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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.
Five Minutes of Heaven -- Clip: The man I've become

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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:
My five minutes of heaven, how can that not be good for me? See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
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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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:
Joe Griffin: 2008:[Thinking to himself] Well, here you are, pal, a fully signed-up member of the celebrity circuit of life's victims: men in love with donkeys, twins stuck together by their bullocks, elephant women who can't get out of their chairs, and now you.See more »
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Features Thunderpants (2002)See more »
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FAQ

Any recommendations for movies like "Five Minutes of Heaven"?
Why did Alistair refer to his gang as the Tartans?
Why were the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland "at war" with each other?
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43 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
My five minutes of heaven, how can that not be good for me?, 27 June 2009
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

An estimated 3720 people were killed as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

This film is a fiction inspired by two men who bear the legacy of one of those killings.......

That is the opening salvo from the makers of Five Minutes of Heaven, I would personally like to add, since no other reviewer here has said it thus far, that the two protagonists never met in real life.

Five Minutes of Heaven was first screened at the Sundance festival in 2009 and won awards for Directing {Oliver Hirschbiegel} and for screen writing {Guy Hibbert}. It stars Liam Neeson as Alistair Little and James Nesbitt as Joe Griffen. The story is about how a young wannabe hero of the Ulster Volunteer Force {Little} gunned down the brother of Joe Griffen {Nesbitt}, purely because he was of Catholic religion, all witnessed by young soccer ball kicking Joe out on the pavement in front of the Griffen house. After the build up and execution of the crime, we forward to the future after Little has served 12 years prison for the murder, and here we now have a television company led meeting between the two after the Good Friday Peace Agreement.

It's only now that the film really kicks in as a powerful piece that has something to say. Too many third rate productions caricature their characters in films involving the British/Irish troubles, but the makers here are keen to avoid that-hence the appearance of Neeson, who wouldn't have come cheap one feels. Both Nesbitt {ranking along side George Best as most talented thing to come out of Northern Ireland} and Neeson then shift gears to ram home the point of the story. This is about forgiveness, pertinent questions about if that is possible under the most trying of circumstances. Would you be able to move on? And at what cost? Both sides of the coin are deftly rubbed by Hirschbiegel and his terrific cast.

It would be stupid of me to not say the piece has problems since it clearly isn't perfect. Both sides of the families involved are not formed at all, and that is without a doubt a very big misstep. Probably a victim of course of the TV movie production value and the sadly inept running time afforded it. But that annoyance aside, and in the context of the final product.....well it works out rather well I feel. There's some smart points of reference in there, note the young Little handling his gun amongst a sea of childhood toys, while there's a dolly out shot involving a church that nails that particular scene with maximum poignancy. But really, as is normally the way in this type of production, it lives or dies by its ending, and the question is answered as to if the actors involved have involved us enough to actually carry it off?

We are OK here, because we got Nesbitt and Neeson, point made, acted accordingly, yep, see this if you can. 8/10

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