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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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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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Trivia

This actually premiered at the Sundance Film Festival just a few days before it was broadcast by ITV in the UK. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Referenced in Bloody Sunday: Ivan Cooper Remembers (2003) 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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Fact or Fiction? Who can tell...
25 November 2002 | by ickabod147See all my reviews

'Bloody Sunday' is, if nothing else, a very powerful film and,

depending on which side you're on ideologically, can move you to

tears or incite you with rage. Is this film an accurate depiction of

the days events? I personally can't say for certain. Having read

enough contemporary Irish history, including Don Mullan's

"Eyewitness Bloody Sunday", I can say that both sides of the

conflict in Northern Ireland can conduct some very shady

operations and dealings when the moment suits them. A lot of

people have asked "Where was the IRA in this "no-go zone" that

they controlled?" Well according to the book they had been asked

by NICRA (Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association) to remain at

the Creggan Estate. Cooper and the rest of NICRA knew that the

march was banned and they didn't need the Provos to cause

anymore trouble. Also, at that point the Provos were at a nadir of

sorts in terms of numbers and support. There was a lot of hope

placed in the Civil Rights movement, and Bloody Sunday crushed

all chances of it really succeeding. The operation conducted by 1

Para was, I can only hope, a "grab & snatch" operation gone

terribly, terribly wrong.

I can only surmise that out of the some 10,000 people in the

march (not a few hundred as listed in other reviews) some were

either in the IRA if not most definitely IRA sympathisers. Do I

believe most of the marchers that were killed to be innocent

civilians? Yes. Should the "young hooligans" have thrown stones

at the RUC & British Armed Forces? Probably not. Did the IRA

shoot first or did 1 Para? I doubt that with all the confusion going

on, between CS gas & rubber bullets being fired anyone can tell

for certain. I don't think that the Widgery Report was anywhere

near right, or the current Saville Inquiry will get it 100% right either.

But these opinions are coming from a remove of 30 years and a

pretty large ocean.

As for the film itself. i liked it. James Nesbit gave a career defining

performance as far as I'm concerned, going from the height of one

emotion to the absolute depths of another. The Gerry Donaghy

character's accent was a little thick, to say the least. However he

played a good victim with Republican feelings. The jerky handheld

camera, which people either love or hate, worked well in this

movie. It gave a real sense of being "in the moment." Long story

short I'd give this film 3 1/2 stars out of 4.


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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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