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The Journey (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuiness and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley are forced to travel by car together.

Director:

Nick Hamm

Writer:

Colin Bateman (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... Ian Paisley
Colm Meaney ... Martin McGuinness
Freddie Highmore ... Jack the Driver
John Hurt ... Harry Patterson
Catherine McCormack ... Kate Elgar
Toby Stephens ... Tony Blair
Barry Ward ... Ian Paisley, Jr.
Ian Beattie ... Gerry Adams
Ian McElhinney ... Rory O'Suaird
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Bertie Ahern
Daniel Portman ... Frank
Lucy Cray-Miller Lucy Cray-Miller ... Reporter (as Lucy Cray Miller)
Lorna Quinn Lorna Quinn ... Reporter
Richard Doubleday ... Reporter
Patrick Joseph Byrnes Patrick Joseph Byrnes ... Reporter
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Storyline

In 2006, Northern Ireland's bloody Troubles had dragged on for decades. Now with the growing threat of a new generation inspired by the 9/11 attacks to escalate the conflict to new levels of destruction, both the Catholic Republican and the Protestant Unionist sides are finally persuaded to seriously explore a peace agreement at UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's urging. Unfortunately, the principle negotiators, firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness, are decades-long implacable enemies. However with talks about to start, Paisley has his wedding anniversary that he is determined to attend at home, and McGuinness decides he must accompany his enemy to prevent him from being persuaded to abandon this chance for peace. With the Prime Minister and his MI-5 staff nervously watching from secret cameras, the two foes undertake a journey together in which they bridge the seemingly unbridgeable and change the course of history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Life made them enemies. Politics made them adversaries. One journey made them friends.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viagem See more »

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Trivia

Colm Meaney is a taller and bigger man than Timothy Spall, in real life Martin McGuiness and Ian Paisley were the opposite. See more »

Goofs

In the church scene, in a wood block there is an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle for which there is no reference in the dialogue. Why did the Director leave it, so obvious in the middle of the scene? See more »

Quotes

Martin McGuinness: That, eh, deer... that was an accident?
Jack: We have highly trained wildlife.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits for the main cast photographs of the real Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness at various official occasions are shown. See more »

Connections

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Are You Getting Through
Written by Glen Hansard
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Glen Hansard, Joseph Doyle, Graham Hopkins, Ruth O'Mahony Brady, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney, Una O'Kane, Paule Hughes, Katie O'Conner, David, Odlum
Recorded fby David Odlum at Westland Studios, Dublin and Black Box Studio, France
Produced by David Odlum
Appears Courtesy of Anti Records
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"A fictional account" You said it Matey
14 May 2017 | by dilsonbelperSee all my reviews

I Looked forward to seeing The Journey ...But What a waste of time that was. This film should have been the monumental change in the NI series of movies. But unfortunately Nick Hamms jittery direction and lack of depth to supporting characters along with Batemans almost Monty Pythonesque silly script gave us what we should now call the Norn Oirish silly road movie genre. Ill not go into spoilers there were a few good lines By Paisley gags from Blair and McGuinness With the audience Feeling sorry for Spall and Meaney for trying to deal with this utter nonsense along with pop culture being Flung at us at every corner and sentence that Bateman could muster gently forcing the titters and groans from the faithful few. I then tried to gee myself up and wonder how I would have done this differently, the answer I eventually decided on was ....I wouldn't.... Hamm was given a dodgy script and tried his best to make that good and that was a tall order. They had a responsibility to tell a tail which changed the face of a country and they gagged it up and failed miserably.


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