In the Name of the Father (1993)



Director:  Jim Sheridan

Starring:  Daniel Day-Lewis (Gerry Conlon), Pete Postlehwaite (Giuseppe Conlon), Emma Thompson (Gareth Peirce), John Lynch (Paul Hill), Corin Redgrave (Robert Dixon), Beatie Edney (Carole Richardson), Daniel Massey (Prosecutor).

Country:  US-Irish film


Great story and a true one of how, in response to an I.R.A. bombing, the British authorities grab anyone Irish to serve as the terrorists.  The British grab a Catholic Belfast young man (Daniel Day Lewis) living in England who is kind of a general screw-up, somewhat alienated from his father.  To make matters worse, not only do they grab the young man, but they also grab his father (Pete Postlethwaite) who is the model of a conservative, law-abiding person.  The British manufacture evidence and suppress other evidence to rail-road the two into prison.  

The rest of the movie deals with the experience in prison and the long road to justice.  It also deals with a father-son relationship, the illness of the father finally prevailing upon the son to straighten out his attitude and his life.   

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.










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