Omagh (2004)


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A devastated father struggles to find answers after a bomb detonated in the peaceful Irish town of Omagh claims the life of his twenty-one year-old son in this topical docudrama from writer/producer Paul Greengrass and director Pete Travis. In 1988 a group who referred to themselves as the "Real IRA" set a bomb that took the lives of thirty-one people in the Northern Ireland town of Omaga. In the aftermath of the explosion, soft-spoken mechanic Michael Gallagher (Gerard McSorley) was forever … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Greengrass, Guy Hibbert
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On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
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as Michael Gallagher

as Patsy Gallagher

as Nuala O'Loan

as Mark Breslin

as Aiden Gallagher

as Victor Barker

as Sharon Gallagher

as Cathy Gallagher

as Elizabeth Gibson

as Caroline Gibson

as Stanley McCombe

as Patricia McLaughlin

as Laurence Rush

as Marion Radford

as Carol Radford

as Kevin Skelton

as Godfrey Wilson

as Ann Wilson

as Michael Barrett

as James Barker

as Fernando Baselga

as Geraldine Breslin

as Oran Doherty

as Esther Gibson

as Anne McCombe

as Sean McLaughlin

as Jolene Marlow

as Alan Radford

as Libbi Rush

as Philomena Skelton

as Lorraine Wilson

as Sir Ronnie Flanagan

as Eric Anderson

as Gerry Adams

as Kevin Fulton

as Det. Sgt. John White

as Fr. Mullan

as Sam Pollock

as Duty Sergeant

as Bomber in Phone Box

as Bomber One

as Bomber Two

as Scout One

as Scout Two
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Critic Reviews for Omagh

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Serves as a companion piece to writer-producer Paul Greengrass' superb 2001 pic Bloody Sunday, but emerges as a startlingly powerful achievement in its own right.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Top Critic

... unnervingly evokes both the panic and the confusion of a world suddenly ripped inside out.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

... a good picture that's at its best when dramatizing the very violence it condemns.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Omagh" is an example of how cinematic drama must be made today in order to be effective and relevant: with honesty and heart. Brilliant.

Full Review… | March 20, 2006

... an important film.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Jam! Movies

Paul Greengrass, who previous wrote and directed Bloody Sunday, co-wrote this, and once again he shines a light on the victims of the region's seemingly endless strife.

January 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for Omagh


With an eerily prescient line of dialogue, "Omagh" is a devastating dramatization of a terrorist bombing by the Real IRA on August 15, 1998, killing 29 and injuring countless others. The terrorists only do this to make a point in a town in Northern Ireland where everybody else has learned to live in peace. The movie starts on the morning with unbearable suspense, as the terrorists move into position to the town which is frequented by townspeople going about their business unaware. There is a warning but miscommunication leads to the people being evacuated in the wrong direction. And a lot of the film is spent exploring the authorities' mishandling of the tragedy. Remember that the government's role is to protect its citizens against threats like this.

"Omagh" uses its handheld camerawork and jump cuts to tell a powerfully personal story. Michael Gallagher(Gerald McSorley, who is superb) frantically searches for his son Aiden(Paul Kelly), who had gone into town to buy a pair of jeans, in the wake of the explosion. Later, after he buries his son, he becomes an accidental activist, using his eloquent voice to unite the victims' families, as the pain never quite goes away. However, in the search for answers, Michael is in danger of losing sight of what is truly important.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A great addition to the canon of films that deal with the Troubles. Explores the often unattainable peace that an individual needs to find in light of a life changing tragedy and the courage that can emerge.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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