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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.


Paul Greengrass


Paul Greengrass

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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


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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Plot Keywords:

ireland | irish history | See All (2) »


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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UK | Ireland



Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Domingo Sangrento See more »


Box Office


£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,419, 6 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$768,045, 19 January 2003
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Provisional IRA at the time can be heard shouting "Up the Ra". See more »


The clothing on some of the crowd at the start of the civil rights march clearly revealed clothes such as tracksuit bottoms,a rain jacket with a sports logo across the front and a sweatshirt on a young boy at the side of the road which had the letters U.S.A on that were not manufactured at that time. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Rua Cuba (2016) See more »


Sunday Bloody Sunday
Performed by U2
Written by U2
Published by Universal Music Publishing International BV
Blue Mountain Music LTD (UK), Mother Music (Ireland)
Courtesy of Universal Island Records LTD
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"Authentic, truthful and reverent..."
23 August 2013 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

English screenwriter, producer and director Paul Greengrass' television film which he wrote, is inspired by a novel called "Eyewitness Bloody Sunday" from 1997 by Irish author Don Mullan and real events which took place on the 30th of January in 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. It premiered at the 18th Sundance Film Festival in 2002, was screened In competition at the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, was shot on locations in Derry and Dublin in Ireland and is an Ireland- UK co-production which was produced by British producer Mark Redhead. It tells the story about an Irish nationalist and politician named Ivan Cooper and his fellow members of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association who on one Sunday in January 1972 began walking a peaceful march through the streets of Derry, Northern Ireland to demonstrate against internment without a trial, the suppression Catholics had suffered from Protestants, to end unionist rule and for equality. And the story of the members of the British Army whom the Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland had requested.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by European filmmaker Paul Greengrass, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a conscientious portrayal of a non-violent political demonstration, banned by the government of Northern Ireland, for social justice which escalated into an uncivilized riot where rocks and bricks were answered with live rounds. While notable for its distinctly naturalistic milieu depictions and use of sound, this narrative-driven story about a late 20th century conflict which happened four decades ago during the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s where the constitutional status of Northern Ireland was, and still is, a matter of contradictory views between the Catholic community who thinks that their country should become part of a United Ireland and leave the United Kingdom and the Protestant community who thinks that their country should remain within the United Kingdom, objectively examines how events occurred during a winter day when the city of Londonderry was crowded by Irish civil rights campaigners, hooligans, civilian observers, members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the press and a British battalion who was there to make necessary arrests.

This sociological, conversational and important reconstruction and retelling of a politically instigated historic event and unjustifiable massacre which ended with fourteen male citizens, many of them seventeen-year-old boys, losing their lives, soldiers of The First Battalion, Parachute Regiment being decorated by Queen Elizabeth II of England, an increasing amount of young men joining the paramilitary organization called the IRA and the families of those who were killed getting an official apology from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron thirty-eight years later, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, interrelated viewpoints, vital atmosphere, timely and distinct editing by British film editor Clare Douglas and the prominent acting performance by Irish television and film actor James Nesbitt. An authentic, truthful and reverent documentary drama from the early 2000s which gained, among numerous other awards, the Golden Bear tied with Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" (2001) at the 52nd Berlin Film Festival in 2002.

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