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In the Name of the Father

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Ireland, United Kingdom, United States · 1993
Rated R · 2h 13m
Director Jim Sheridan
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch
Genre Drama

Gerry, a small-time thief from Belfast, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that killed several people. He and his friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt, and Gerry spends 15 years in prison while his father tries to prove his innocence.

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The New Yorker by

The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

But the acting's so good it frequently transcends the simplicities of the script, and whenever Day-Lewis or Postlethwaite is on-screen the movie crackles.


Time by Richard Corliss

By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up.

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