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Movie Info

Survivors and victims' families struggle to cope after a car bomb kills 29 people in a Northern Ireland town in 1998.

Cast & Crew

Michele Forbes
Patsy Gallagher
Brenda Fricker
Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan
Pauline Hutton
Sharon Gallagher
Fiona Glascott
Cathy Gallagher
Ian McElhinney
Stanley McCombe
Brendan Coyle
Detective Sergeant John White
Lorcan Cranitch
Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan
Alan Devlin
Laurence Rush
Kathy Kiera Clarke
Elizabeth Gibson
Ed Guiney
Producer
Greg Brenman
Executive Producer
Arthur Lappin
Executive Producer
Andrew Lowe
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Critic Reviews for Omagh

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Omagh

  • Feb 06, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    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
  • Jul 06, 2006
    A story that had to be told. I remember that day. The film has a gritty non hollywood feel to it. Told from a neutral viewpoint it is by no means fast moving, but more heart wrenching, not an easy watch at times but when Omagh is only up the road then its something we should all face up to and learn about to try to prevent anything like this happening again.
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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