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Elephant (1989)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama | TV Short 25 January 1989
A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

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Alan Clarke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Walker Gary Walker
Bill Hamilton Bill Hamilton
Michael Foyle Michael Foyle
Danny Small Danny Small
Robert J. Taylor Robert J. Taylor ... (as Robert Taylor)
Joe Cauley Joe Cauley
Noel McGee Noel McGee
Patrick Condren Patrick Condren
Andrew Downs Andrew Downs
Terry Doyle Terry Doyle ... (as Terence Doyle)
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann
Gavin Bloomer Gavin Bloomer
Barry Brent Barry Brent
Paul Nemeer Paul Nemeer
Sam Doyle Sam Doyle
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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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Elephant See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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BBC Northern Ireland See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Northern Ireland: You don't know if they're Protestant or Catholic, Republicans or Unionists. All you know is that someone is either on the way to their death or on their way to kill somebody. See more »

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Referenced in Memories of: Elephant (2004) See more »

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Extraordinary

I notice nobody actually from Northern Ireland seems to have commented on this... I grew up in Belfast through some of the worst of the troubles (and have been personally affected by the actions of both loyalist and republican terrorists) and I have to say that for me this film is pretty much it in a nutshell. The desensitising effect mentioned by some of the other comments is precisely what happens in real life; the fact that stuff blows up occasionally and every so often someone gets shot dead eventually starts to just become part of the scenery. I've lost count of the number of times I saw people walking through Belfast stop in their tracks for a second or two as a bomb was detonated nearby then just continue on their way. You learn to live with it, and that's the real horror, which I think is something Clarke portrays here with an extraordinary degree of empathy. Possibly some of it's because so many of the places in the film were so familiar to me but it really hit home in a way that no other film explicitly about Northern Ireland has ever done for me.


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