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R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
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: Daniel Day-Lewis , Pete Postlethwaite , Emma Thompson , John Lynch , Corin Redgrave , Beatie Edney , Daniel Massey , Alison Crosbie

Director: Jim Sheridan

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Argentina Video Home, Universal Pictures

In the Name of the Father (1994)

Release Date: March 15th, 1994|2 hr. 12 min.

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  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    But the film's emotional core is father-son reconciliation, and Pete Postlethwaite is very sympathetic as Dad. [29 Dec 1993 Pg. 01.D] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Though the facts have been manipulated in the interests of drama--Gerry and Giuseppe were never imprisoned together, etc.--this has been done in a brave and responsible way, shedding light on an important episode in recent history. show more

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