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The Informant (1997)

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

Director:

Jim McBride

Writers:

Gerald Seymour (book), Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Brophy ... Gingy McAnally
Cary Elwes ... Lt. David Ferris
Timothy Dalton ... DCI Rennie
Maria Lennon ... Roisin McAnally
John Kavanagh ... IRA Chief
Sean McGinley ... Frankie Conroy
Frankie McCafferty ... Dalton
Stuart Graham ... Det. Astley
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Det. McDonough
Sean Kearns Sean Kearns ... Det. Prentice
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Constable Goss
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Gerard McAnally
Virginia Cole Virginia Cole ... Roisin's Ma
Gary Lammin ... Cpl. Jones
James Gaddas ... British I.O.
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Storyline

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

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Even freedom has its price.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and violence, including a rape scene | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 January 1998 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Field of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

During filming in Ireland, the working title "Johnny Loves Suzie" was used so as not to attract the attention of any terrorist groups. However, it hardly could obscure the fact that armored vehicles and armed police and soldiers were featured in the film. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the Union Flag is upside down. See more »

Quotes

Gingy McAnally: They said I was dead, Mr Ferris. Every single one of them said I was dead.
Lt. David Ferris: What else can they say? Their power has been smashed, and it's you that's been smashing it. I can't change the course of this war, can't change it an inch. But you can, Gingy. Compared with what you can do, I'm wasting my time here. All of us are.
Gingy McAnally: Too right. Get the Brits out, and we'd sort it quick.
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Stereotypes, but well played ones
23 August 2003 | by longshot_dkSee all my reviews

Well I am in the middle of doing my thesis for my masters degree in history and my subject is the IRA. Now, this film, although it is quite good, beats around the stereotype picture I sometimes read about the English government would like to project as part of the criminalisation of the IRA. Hereby not defending any of the involved parts, I just find it sad to see, how narrowminded the irish basically are portrayed while the archtype of chivalry is of course english (and notice the stupid scotsman in the end of the movie). This could be something out of an english propaganda film!

If you look away from this, the movie is wellwritten and well played. there is a lot of human expressions of love and hate, and it all fits nicely together. I enjoyed the film, but thought that it just as well could have been a mobster movie...there were so many things that were wrong but still, it was nice... 5/10


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