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When the Sky Falls (2000)

Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton invades the Irish underworld and attempts to expose the illegitimate activities that she has found. Hampered by the system, a police ... See full summary »

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Guy Andrews (additional dialogue), Ronan Gallagher | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Allen ... Sinead Hamilton
Patrick Bergin ... Mackey
Liam Cunningham ... John Cosgrave (The Runner)
Kevin McNally ... Tom Hamilton
Jimmy Smallhorne Jimmy Smallhorne ... Mickey O'Fagan
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Dave Hackett (as Gerard Flynn)
Jason Barry ... Dempsey
Pete Postlethwaite ... Martin Shaughnessy
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Jimmy Keaveney
Owen Roe ... John O'Connor
Gavin Kelty Gavin Kelty ... Tattoo
Vincent Walsh ... Shaw
Frank Grimes ... Paul McCarling
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Jamie Thornton
Liam Carney ... Dessie O'Reilly
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Storyline

Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton invades the Irish underworld and attempts to expose the illegitimate activities that she has found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step outside of the normal bounds. Her husband, who hates her activities and the danger in which she places herself. Nonetheless, he grudgingly admires her persistence and encourages her investigation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

when the truth is hidden when the witness is silenced when the sky falls

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, strong language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Veronica Guerin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£62,848 (United Kingdom), 18 June 2000, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Released almost concurrently as another biopic about the ill-fated Irish journalist, _Veronica Guerin_. In the other film, Guerin is played by Cate Blanchett. See more »

Connections

Version of Veronica Guerin (2003) See more »

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Sleep with the Ancients - The Spirit of Eden
Composed by Jimmy Smyth, Pearse Dunne and Jenny Newman
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a true mystery
2 September 2001 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The name Joan Allen, so often associated with high quality, is used to attract innocent video renters to this film. They will be disappointed. What is alleged to be the story of a brave Irish journalist is instead a two-part mystery: a) why did Joan Allen agree to do this film? and b) what were all those people with thick brogues saying? Not only was a good deal of the dialogue unintelligible, but the film seemed like it began in the middle of the story, which was disconcerting - among so much that was disconcerting. A very dissipated Patrick Bergin, a long way from Sleeping with the Enemy, plays a frustrated cop. There's enough graphic violence, swearing with Irish brogues and skeevy looking characters to make three more films. No, thanks, one was MORE than enough.


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