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In the Name of the Father (1993)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  25 February 1994 (USA)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.



(autobiographical book "Proved Innocent"), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Crosbie ...
Girl in Pub
Philip King ...
Guildford Soldier
Nye Heron ...
IRA Man 1
Frankie McCafferty ...
Paul Warriner ...
Julian Walsh ...
Stuart Wolfenden ...
Soldier (as Stuart Wolvenden)
Jo Connor ...
Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle ...
Female Rioter
Seamus Moran ...
IRA Man 2
Billy Byrne ...
IRA Man 3
Maureen McBride ...


A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Falsely accused. Wrongly imprisoned. He fought for justice to clear his father's name. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and politically-geneRated violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En el nombre del padre  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$25,010,410 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gabriel Byrne had purchased the rights to Gerry Conlon's book "Proved Innocent" and had intended to play Gerry himself but decided to let Daniel Day-Lewis play the part and just serve as executive producer instead. See more »


When Gerry is arriving in London in 1974 we see an early-'80s Ford Transit van and a similarly dated Ford Fiesta. See more »


[Speaking to people outside the court]
Gerry Conlon: I'm an innocent man. I spent 15 years in prison for something I didn't do. I watched my father die in a British prison for something he didn't do. And this government still says he's guilty. I want to tell them that until my father is proved innocent, until all the people involved in this case are proved innocent, until the guilty ones are brought to justice, I will fight on. In the name of my father and of the truth!
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A horrifying story well told
8 October 1999 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Not only is this a remarkable, incredible, horrifying story of a man who becomes victim of the British' witch-hunt. It is so well told, so realistic, that the viewer gets involved in the Northern Ireland conflict. The acting is superior, the directing is great - a truly astonishing movie. 10/10

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