Omagh

2004

Omagh

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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 changed by the loss of his twenty-one year-old son. Determined not to let the same grim fate befall his neighbors, Gallagher took it upon himself to become the official spokesperson for the victim's families, challenging the government's official stand on terrorism and providing a voice for the grief-stricken families of the innocent victims killed in the blast.

Cast

Gerard McSorley
as Michael Gallagher
Michele Forbes
as Patsy Gallagher
Brenda Fricker
as Nuala O'Loan
Peter Balance
as Mark Breslin
Paul Kelly
as Aiden Gallagher
Stuart Graham
as Victor Barker
Pauline Hutton
as Sharon Gallagher
Fiona Glascott
as Cathy Gallagher
Kathy Kiera Clarke
as Elizabeth Gibson
Clare Connor
as Caroline Gibson
Ian McElhinney
as Stanley McCombe
Sarah Gilbert
as Patricia McLaughlin
Alan Devlin
as Laurence Rush
Frances Quinn
as Marion Radford
Tara Lynne O'Neill
as Carol Radford
Billy Clarke
as Kevin Skelton
Frankie McCafferty
as Godfrey Wilson
Karen Rohleder
as Ann Wilson
Michael Legge
as Michael Barrett
Billy Gibson
as James Barker
Paul Doyle Jr.
as Fernando Baselga
Rita Hammill
as Geraldine Breslin
Hugo Temperley
as Oran Doherty
Sandra Gildea
as Esther Gibson
Brid Ni Chumhaill
as Anne McCombe
Sean McCardle
as Sean McLaughlin
Kiva Murphy
as Jolene Marlow
Gary Ward
as Alan Radford
Gabrielle Kirby
as Libbi Rush
Anne Leonard
as Philomena Skelton
Laura Pyper
as Lorraine Wilson
Lorcan Cranitch
as Sir Ronnie Flanagan
Paschal Scott
as Eric Anderson
Jonathan Ryan
as Gerry Adams
Michael Liebmann
as Kevin Fulton
Brendan Coyle
as Det. Sgt. John White
Des Cave
as Fr. Mullan
Stanley Townsend
as Sam Pollock
Chris Corrigan
as Duty Sergeant
Louis Dempsey
as Bomber in Phone Box
Andy Moore
as Bomber One
Stephen Don
as Bomber Two
Michael Farley
as Scout One
Des Daly
as Scout Two
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Critic Reviews for Omagh

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

  • 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.

    Mar 10, 2006 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

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

    Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • ... a good picture that's at its best when dramatizing the very violence it condemns.

    Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Omagh" is an example of how cinematic drama must be made today in order to be effective and relevant: with honesty and heart. Brilliant.

    Mar 20, 2006 | Full Review…
  • ... an important film.

    Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

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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