• In the Name of the Father (1994)

In the Name of the Father

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 1998

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

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Hell's Kitchen Films

Keywords: Rise, Escape, Prison, Judge, Inspiring, 1980s, 1970s, Father, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

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

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Film Editing