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Bloody Sunday (2002)

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director:

Paul Greengrass

Writer:

Paul Greengrass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Nesbitt ... Ivan Cooper
Allan Gildea ... Kevin McCorry
Gerard Crossan Gerard Crossan ... Eamonn McCann
Mary Moulds ... Bernadette Devlin
Carmel McCallion Carmel McCallion ... Bridget Bond (as Carmel Mccallion)
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Maj. Gen. Ford
Nicholas Farrell ... Brig. Maclellan
Christopher Villiers ... Maj. Steele (as Chris Villiers)
James Hewitt James Hewitt ... Col. Tugwell
Declan Duddy Declan Duddy ... Gerry Donaghy
Edel Frazer Edel Frazer ... Gerry's Girl
Joanne Lindsay Joanne Lindsay ... Mary Donaghy
Mike Edwards Mike Edwards ... Soldier 027
Gerry Hammond Gerry Hammond ... Para F
Jason Stammers Jason Stammers ... Para G
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Storyline

Documentary-style drama showing the events that led up to the tragic incident on January 30, 1972 in the Northern Ireland town of Derry when a protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Sunday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,419, 6 October 2002

Gross USA:

$773,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,758,689
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Three days after this movie's UK television broadcast, Sunday (2002) aired on TV, which chronicled the same event from an alternate perspective. See more »

Goofs

The marchers carry homemade cardboard signs with slogans written on them. When shown from behind, some have modern printing ("Made in China") on them that are not appropriate for 1972. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Cooper: I just want to say this to the British Government... You know what you've just done, don't you? You've destroyed the civil rights movement, and you've given the IRA the biggest victory it will ever have. All over this city tonight, young men... boys will be joining the IRA, and you will reap a whirlwind.
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Crazy Credits

The live rendition of U2's Sunday, Bloody Sunday continues to play for a full three minutes over a black screen after the credits finish rolling. See more »

Connections

References Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunday Bloody Sunday
Performed by U2
Written by U2
Published by Universal Music Publishing International BV
Except:
Blue Mountain Music LTD (UK), Mother Music (Ireland)
Courtesy of Universal Island Records LTD
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Like you were there
11 May 2003 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

This is a film with a terrible nerve, from the press conferences in the Sunday morning, through the preparations for the march and the preparations of the military, and forward to the scenes in the hospital afterwards. The camera is working in a way, there you definitely can feel the gloomy weather and the excitement.

It's also a 1972 feeling about it, which doesn't feel acted, but like a documentary. James Nesbitt is making a tremendous job as the MP and when you notice that this man hasn't got an Oscar, the Oscar institution definitely seems like the stupid joke it is.

The only thing you can have against this Paul Greengrass' movie is the tendency in the end, where the relative documentary objectivity in the beginning, moves over to tendency. The unionists and the British government remain the totally bad guys and the catholics are the eternal martyrs. They might have been that this Sunday, but the conflict of Northern Ireland is a little more complicated.

However, this is definitely more exciting than most of what you see in the action genre.


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