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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Crosbie ...
Girl in Pub
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Philip King ...
Guildford Soldier
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Nye Heron ...
IRA Man 1
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Danny
Frankie McCafferty ...
Tommo
Paul Warriner ...
Soldier
Julian Walsh ...
Soldier
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 ...
Mother
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Storyline

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 »


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

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25 February 1994 (USA)  »

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En el nombre del padre  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,010,410 (USA)
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Despite playing father and son, Pete Postlethwaite was only 11 years older than Daniel Day-Lewis. See more »

Goofs

Gareth Peirce, a solicitor, is seen addressing the court. At the time of the trial, solicitors did not have "rights of audience" and could not, therefore, address the court. At that time, only barristers could do this. See more »

Quotes

Giuseppe Conlon: I'm going to die.
Gerry Conlon: Don't be saying that.
Giuseppe Conlon: I'm scared.
Gerry Conlon: There's no reason to be scared. You have nothing to be scared about.
Giuseppe Conlon: Don't you be comforting me when I can see the truth staring me in the face. I'm scared I'm gonna die here.
Gerry Conlon: You're not dying alright?
Giuseppe Conlon: Can I not say a thing without you contradicting me? I'm scared to leave your mother behind.
Gerry Conlon: Look, you are not going to die alright? If you do, sure I can look after Ma alright.
Giuseppe Conlon: You think I'd leave Sara in your care?
Gerry Conlon: What do you mean?
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Composer/Writer Phil Lynott (as Lynott) / Eric Bell (as Bell) / Brian Downey (as Downey)
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Perhaps a bit too black and white but still very impressive.
1 January 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Even though this movie seems a bit too black and white from time to time I must say that it still is an impressive piece of cinema. Too black and white because I sometimes had the feeling that they had left out some parts to make it all a lot easier for the viewer. I can't help believing that Conlon and Hill weren't the nicest guys either, but the movie shows them almost as saints (except for the fact that they steal some lead from the roofs, they never really do anything wrong). Does that mean that this movie isn't any good? Certainly not! It still remains very impressive and the idea that injustice in the name of protecting the country should be allowed is awful and so it is good that at least some movie makers aren't afraid to protest against it.

The movie tells the story about Gerry Conlon and his old school friend Paul Hill. They both are small time criminals and because of their own safety they have to live in London for a while. Otherwise they might get shot by the IRA. In London they stay in a community of hippies, but aren't welcomed by everybody. As a bomb explodes in a pub, one of the members from the community goes to the police and accuses them of the crime. They are immediately apprehended, together with Conlon's father, his aunt and her family. What follows is a process full of corruption and false accusations, putting them in jail for many years even though they haven't done anything wrong.

The film is very good. It's well acted, well paced and well directed. The story is touching and I never got bored when watching it. Therefor I give it an 8/10.


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