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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.


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


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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Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of terrorist violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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 »


Michael Gallagher: There's Catholics in this room, and Protestants, and Mormons - Marion's here - and some of us believe in God, and now maybe some of us have no God.
Michael Gallagher: But I can tell you this, we're not going to get anywhere unless we do it together. That's the truth of the matter.
[crowd: Here, here]
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Fantastically powerful!
27 May 2004 | by DibbySee all my reviews

Having just seen this film, I believe that some superlatives are warranted! The performances in this film are hauntingly powerful, most notably Gerald Mcsorley, whose immense portrayal adds credibility and resonance to the tragic story. The direction is magnificent...mostly shot in the style of a documentary, while refraining from actually being a mockumentary. This also adds weight. The fact that this creative, interesting and powerful film only finds a home on TV, rather than at the cinemas...while films like Sex lives and the Potato Men gets a general release, says a lot about the British Film industry!

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22 May 2004 (Ireland) See more »

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Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


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1.78 : 1
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