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When the Sky Falls (2000)

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In this crime drama adapted from a true story, Sinead Hamilton (Joan Allen) is a public relations agent turned journalist who is appalled at the corruption and drug trafficking in her native Dublin; determined to do something about it and make the city a safer place in which to bring up her son, Hamilton begins a series of investigative pieces exposing the major players in the city's dope trade, as well as possible links between drug dealing and the Irish Republican Army. Hamilton's stories win wide acclaim and lead to a public outcry to see that justice is served; they also make Hamilton a number of very dangerous enemies among the underworld, as well as the more corrupt segments of the law enforcement community. When the Sky Falls is based on the true-life story of Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin; Guerin worked on the early drafts of the script before she was murdered by members of the drug cartel she helped to expose, leading the producers to change the names of the characters and alter the story's outcome. The supporting cast includes Patrick Bergin as a police investigator, Pete Postlethwaite as a criminal insider who gives information to Hamilton, and Liam Cunningham as another notorious crime boss.
Rating:
R (Brutal violence, Strong language, Drug content, and Some sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Cast

Joan Allen
as Sinead Hamilton
Pete Postlethwaite
as The Commandant
Liam Cunningham
as John Cosgrave
Owen Roe
as John O'Connor
Kevin McNally
as Tom Hamilton
Jimmy Smallhorne
as Mickey O'Fagan
Gerard Mannix Flynn
as Dave Hackett
Desmond McAleer
as Jimmy Keaveney
Jason Barry
as Dempsey
Des McAleer
as Jimmy Keveaney
Gavin Kelty
as Tatoo
Rúaidhrí Conroy
as Jamie Thornton
Liam Carney
as Dessie
Mark Dunne
as Keego
Paul Hickey
as Lawyer
Paul Bennett
as Seamus
Feraghal Geraghty
as Colum Hamilton
Jeff O'Toole
as Snots Mallon
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Critic Reviews for When the Sky Falls

All Critics (5)

Remarkably little story...

July 28, 2001
Filmcritic.com

A witless examination of a woman who is only ever seen in superficial details.

March 30, 2001

Audience Reviews for When the Sky Falls

Although it is not as good as the Cate Blanchett's "Veronica Guerrin", based on the same story, it is a fine film on it's own. I am surprised by the poor reviews. Joan Allen does a great job in the main role. It is a very interesting story, moves along well. I found it very interesting and skillfully made.

James Higgins
James Higgins

6.5/10. Although it is not as good as the Cate Blanchett's "Veronica Guerrin", based on the same story, it is a fine film on it's own. I am surprised by the poor reviews. Joan Allen does a great job in the main role. It is a very interesting story, moves along well. I found it very interesting and skillfully made.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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