• Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

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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

Distributors: IFC Films

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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