Five Minutes of Heaven ()

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The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.


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Young Alistair - 1975 (as Mark Davison)
Andy - 1975
Alistair's Mum - 1975
Stuart - 1975
Dave - 1975
Alistair's Dad - 1975
Kevin O'Neill ...
Young Joe - 1975
Jim - 1975
Paula McFetridge ...
Joe's Mum - 1975
Gerry Doherty ...
Joe's Dad - 1975
Luke O'Reilly ...
Brother Dan - 1975
Luke McEvoy ...
Brother John - 1975
Aoibheann Biddle ...
Sister 1 - 1975
Ruth Matthewson ...
Sister 2 - 1975
Susan - 1975
Joe - 2008
Joe's Chauffeur - 2008
Alistair - 2008
Richard Orr ...
Alistair's Chauffeur - 2008
Michael - 2008
Sharon - 2008
Sarah - 2008
Katy Gleadhill ...
Fiona - 2008
Sound Recordist - 2008
Jill Crawford ...
Cathy - 2008 (as Juliet Crawford)
Vika - 2008
David - 2008
Landlord - 2008
Daniel McClean ...
Liam - 2008
Emma Neill ...
Katie - 2008
Stella McCusker ...
Stephanie - 2008
Amber O'Doherty ...
Kirsty - 2008
Former UVF Commander - 2008
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernadette Dobbin ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Mickey Mason ...
Young man on street (uncredited)
Passer By (uncredited)

Directed by

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Written by

Guy Hibbert ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Ed Guiney ... executive producer
François Ivernel ... executive producer (as Francois Ivernel)
Marshall Leviten ... line producer (as Marshall Levitan)
Andrew Lowe ... executive producer
Cameron McCracken ... executive producer
Don Mullan ... associate producer
Eoin O'Callaghan ... producer
Patrick Spence ... executive producer: BBC
Paul Trijbits ... executive producer
Stephen Wright ... producer

Music by

Leo Abrahams
David Holmes

Cinematography by

Ruairí O'Brien ... director of photography (as Ruairi O'Brien)

Film Editing by

Hans Funck

Editorial Department

Colin Coull ... filmout supervisor: Windmill Lane
Andschana Eschenbach ... assistant editor
Jessica Felton ... digital intermediate faciiities coordinator
Dave Hughes ... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Morris ... digital intermediate supervisor
Shane Murphy ... digital intermediate on-line editor
Dan Roberts ... additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Georgia Simpson

Production Design by

Mark Lowry

Art Direction by

Gillian Devenney

Costume Design by

Maggie Donnelly

Makeup Department

Jilly Green ... hair stylist (as Jill Green)
Lorna McSloy ... additional hair assistant
Paula Moore ... additional hair assistant
Conor O'Sullivan ... special makeup effects artist
Laura Pollock ... makeup trainee
Pamela Smyth ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

Mark Devlin ... production manager
Damien Glenholmes ... unit manager
Miranda Jones ... post-production supervisor
Andrew Reid ... head of production: Northern Ireland Screen
Faye Ward ... head of production: Ruyby Films

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Sean Roe Curran ... Additional Assistant Director
Lynne Davison ... additional assistant director
Darren Fee ... second assistant director
Jack Hamill ... additional assistant director
Peter Nightingale ... first assistant director
Samantha Ross ... third assistant director
Richard Wilson ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

James Barr ... property master
Conor Bradly ... additional construction
Sean Bradly ... additional construction
Diarmuid Corr ... art department daily
Michael Cullen ... prop hand
Cole Doherty ... construction manager
Shea Doherty ... additional construction
Raymond Ginnane ... carpenter (as Ray Ginnane)
Sian Alaw Jones ... design assistant (as Sián Alaw Jones)
Sean McAliskey ... additional construction
Felix McCrudden ... additional painter
Lisa McDiarmid ... stand-by art director
Keiran McElvanna ... additional construction
Neil McNally ... dressing props
Christopher Moore ... stand-by props
Alan Nixon ... stand-by carpenter
Sarah Speers ... production buyer
Paul Stewart ... additional props

Sound Department

Mark Appleby ... adr mixer
Alan Collins ... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Caoimhe Doyle ... foley artist
Steve Fanagan ... foley editor
John Fitzgerald ... adr mixer / re-recording mixer
Fionán Higgins ... dialogue editor (as Fionnan Higgins)
Ronan Hill ... sound mixer
Simon Kerr ... sound maintenance
Paul Maynes ... adr mixer
Terry McDonald ... sound trainee (as Terence McDonald)
Jean McGrath ... foley mixer
Jon Stevenson ... supervising sound editor
Alex Hudd ... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Kevin Byrne ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

Mike Branton ... base-light assistant: Windmill Lane
Marie A. Jones ... datascan producer: Windmill Lane (as Marie Jones)
John Kennedy ... visual effects supervsior: windmill lane


Brendan Condren ... stunt double: Mr. Nesbitt
Joe Condren ... stunt coordinator
Tommy Sheen ... stunt double: Mr. Neeson
John Sheridan ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Valentine ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt rigger (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Raymond Carlin ... crane technician (as Ray Carlin)
Hugh-Thomas Cavanagh ... additional best boy (as Hugh Thomas Cavanagh)
Dermot Coleman ... generator operator: London
Noah Davis ... additional clapper loader
Bryan Drysdale ... steadicam operator
Nicky Fitzgerald ... rigging gaffer
Andy Gardner ... clapper loader
Howard Gibson Steele ... gaffer (as Howard Gibson-Steel)
Conor Hammond ... focus puller
Glynn Harrison ... grip
Roy Harrison ... additional grip
Christopher Hill ... still photographer
Steffan Hill ... still photographer
Gary Hutchinson ... stand-by rigger
Davie Mayes ... gaffer: second unit
Carlo McDonnell ... additional electrician
Eugene McVeigh ... cameraman: epk
Roger Tooley ... steadicam operator
Ruth Woodside ... camera trainee (as Ruth Greer)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Kerry Gooding ... additional costume
Lauren Hanna ... costume supervisor
Heather Long ... additional costume
Edel McCarron ... costume assistant

Location Management

Nicola Bailey-James ... additional locations
Robert Boake ... location trainee
David Cooke ... additional locations
Trevor Currie ... additional locations
Catherine Geary ... location manager
Stephen Hanley ... additional locations
Sarah Hills ... additional locations

Music Department

Jane Bridgeman ... music clearance supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

Lynda Marshall ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Jeff Brown ... driver: facilities
Maurice Brown ... driver: Mr. Nesbitt
Alan Crozier ... facilities chief
Dermie ... driver: facilities
Walter Hawthorne ... driver: Mr. Neeson
Paul McCausland ... camera car / driver / transportation
John McDowell ... action vehicle coordinator
Lee McFadden ... driver: facilities
Gavin McGlashan ... driver: facilities (as Gavin McGlashin)
Michael Thompson ... driver: facilities
Phillip Wiggans ... driver: facilities (as Philip Wiggins)
Ryan Marshall ... unit driver: dalies (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Monika Agorelius ... electronic press kit
Yasu Asami ... assistant: Paul Trijbits, Ruby Films
Matt Bannister ... publicist: BBC
Jonathan Blair ... legal services: Big Fish Films, Simkins
Michelle Burns ... additional production
Mark Byrne ... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Una Carlin ... publicist: BBC
James Clarke ... finance director: Pathé
Louise Cornally ... production finance executive: Element Pictures
Rowena Crofts ... production assistant
Suzi Crofts-Fawsitt ... production pooch
Sean Roe Curran ... set production trainee (as Sean Curran)
Lorraine Denis ... production trainee (as Lorraine Dennis)
Pierre Du Plessis ... business affairs: Pathé
Donal Geraghty ... production accountant
Anna Graham ... assistant: Mr. Neeson
Robert Gyle ... armorer
Paula Heffernan ... assistant to directors: Element Pictures
Aaron Hendriks ... additional accounts
Joe Hendriks ... assistant accountant
James Hickey ... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Ruth Hunter ... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Kevin Jackson ... head of drama: BBC Northern Ireland
Geraldine Jeffers ... publicist: BBC
Steve Joberns ... auditor: Shipleys
Christina Jules ... financial controller: Ruby Films
Moyra Lock ... head of marketing: Northern Ireland Screen
Linda Martin ... head of finance: Northern Ireland Screen
Jennifer McAufield ... production executive: BBC
Michael McCartney ... animal handler
Stephen McDonogh ... legal services: BBC
Fiona McGuire ... physical production: Pathé
Damian McParland ... legal services: Northern Ireland Screen, Millar McCall Wylie
Tim O'Shea ... legal services: Big Fish Films, Simkins
Ailsa Orr ... head of programmes: BBC Northern Ireland
George Pank ... legal: Pathé
Simon Perry ... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Joan Purvis ... legal services: BBC
Anne Quinn ... production coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Laura Rees ... additional production
Michael Ritchie ... production associate
Mike Runagall ... international sales: Path*eacute;
Emma Scott ... representative: Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Bronagh Taylor ... additional production
Ian Thomson ... publicist
Richard Williams ... chief executive: Northern Ireland Screen
Susie Wright ... funding programmes coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Andy Brunskill ... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Juliette Caron ... french subtitles by (uncredited)
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)


Toby Babst ... thanks
An Dorthe Braker ... thanks (as Ann Dorthe Braker)
Bernd Eichinger ... thanks
Joe Griffin ... particular thanks
Mechthild Holter ... thanks
Alistair Little ... particular thanks

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Plot Summary

In February, 1975, in Northern Ireland, seventeen year-old UVF member Alistair Little kills the catholic Jimmy Griffin in his house in Lurgan in front of his younger brother Joe Griffin. Alistair is arrested and imprisoned for twelve years while Joe is blamed by his mother for not saving his brother. Thirty-three years later, a TV promotes the meeting of Alistair and Joe in a house in River Finn, expecting the truth and the reconciliation of the murderer and the victim who actually seeks five minutes of heaven. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Requiem (Japan, English title)
  • Cinco minutos de gloria (Spain)
  • Cennette beş dakika (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • 5 λεπτά πριν τον Παράδεισο (Greece)
  • 5 lepta prin ton Paradeiso (Greece)
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  • 89 min
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Trivia Liam Neeson was raised a Catholic and portrays a Protestant. James Nesbitt was raised a Protestant and portrays a Catholic. See more »
Goofs Little's photograph of Griffin's family changes between shots. In some scenes it has a border and in others it doesn't. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Liam Neeson Performances (2012). See more »
Soundtracks A Glass of Champagne See more »
Quotes Alistair Little: [talking to TV camera] For me to talk about the man I have become, you need to know about the man I was. I was 14 when I joined the Tartan gangs and I was 15 when I joined the UVF. At that time, don't forget, there were riots on the streets every week; petrol bombs everyday, and that was just in our town. When you got home and switched on the TV, you could see what was happening in every other town as well, and it was like we were under siege. Fathers and brothers and friends were being killed in the streets, and the feeling was, we all have to do somethin'. We're all in this together and we all have to do somethin'.
Alistair Little: The thing you have to remember, what you have to understand, is the mindset. Once you have signed up to terror, and joined the organization - the group - your mind closes right down. It becomes only *our* story that matters, not their story - the Catholics. It's only *my* people that are being killed, and here suffering and that need looking after. Catholics being killed? Doesn't enter your head. And so when I went up to Sammy, our local commander, and told him I wanted to kill a Catholic man, it wasn't a wrong thing for me to do. In my head, it was the proper, the just, the fair, the good thing to do. And so, it was easy.
Alistair Little: When I got to the house, there was a boy in the street. I didn't expect him to be there, but, there he was. I only looked at him for a moment because I had a job to do, but if I had known that he was Jim's brother, I would have shot him as well. It was in the mindset. It was tit-for-tat, and perhaps one more - why not? That's what it was like. I was only 17. I'd seen my people fighting ever since I was a wee boy. You'd take sides with your friends as a boy, but we weren't just throwing stones over the fence, we were shooting guns. What I want to tell people - what society must do - is to stop people getting to the point where they join the group. Because when you get to that point it's too late. No-one's gonna stop you. No-one's gonna change your mind. And once you're in, you will do anything. You will kill anyone on the other side, because it's right to do it. Once your man has joined the group, society has lost him. And what he needs to hear are voices on his own side, stopping him before he goes in. There were no voices on my side, not on my side of the town, not in my state. No-one was telling me anything other than that killing is right. It was only in prison when I heard that other voice. And the Muslims now, you know the kids now are like I was then. They need to hear those voices now, stopping them from thinking that killing is good. They need *their own* people to say "no". That's where they need to hear it, and that's where I would put my money - on making those voices heard in every mosque in the country.
Alistair Little: When I got home, my mother and father were watching the TV, and it came on the news that the man I had shot was dead. I was so excited, I couldn't wait for when I would get my congratulations. Sammy was going to come knocking at my door, he was going to lead me out into the street and proudly walk me into the bar, and everybody was gonna stand up and applaud. Me? I would've shot anyone for that. And that is why I talk to anybody who would listen now, to tell them to stop boys like me thinking that to shoot an innocent, and a decent man in the head, is a good thing.
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