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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 ... 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

Aerial shot following the MPV as it travels across the Forth Road Bridge shows the under-construction Queensferry Crossing bridge - it only began construction in 2011. See more »

Quotes

Martin McGuinness: I apologize for nothing.
Ian Paisley: That's a true politician. Never apologize.
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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 »

Soundtracks

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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Interesting Effort
26 January 2018 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Wonderful cast in a film that could have used a better script. Timothy Spall's accent slippage irritated at times, though I realize how difficult the Northern Ireland accent is to imitate.

There were many contrivances, a walk in the forest, in a church, in a graveyard to force the final outcome of peace. And I was astonished that the retaliative murders by the RUC got short shrift versus the bombings and killings of the IRA. 6/10


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