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In the Name of the Father

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

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.

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Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Argentina Video Home, Universal Pictures

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

  • 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

  • The movie does a harrowing job of showing how, and why, a man might be made to confess to a bombing he didn't commit. show more

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