In the Name of the Father 1993

In the Name of the Father

Critics Consensus

Impassioned and meticulously observed, In the Name of the Father mines rousing drama from a factual miscarriage of justice, aided by scorching performances and director Jim Sheridan's humanist focus.

94%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 50

95%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 41,326

Where to watch

Show all services

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

In the Name of the Father Photos

Movie Info

Unemployed young Irishman Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) gets by as a petty thief in 1970s Belfast. When local IRA leaders get fed up with him, he flees to England and meets up with his friend Paul Hill (John Lynch). On the same night that the IRA bombs a nearby pub, the friends get kicked out of their communal digs and are forced to sleep in a park. He returns to Belfast, but is arrested as the prime suspect in the bombing and imprisoned, where he spends 15 years trying to clear his name.

Cast & Crew

Pete Postlethwaite
Giuseppe Conlon
Emma Thompson
Gareth Peirce
John Lynch
Paul Hill
Corin Redgrave
Robert Dixon
Beatie Edney
Carole Richardson
Terry George
Screenwriter
Jim Sheridan
Screenwriter
Gabriel Byrne
Executive Producer
Peter Biziou
Cinematographer
Gerry Hambling
Film Editor
Caroline Amies
Production Design
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for In the Name of the Father

Critic Reviews for In the Name of the Father

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (3)

  • Jim Sheridan tells his gripping tale with a fury that stokes up an audience the way early Costa Gavras movies used to do.

    February 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Name of the Father

  • May 22, 2016
    Over-the-top dramatics move this bit of populist fantasy about some Irish falsely imprisoned for bombing innocents in London. Once you accept that some liberties were taken to sell the tale the thing is palatable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2012
    "In the Name of the Father" is very disturbing but the emotional payoff is worth it. The relationship between the father and son is played out nicely; the scenes with them together are the best parts of the film. Everything else from the acting to pacing is superb. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors of all time; this film supports that statement. It's an unbelievable true story that shouldn't be missed.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    Daniel Day-Lewis is brilliant! Pete Postlethwaite is an absolute genius! This movie is heartbreaking and beautiful. This should be on everyone's, must watch list.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

In the Name of the Father Quotes

Movie & TV guides