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Omagh (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 22 May 2004
An examination of the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

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Pete Travis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard McSorley ... Michael Gallagher
Michèle Forbes Michèle Forbes ... Patsy Gallagher (as Michele Forbes)
Brenda Fricker ... Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan
Stuart Graham ... Victor Barker
Peter Ballance Peter Ballance ... Mark Breslin (as Peter Balance)
Pauline Hutton ... Sharon Gallagher
Fiona Glascott ... Cathy Gallagher
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Elizabeth Gibson
Clare Connor Clare Connor ... Caroline Gibson
Gerard Crossan Gerard Crossan ... Hugh
Ian McElhinney ... Stanley McCombe
Sarah Gilbert Sarah Gilbert ... Patricia McLaughlin
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Laurence Rush
Frances Quinn Frances Quinn ... Marion Radford
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Carol Radford
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Storyline

15 August 1998: the Real IRA exploded a bomb on a crowded street in Omagh, just into Northern Ireland, to halt the Good Friday accords and peace process; 29 people died. Families formed the Omagh Support Group to press the police in their inquiries. The film focuses on the Gallagher family, who lose their son Aiden. His father, Michael, a mechanic, becomes chair of the support group. The press for answers strains his relationship with his wife. High-ranking police speak in bromides. Shadowy figures offer intelligence that calls into question the integrity before and after the bombing of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and its Special Branch. Will the murders remain unsolved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of terrorist violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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The song "Broken Things" which was sung by Julie Miller at the end of the film, was performed at the memorial service for the Omagh bomb victims by local singer Juliet Turner. See more »

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Michael Gallagher: [on meeting Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein leader] Mr Adams, my brother was murdered by an IRA gunman in 1984. No witnesses came forward for that either. So they got away. I agree with you - let's put the past behind us. That was my brother then. But this is my son now. The war is supposed to be over. You say you want to build a new Northern Ireland. A peaceful Northern Ireland. But how can we build a peaceful Northern Ireland unless you help us bring his killers to justice?
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A new face every two minutes
28 May 2004 | by OctSee all my reviews

The most salient fact about this TV movie is that its two hours' running time includes 65 speaking parts. Torn between focusing on one or two human stories behind Northern Ireland's worst terrorist outrage and giving a panorama of the politics that led to it, the production settles for wheeling on almost every Ulster character actor you ever saw and others besides. Even an Oscar winner, Brenda Fricker, is in there somewhere, so she is: blink and you'll miss her.

This jittery kaleidoscope creates confusion and dissipates sympathy; as soon as we begin to dig into one victim's backstory, we're off at another tangent. Neither good art nor good commerce, such worthy exercises in the reconstruction of recent events fall between the stools of documentary and drama.

Like many, "Omagh" is shot in "swivelvision" in the common but quite mistaken belief that this makes it look more "real"-- as though documentarists had never learned to use Steadicam. It tiptoes delicately through the minefield of libel that bedevils moveimakers trying to portray unresolved situations: a title at the end tells us that the suspected bombers all deny involvement, so there is no catharsis to be obtained by showing them going to jail. Making us feel sorry for the bereaved is easy meat; but like many an American "issue" movie, all this one will generate in viewers outside Northern Ireland is smug relief at being hors de combat.


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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2004 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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$57,684
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