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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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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Domingo Sangrento 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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Trivia

Ruled ineligible to compete for an Oscar in 2003 because it was shown on Irish and British television on the same night that it premiered in a London theater, a violation of the motion picture academy's Rule 3, which requires a six-month wait between the time it is shown in theaters and the time it is shown on TV. See more »

Goofs

When the military staff review the itinerary (roughly at 21'), they point at a map with a main rendezvous point : Agro corner. It is first written as "Aggro corner", then spelled "Agro corner" in the next sequence and back to "Aggro corner" in the final view of the map. 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

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (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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Gritty and Powerful
22 May 2003 | by splat99See all my reviews

I have seen "Bloody Sunday" twice now - once on the big screen and once on DVD - and read Don Mullen's book, "Eyewitness Bloody Sunday." This movie is a very realistic depiction of the defining moment of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. The hand-held cameras and grainy film style make it feel more like a documentary than a movie, which of course is the intent. As another reviewer has mentioned, the acting is very natural throughout. It does take some time to get started, but once the the shooting starts it hits the viewer like a sledgehammer. Very powerful.

The film jumps so frequently from scene to scene that at times it is distracting, though I was much less annoyed by this the second time around. And, having seen it once with and once without subtitles, I must say that although the subtitles (optional on the DVD) are intrusive they are quite welcome. I love the Irish accent but at times it can be difficult for me to decipher,and much of the dialogue in the movie is muted. It was good to know what was being said.

As for the objectivity, of course the movie is slanted - so was the situation. But it is not unreasonably slanted. The British are not shown as one-dimensional demons - in particular, Nicholas Farrell does a great job of conveying Brigadier Mclellan's ambiguity and even disapproval of the course taken against his wishes by the supposed "Observer," Maj. Gen. Ford (who, if the movie has a villain, is the prime candidate.) At one point early on several Paras are discussing the day's prospects, and reveal how tired they are of being harassed, shot at and otherwise abused by the native population. This makes the day's events more understandable. This does not EXCUSE the cold-blooded gunning down of 27 people - there is no excuse for that - but at least one can see a contributing factor. And protesters are shown, once or twice, firing back. (The key here is firing BACK - evidence indicates that no marchers fired until the first two protesters were wounded. And those scattered few that attempted return fire were quickly dissuaded by their countrymen. Later in the day the IRA did go into action, but not until after the bloodletting in Bogside was over with.) Ivan Cooper's (James Nesbitt) words at the close of the film were shown to be all too true in the years since the actual incident. The IRA was on unsteady legs at the time, but has never lacked support since January 30, 1972.

The film is a powerful object lesson concerning the misuse of force, and one that governments everywhere - including my own country, the United States - should take to heart. It has a few flaws, but I think deserves the awards it has received. 8/10 points.


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