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In the Name of the Father (1993)



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Jim Sheridan's searing In the Name of the Father --based on Proven Innocent by Gerry Conlon-- tells the true story of "The Guildford Four," four men framed for being IRA terrorists. On October 5, 1974, an IRA bomb killed five people in a Guildford, England pub and public demands for bringing the bombers to justice compels Robert Dixon (Corin Redgrave) of the police force to find the responsible parties quickly. Rounding up likely suspects without regard for their innocence or guilt, two squatters -- Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Paul Hill (John Lynch) -- are arrested. When Gerry's father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite) finds out about his son's arrest, he travels to London from Belfast to help his son find a lawyer. Instead, he is charged with participating with the IRA terror network and is also arrested. In a high profile trial, four innocent men -- including Gerry, Paul, and Giuseppe -- are sentenced to life imprisonment when the judge can't find a reason to hang them. After the convictions, when evidence is discovered of Gerry and Guiseppe's innocence, the police suppress it. But lawyer Gareth Peirce (Emma Thompson) arrives and uncovers the truth as she attempts to get Gerry and Guiseppe's convictions overturned.more
Rating: R (for language and politically-generated violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Terry George, Jim Sheridan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 1998
Universal Pictures


Daniel Day-Lewis
as Gerry Conlon
Pete Postlethwaite
as Giuseppe Conlon
Emma Thompson
as Gareth Pierce
Don Baker
as McAndrew
Joanna Irvine
as Ann Conlon
Beatie Edney
as Carole Richardson
Gerard McSorley
as Belfast Detective Pa...
Daniel Massey
as Prosecutor
John Benfield
as Chief PO Barker
Mark A. Sheppard
as Paddy Armstrong
Alison Crosbie
as Girl in Pub
Philip King
as Guildford Soldier
Nye Heron
as 1st IRA Man
Gary Hudson
as Nick Sharkey
Julian Walsh
as Soldier
Jo Connor
as Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle
as Female Rioter
Brenda Swanson
as Judy Miller
Seamus Moran
as 2nd Ira Man
Billy Byrne
as 3rd Ira Man
Laurence Griffin
as Boy in Riot
Jason Murtaugh
as Boy in Riot
Kelly McKeavney
as Young Girl
Fiona Daly
as IRA Woman
Joe McPartland
as Charlie Burke
Catherine Dunne
as Woman on Balcony
Stanley Townsend
as Hooker's Driver
Anna Meegan
as Granny Conlon
Tony Denham
as Detective
Marie Jones
as Sarah Conlon
Rob Spendlove
as Detective
Leah McCullagh
as Bridie Conlon
Philip Davis
as Detective
Saffron Burrows
as Girl in Commune
Martin Murphy
as Detective
Jamie Harris
as Deptford Jim
Richard Graham
as Detective
Oliver Maguire
as Detective
Ronan Wilmot
as Paddy Maguire
Rachel Dowling
as Policewoman
MacLean Burke
as Young Vincent Maguir...
Joe Jeffers
as Young Patrick Maguir...
Tina Kellegher
as Policewoman
Aidan Grennell
as Trial Judge
Bosco Hogan
as Defense Counsel
Sean Lawlor
as Remand Prison Office...
Aidan Grenell
as Trial Judge
Kenneth Edge
as Jury Foreman
Frank Harper
as Ronnie Smalls
Dave Duffy
as Prison Officer
Martin Dunne
as Prison Officer
Jer O'Leary
as Prisoner John O'Brie...
Mal Whyte
as Cockney Prisoner
Paul Savage
as Prisoner
Malcolm Tierney
as Home Office Official
Paul Raynor
as New Chief Prison Off...
Darren McHugh
as Dixon's Son
Peter Campbell
as Government Official
Alan Barry
as Archivist Jenkins
Jonathan Ryan
as Scottish Governor
Liam O'Callaghan
as Archivist 2
Denys Hawthorne
as Appeal Judge
Tom Wilkinson
as Appeal Prosecutor
Lou Castel
as Salvatore
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Critic Reviews for In the Name of the Father

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Seattle Times
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The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In the Name of the Father


An explosive and powerful film, it makes you take notice, rooted to the edge of your chair as you watch the senseless prejudice and heartless feeling of the British judiciary system while they imprison four innocent people. Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford Four, director Jim Sheridan winds through the real life events that landed a bunch of hippies in jail for murdering fifteen people at the height of the IRA's power in Ireland. This is a very strong and powerful film, because the cover-up was so huge and the misuse of power is so obvious. Not just the people prosecuted, but their family and friends, were put into prison, and that's what makes this such a nauseous film to watch. Much of what makes this heartbreaking are the great performances from the cast assembled. Daniel Day-Lewis is himself an enigma among actors, and he proves his method acting is tried and true in this role, coming off as a disenchanted young man with sincerity, but also a dogged and tired middle aged man at the offset of his sentence. Pete Postlethwaite as his father, wanting his freedom and yet remaining revered in the face of his sentencing, makes you tear up every time he holds out hope for the future. The supporting cast is also quite sincere with their performances, and the four imprisoned showed the deepest pain and regret as they are carted off to prison. The only performance that seemed off was Emma Thompson, who plays Conlon's lawyer. Though she remains restrained throughout most of the film, she ends up seeming earnestly aghast as an outsider, when she should be more composed and triumphant at the end of the film. Though some minor facts were changed, most of what remains true and gut wrenching is in this film, and it makes you sad to think it's not false.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Superlative drama, about a group of Irishmen wrongfully imprisoned as terrorists in 1970's England. As is ever the case with him, Daniel Day-Lewis exhibits a tour-de-force performance, that leaves one genuinely gripped. Joined by esteemed thespians like Emma Thompson and the late Pete Postlethwaite, there is excellent acting to be found within the supporting cast as well. Sort of like an Irish version of The Shawshank Redemption and almost as powerful. Certainly not to be missed!

Mike S

Super Reviewer

After the phenomenal picture, My Left Foot that garnered Daniel Day-Lewis a much deserved Academy Award, director Jim Sheridan and Lewis would collaborate again on In the Name of the Father. This is yet again a powerful engaging true story of Gerry Conlon, a man falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings orchestrated by the IRA. Sheridan assembles a phenomenal cast here, and each brings something unique to the screen. Daniel Day-Lewis is phenomenal in his performance and he is always captivating to watch in his roles because he is a perfectionist and a true artist of his craft, and he becomes the character he portrays. This is a well constructed drama that is highly entertaining from start to finish. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers yet again with this film, and like I said, he is a dedicated actor who always gives his all in a performance. The story is terrific and is based on true events, which makes for some of the best stories to tell on film. I really enjoyed the film, and when real life stories are adapted to the screen, they make for much more compelling movies. With a great cast of talented actors, effective directing and an engrossing plot, In the Name of the Father is a stellar film that should appeal to any viewer looking for a truly memorable film to watch. This is filmmaking at its very best and is a brilliant film that really can spark an interest in the subject it displays. The Strength of the film lies in its cast and plot, both are wonderful, and will surely interest the most demanding filmgoer. In terms of a great story, In the Name of the Father is terrific and as a whole, I felt it was a flawless film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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