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Omagh [DVD]

Gerard McSorley , Michelle Forbes , Pete Travis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard McSorley, Michelle Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Stuart Graham, Peter Ballance
  • Directors: Pete Travis
  • Producers: Paul Greengrass, Ed Guiney
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Bafta-winning made-for-TV drama that examines the human cost to those who survived the Real IRA bombing in Omagh on 15th August 1998. The film centres around the Gallacher family, who lost their son in the bombing, and the efforts of their father, Michael (Gerard McSorley), in his search for justice. Michael's role as chair of the Omagh Support Group, coupled with the dragging of heels and lack of transparency by the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Special Branch, places added strain on his relationship with his wife, and raises questions about whether the bombings will ever be solved.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film which is both horrific and touching 28 Mar 2009
By Pablo
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"Omagh" starts on August 15 1998 with scene switches between two areas of action. One is the making and transportation of a 500lb bomb from the south to Omagh. The other area is Omagh itself, the day-to-day life of the people in the town and the Gallagher family in particular. These two strands come together with the hopelessly imprecise warning, the poignant scenes of well-intentioned police officers leading people towards, rather than away from the bomb, and of course the explosion itself, which killed 31 and maimed a great many more.
The aftermath of the bombing - the fragility of the human body, the shock of the people, the anxiety of father searching for missing son - all this is chillingly portrayed with deep humanity and an absence of sensationalism, but with no punches pulled either. Gerard McSorley as Michael Gallagher, excellent throughout, is superb here.
In the post-bomb meeting of the families of the victims (the Omagh Support Group) Michael Gallagher's impassioned plea for unity and solidarity across sectarian divides mirrors the ongoing (though largely unchronicled outside NI) efforts towards integration of the immense majority of the people of Northern Ireland. The film then enters the Kafkaesque world of bureaucracy as the victims seek to discover the truth. If the film has an unfinished feel to it then it's because this story is indeed unfinished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Sad Movie 5 Oct 2010
By Rad
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Great movie of a very sad moment in Northern Ireland's history, of which there have been too many. Well acted, particularly by Gerard McSorley as the grieving father, and the supporting cast were all excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good docu-drama 9 Nov 2009
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for those interested in what was euphemistically called "the troubles" in the six counties of Ulster, and the rest of Ireland as a whole. It basically details the bombing of the town of Omagh by....well, by parties still unknown, and the efforts of the families of those killed and injured to get to the truth of who was responsible. Serious questions about the role of the then RUC and British intelligence are left hanging.

Good acting by all concerned and and hour and 40 mins well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Troubles are Over? 5 May 2013
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I remember the rejoicing when the Good Friday Agreement was signed.Seamus Heaney wrote a marvellous optimistic poem to mark the occasion, politicians made euphoric speeches and thankful prayers said by believers and unbelievers. Then came the Omagh bombing. Overnight, we learned that there were still people who did not want peace in Northern Ireland, and were still prepared to kill. This is not a comforting film, and there is no happy ending. Watch it and be awed at the determination of the relatives in their pursuit of justice. Be hopeful that such an atrocity will never be repeated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 2 April 2013
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Great acting and shows the reality of how the troubles affect families invloved in living in Ireland who only want answers to why them. Doesn't glorify the bombers or the reasons why this awful atrocity happenned but shows how ordiary people going about their daily business are the should never be forgotten victims.
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