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In the Name of the Father

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Jim Sheridan
  • 127 mins
  • 15

Summary

Biographical drama based on a true story, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite and John Lynch. On 5 October 1974, two bombs destroy pubs in Guildford, killing five people. Later, three men and a woman are sentenced to life imprisonment after being tried and convicted of causing the explosions. They become known as the "Guildford Four", and their lawyers and supporters begin a 14-year campaign to secure their release.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Gerry ConlonDaniel Day-Lewis
Gareth PeirceEmma Thompson
Guiseppe ConlonPete Postlethwaite
Paul HillJohn Lynch
Paddy ArmstrongMark Sheppard
Carole RichardsonBeatie Edney
Sarah ConlonMarie Jones
Annie MaguireBritta Smith
Robert DixonCorin Redgrave
Joe McAndrewDon Baker
BenbayPaterson Joseph
Chief PO BarkerJohn Benfield
Ronnie SmallsFrank Harper
Girl in pubAlison Crosbie
Guildford soldierPhilip King
DannyAnthony Brophy
TommoFrankie McCafferty

Crew

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DirectorJim Sheridan

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1994-02-11
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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