In the Name of the Father

In the Name of the Father

Jim Sheridan (1993)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four. Daniel Day-Lewis is highly impressive as Conlon, a naive young Irishman who couldn't blow his own hat off, arrested by the police for terrorist bombings along with three equally unlikely individuals. The rest, as they say, is history and, as directed by Jim Sheridan, who worked with Day-Lewis on My Left Foot, the story still packs an enormous dramatic punch. Pete Postlethwaite is brilliant as Conlon's bemused and hapless father, and the only false note is struck by Emma Thompson, who's hopelessly miscast (albeit Oscar-nominated) as the Four's solicitor. Don't miss.


Drama adapted from the autobiography of Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon, chronicling his tireless efforts to overturn the life sentence imposed on him for involvement with an IRA bombing, an indictment based on a forced confession. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch and Mark Sheppard.

Cast & Crew

Gerry Conlon Daniel Day-Lewis
Gareth Peirce Emma Thompson
Guiseppe Conlon Pete Postlethwaite
Paul Hill John Lynch
Paddy Armstrong Mark Sheppard
Carole Richardson Beatie Edney
Sarah Conlon Marie Jones
Annie Maguire Britta Smith
Robert Dixon Corin Redgrave
Joe McAndrew Don Baker
Benbay Paterson Joseph
Chief PO Barker John Benfield
Ronnie Smalls Frank Harper
Girl in pub Alison Crosbie
Guildford soldier Philip King
Danny Anthony Brophy
Tommo Frankie McCafferty
Director Jim Sheridan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: May be edited for violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray