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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Crosbie ... Girl in Pub
... Gerry Conlon
Philip King ... Guildford Soldier
... Gareth Peirce
Nye Heron ... IRA Man 1
... Danny
... Tommo
Paul Warriner ... Soldier
Julian Walsh ... Soldier
Stuart Wolfenden ... Soldier (as Stuart Wolvenden)
Jo Connor ... Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle ... Female Rioter
Seamus Moran ... IRA Man 2
Billy Byrne ... IRA Man 3
... 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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Falsely accused. Wrongly imprisoned. He fought for justice to clear his father's name. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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

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25 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el nombre del padre  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Director Jim Sheridan was heavily criticized for fictionalizing much of the story. For example, The Guildford 4 and the Maguire family were tried separately. 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 she was not a trial barrister. MIchael Mansfield, a barrister and Q.C. (Queens Council) presented the case. Pierce never represented or met Giuseppe Conlon, who died in 1980, nine years before the appeal. See more »

Goofs

When Gerry arrives in London in 1974, an early-1980s Ford Transit van and Ford Fiesta are visible. See more »

Quotes

Gerry Conlon: Was I always bad, was I?
Giuseppe Conlon: Not always.
Gerry Conlon: I don't deserve to spend the rest of my life in here do I?
Giuseppe Conlon: All they done was block out the light.
[points to his head]
Giuseppe Conlon: They can't block out the light in here.
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Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Written by Jimi Hendrix
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© 1968 Bella Godiva Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Administered for the world by Don Williams Music Group Inc.
Courtesy of Elber B.V.
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Terrorism hurts everyone.
18 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

In watching this fine film, on idea kept running though my mind. That being terrorism often hurts the innocent much more than the declared enemy. In the Name of the Father is a powerful, well-acted drama about terrorism and injustice. And also the love one man feels for his father. Some of the events in this film are factual, and others are not. Despite some liberties taken with history, the film still makes a strong point, however.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Gerry Conlon, a young man falsely accused along with several other friends and family members, of bombing a London pub in 1974. The bombing, performed by the IRA, killed a few persons and wounded several others. Conlon and his friends just happen to be near by when the bombing takes place. Through police torture, Conlon and his best friend confess to the crime, thinking a trial will exonerate them. Trouble is, there had been so many recent bombings that the legal system in Britain was just crying out for a scapegoat. Conlon and four friends are given life sentences. Several members of Conlon's family are also given stiff jail sentences. Even his own father who seems to be the most righteous and kind person imaginable and who never set foot in England at all during the time of the bombing!

The film starts out like a shot from a cannon, as we see just how violent and chaotic Blefast was during the early seventies. Just living a normal life looked impossible. If the British troops weren't after you, then the IRA members were. The film also scores when we see Conlon head off to London to presumably make a better life for himself. He and a friend force themselves into a commune and enjoy a brief period of free love and decadence. The film gets very heavy once Conlon is arrested and tortured. And the last hour detailing his time behind bars is just plain somber. We watch his father just sort of waste away with him behind bars while an aggressive lawyer (Emma Thompson) fights to get them out. Pete Postletwaite is exceptional as Gerry's father, and seeing him grow sicker and weak is very difficult for the viewer.

The film tries to shift gears down the stretch and show how Conlon has become determined and more radicalized, but these scenes are nothing spectacular. Even the conclusion seems a little anti-climatic, but at least we see some justice finally get done. The acting is very, very good. Lewis is as good as ever, and nobody looks out of their league. There are some historical liberties taken. Gerry and his father never actually lived in the same cell, for instance. Overall, this film will stick with you, though.

In watching this film, one cannot help but feel for the victims of terrorism. I have personally not much knowledge of the conflict between the IRA and Britain, except to say that I'm well aware of how long and deep the scars run between the English and Irish peoples. That said, there is simply no excuse for terrorism. Look at how many victims that pub bombing created. Not only those who perished or were injured. That act of terror sent several innocent people to jail and ruined their lives! The British legal system is certainly to blame for sending the wrong people to jail, but would this have even happened if the IRA had not bombed that pub? A similar situation can be seen in the Middle East today. Radical Muslims look to strike out at Western interests, but their actions often hurt scores more other Muslims than any actual Western interests! Will we ever all learn to get along on this planet?

8 of 10 stars.

The Hound.


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