The Day Mountbatten Died

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On 27 August 1979, Lord Mountbatten, great uncle to Prince Charles, was blown up at sea by the IRA off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. Three others were killed on the boat that day, including two teenage boys. Later that afternoon, in a second strike, the IRA killed 18 British soldiers, across the border in Northern Ireland. 40 years on, this is the story of that remarkable Bank Holiday Monday - movingly told by those directly affected by it.


Critic Reviews for The Day Mountbatten Died

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7)

  • It was the contemporary interviews with the individuals who have lived longest with the consequences of that day that distinguished the film, elevating it from a historical account to something more relevant and resonant.

    Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Liam Fay

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The story of both atrocities was carefully stitched together from every perspective: witnesses, rescuers, those who survived and the relatives of those who didn't, all in different ways were still scarred and bereaved.

    Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a plea to remember, while skilfully telling the story of the day - and the context in which it took place - mainly through those who were there.

    Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Emine Saner

    Top Critic
  • Journalist Olivia O'Leary was eloquent, too, especially when observing that all of us on these two islands have the responsibility to ensure that conditions "do not encourage the breakout again of sectarian tensions".

    Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Gruelling, affecting.

    Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • To explain the historical context, compile the fragmented accounts of the survivors, assess the long-term damage and pay tribute to the dead required a delicate balance. As a result, the documentary sometimes felt piecemeal, but never superficial.

    Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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