• Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

Five Minutes of Heaven

Release Date: August 21st, 2009

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

In 1970s Northern Ireland, young Joe Griffin watches in horror as the teenage leader of a UVF cell shoots Joe's brother dead. Thirty years later, peace is at hand, and Joe (James Nesbitt) is to meet his brother's killer, Alistair Little (Liam Neeson), on live TV. Unbeknownst to the TV crew, Joe is not there to reconcile with Alistair, but to kill him.

Cast: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Conor MacNeill, Richard Dormer, Mark Ryder, Kevin O'Neill, Gerard Jordan

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Northern Ireland Screen, Bord Scannan Na hEireann, Pathé, Irish Film Board, Big Fish Films, Ruby Films, BBC Films

Keywords: Brother, Revenge, Brooding, Rivalry, Emotional, 2000s, Gripping

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Based on a true story -- that never happened. That might explain why the film circles and circles its subject but never strikes dramatic pay dirt. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    An imperfect but intensely human movie that ponders the aftershock of violence, could have been an exercise in overacted sappiness. Instead, it's as hard and uncompromising as remorse. show more

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    The title of the overlong Fifty Dead Men Walking refers to lives saved by Sturgess' character, who is still in hiding years later. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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