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In the Name of the Father (1993)

A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director:

Jim Sheridan

Writers:

Gerry Conlon (autobiographical book "Proved Innocent"), Terry George (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Crosbie Alison Crosbie ... Girl in Pub
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Gerry Conlon
Philip King Philip King ... Guildford Soldier
Emma Thompson ... Gareth Peirce
Nye Heron Nye Heron ... IRA Man 1
Anthony Brophy ... Danny
Frankie McCafferty ... Tommo
Paul Warriner Paul Warriner ... Soldier
Julian Walsh Julian Walsh ... Soldier
Stuart Wolfenden Stuart Wolfenden ... Soldier (as Stuart Wolvenden)
Jo Connor Jo Connor ... Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle Karen Carlisle ... Female Rioter
Seamus Moran Seamus Moran ... IRA Man 2
Billy Byrne Billy Byrne ... IRA Man 3
Maureen McBride Maureen McBride ... Mother
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Storyline

Young Belfastian Gerry Conlon admits that he was in London at the time of the incident. He also admits that he is not a model citizen, having committed a petty robbery while in London. He does however profess his innocence when it comes to the bombing of the Guildford Pub in London in 1974, the event which killed several people inside. A self-professed non-political person, he and his three co-accused, dubbed the Guildford Four, are thought to be provisional members of the IRA. Their self-professed innocence is despite each having signed a statement of guilt which they claim were signed under duress. Their case includes having provable alibis for the time frame of the bombing. And eventually, Joe McAndrew, a known IRA member, admits to the bombing. Dubbed the Maguire Seven, seven others, primarily members of Gerry's extended family including his father Giuseppe, are accused of being accessories to the bombing. Following on the work initiated by Giuseppe, Gerry works on a campaign to ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

In the name of truth... In the name of justice... In the name of love. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and politically-geneRated violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,010,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,700,000, 31 December 1994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jim Sheridan was heavily criticized for fictionalizing much of the story. For example, 'The Guildford 4' and the Maguire family had separate trials. "Joe McAndrew," the IRA man who befriends Gerry Conlon in prison, is entirely fictional. Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon were in different prisons for most of their sentences. Although solicitor Gareth Pierce was instrumental in investigating and preparing Gerry Conlon's case for the High Court of Appeal, she could not present the case in court because, due to British legal system rules, this could only be done by a trial barrister. MIchael Mansfield, a barrister and Q.C. (Queens Council) presented the case. Also, Pierce never represented or even met Giuseppe Conlon, who died in 1980, nine years before the appeal was heard. See more »

Goofs

Scene of snow in the prison courtyard shows shadows cast by the sun to be overhead which is not possible. See more »

Quotes

[after hearing of his father's death]
Gareth Peirce: [With tears in her eyes] Well, I think they ought to take the word 'compassion' out of the English dictionary.
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Happy Birthday
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill) and Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
Published by Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Disquieting great film
5 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

The movie is based on a true story. Belfast guy Gerry Conlon is suspected of being one of the IRA terrorists responsible for a bomb in Guilford, London, in 1974, which killed several people. He spends 15 years in jail, fighting for his innocence and for truth.

After working with Daniel Day Lewis in "My left foot", director Jim Sheridan teams again with the actor for this drama. The strong cast is completed by Emma Thomson and Pete Postlewaite. The result is a brilliant, passionate feature which tells about injustice. It's a disquieting film.

This is doubtless the most achieved collaboration between the director and the main star. The other pictures as well are very good, but here we have a film of accusation -the story is more involving. Day Lewis performance in "My left foot" was awarded with an Oscar, but the actor could have been given the same prize for his play of Gerry Conlon.

Strong screenplay, actors and soundtrack -with music of Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer and songs of Irish stars Bono and Sinead O'Connor.


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