill Lane
Marie A. Jones .... datascan producer: Windmill Lane (as Marie Jones)
John Kennedy .... flame artist: Windmill Lane
 
Stunts
Brendan Condren .... stunt double: Mr. Nesbitt
Joe Condren .... stunt coordinator
Tommy Sheen .... stunt double: Mr. Neeson
John Sheridan .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Valentine .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Valentine .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Carlin .... crane technician (as Ray Carlin)
Hugh-Thomas Cavanagh .... additional best boy (as Hugh Thomas Cavanagh)
Dermot Coleman .... generator operator: London
Noah Davis .... additional clapper loader
Bryan Drysdale .... steadicam operator
Nicky Fitzgerald .... rigging gaffer
Andy Gardner .... clapper loader
Howard Gibson Steele .... gaffer (as Howard Gibson-Steel)
Conor Hammond .... focus puller
Glynn Harrison .... grip
Roy Harrison .... additional grip
Christopher Hill .... still photographer
Steffan Hill .... still photographer
Gary Hutchinson .... stand-by rigger
Davie Mayes .... gaffer: second unit
Giancarlo McDonnell .... additional electrician (as Carlo McDonnell)
Eugene McVeigh .... cameraman: epk
Roger Tooley .... steadicam operator
Ruth Woodside .... camera trainee (as Ruth Greer)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kerry Gooding .... additional costume
Lauren Hanna .... costume supervisor
Heather Long .... additional costume
Edel McCarron .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Colin Coull .... filmout supervisor: Windmill Lane
Andschana Eschenbach .... assistant editor
Jessica Felton .... digital intermediate faciiities coordinator
Dave Hughes .... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Morris .... digital intermediate supervisor
Shane Murphy .... digital intermediate on-line editor
 
Music Department
Jane Bridgeman .... music clearance supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Jeff Brown .... driver: facilities
Maurice Brown .... driver: Mr. Nesbitt
Alan Crozier .... facilities chief
Dermie .... driver: facilities
Walter Hawthorne .... driver: Mr. Neeson
John McDowell .... action vehicle coordinator
Lee McFadden .... driver: facilities
Gavin McGlashan .... driver: facilities (as Gavin McGlashin)
Michael Thompson .... driver: facilities
Phillip Wiggans .... driver: facilities (as Philip Wiggins)
Ryan Marshall .... unit driver: dalies (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Monika Agorelius .... electronic press kit
Yasu Asami .... assistant: Paul Trijbits, Ruby Films
Nicola Bailey-James .... additional locations
Matt Bannister .... publicist: BBC
Jonathan Blair .... legal services: Big Fish Films, Simkins
Robert Boake .... location trainee
Michelle Burns .... additional production
Mark Byrne .... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Una Carlin .... publicist: BBC
James Clarke .... finance director: Pathé
David Cooke .... additional locations
Louise Cornally .... production finance executive: Element Pictures
Rowena Crofts .... production assistant
Suzi Crofts-Fawsitt .... production pooch
Sean Roe Curran .... set production trainee (as Sean Curran)
Trevor Currie .... additional locations
Lorraine Denis .... production trainee (as Lorraine Dennis)
Pierre Du Plessis .... business affairs: Pathé
Catherine Geary .... location manager
Donal Geraghty .... production accountant
Anna Graham .... assistant: Mr. Neeson
Robert Gyle .... armorer
Stephen Hanley .... additional locations
Paula Heffernan .... assistant to directors: Element Pictures
Aaron Hendriks .... additional accounts
Joe Hendriks .... assistant accountant
James Hickey .... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Sarah Hills .... additional locations
Ruth Hunter .... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Kevin Jackson .... head of drama: BBC Northern Ireland
Geraldine Jeffers .... publicist: BBC
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Christina Jules .... financial controller: Ruby Films
Moyra Lock .... head of marketing: Northern Ireland Screen
Lynda Marshall .... script supervisor
Linda Martin .... head of finance: Northern Ireland Screen
Jennifer McAufield .... production executive: BBC
Michael McCartney .... animal handler
Stephen McDonogh .... legal services: BBC
Fiona McGuire .... physical production: Pathé
Damian McParland .... legal services: Northern Ireland Screen, Millar McCall Wylie
Tim O'Shea .... legal services: Big Fish Films, Simkins
Ailsa Orr .... head of programmes: BBC Northern Ireland
George Pank .... legal: Pathé
Simon Perry .... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Joan Purvis .... legal services: BBC
Anne Quinn .... production coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Laura Rees .... additional production
Michael Ritchie .... production associate
Mike Runagall .... international sales: Path*eacute;
Emma Scott .... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Bronagh Taylor .... additional production
Ian Thomson .... publicist
Richard Williams .... chief executive: Northern Ireland Screen
Susie Wright .... funding programmes coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Andy Brunskill .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Juliette Caron .... french subtitles by (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Toby Babst .... thanks
An Dorthe Braker .... thanks (as Ann Dorthe Braker)
Bernd Eichinger .... thanks
Joe Griffin .... particular thanks
Mechthild Holter .... thanks
Alistair Little .... particular thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Requiem" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some violence
Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color | Black and White (archive footage)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The little boy he delivers the note from Liam Neeson's character was named "Liam."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Alistair (as a teenager) is rummaging through the box under his bed, he extracts a knitted stuffed animal and places it beside the box with the head facing away from him. When he pulls out the gun, the stuffed animal is now lying with its head closest to him.See more »
Quotes:
Alistair Little:Time will heal they say... what everybody says about everything. The years just get heavier. Why don't they tell you that? Nobody tells you that!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
BirthSee more »

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46 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
The film that could help to end terrorism, 5 May 2009
Author: UncleTantra from Leiden, the Netherlands

Tonight I saw one of the best films I've seen in years. You might have to search for this one to find it, because it's probably not going to show up in your local multiplex, but if you can find it, you're in for a moving experience.

"Five Minutes Of Heaven" won the Directing award for Oliver Hirschbiegel and the World Cinema Screen writing Award for Guy Hibbert at the most recent Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. That, and the fact that Liam Neeson is in it, were the reasons I decided to watch it. I didn't even know what it was about.

It's about violence, and how violence shatters lives, and about how the shattering does not stop when the violence stops. Set in Northern Ireland, it is nothing more, nor less, than the meeting, 25 years later, between the man (Neeson) who in his youth murdered a Catholic for nothing more than being Catholic, and the murdered man's brother (portrayed so powerfully as to bring the audience I saw it with to tears more than once by James Nesbitt). As a child, he watched his brother murdered, and then was blamed by his own mother for killing him because he did nothing to stop it. He was nine.

Both men are shattered, 25 years later. One is seeking redemption and resolution by meeting the brother of the man he killed, and the other is seeking only revenge. I cannot spoil the film for anyone by saying more. All I can say is that this film would bring the Dalai Lama to tears, or Yasser Arafat. It's that powerful, and that well done.

This is the film that young people whose culture is pushing them into terrorism should be shown, before it's too late for them. And this is the film that those who feel no compassion for the terrorists should be shown, before it's too late for them, too.

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