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In The Name Of The Father [DVD] [1994]

4.8 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King, Emma Thompson
  • Directors: Jim Sheridan
  • Writers: Jim Sheridan, Gerry Conlon, Terry George
  • Producers: Nye Heron, Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin, Gabriel Byrne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Italian, Spanish, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KFV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The true story of the group of Irish men dubbed the Guildford Four, the victims of a miscarriage of justice that saw them convicted of bombing a soldiers' pub in 1974. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Belfast wideboy and petty crook Gerry Conlon, who, along with his father (Pete Postlethwaite) and two friends, is forced into a false confession claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack. 'My Left Foot' director Jim Sheridan focuses on the father-son relationship as well as the long-running appeal against their sentences, led by their determined solicitor (Emma Thompson).

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If it had been written as a piece of fiction no one would have believed it, but In the Name of the Father is the true story of one of the most shocking episodes in British legal history. Dealing with the events surrounding the Guildford pub bombing in 1974 and the subsequent 15-year fight for justice, the film portrays a nation in the grip of an anti-system, desperate to find culprits at any cost, however immoral, illegal or brutal. By playing out the drama in personal as well as political terms--the relationship between Gerry Conlon (Day-Lewis) and his father (Pete Postlethwaite) becomes the story's centrepiece--the film works on numerous levels, but the events are no less shameful for it. The court case that ultimately freed the three men and one woman only takes centre stage for the last 20 minutes but despite that--and the fact that the outcome is no secret--it is high drama and completely gripping. This is an unmissable example of genuinely courageous cinema.

On the DVD: Where the real-life events behind the film might have offered huge scope for additional material, the DVD provides little beyond production and cast notes. The film's re-creation of both 1970s Belfast and London is very realistic, intensified by the anamorphic screen ratio, and the excellent soundtrack (including Bono, Sinead O'Connor and Thin Lizzy), which helps drive the action, is intensified by the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. --Phil Udell

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This movie is exactly what it means of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tensions are high between England and Northern Ireland. Unable to find the real IRA members to blame for the bombings the government has to blame somebody and why not use any innocent northern Irish citizens to use as a scape goat.Not in this case as Gerry Conlon, his father Giuseppe Conlon and their very brave lawyer fight till the end. Gerry Conlon ( Daniel Day- Lewis) his father Giuseppe ( Pete Postlethwaite) with a few others including a young female are sentenced for something they never did. The government destroying and hiding the evidence makes this case hard to fight but fortunately with persistence and a great heart to find the truth their lawyer finds the folder that brakes the case.The film is very well done and it captures the story to perfection. Anyone will get into this story quite easily. Its very interesting. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Its fantastic. Just get it. Great seller. Fast delivery. Thank You.
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Daniel day Lewis takes a superior acting role in this epic movie based on a true story about the Guilford four pub bombing in 74' and the plight of proving them innocent. Pete Poselthwate plays Gerard Conlins father who is wrongly imprisoned beside his son for a crime they did not commit. We see the atrocities carried out by the British Government and the IRA. Can the tenacious grit of one lawyer free them 'In the Name of the Father'
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In 1974 the Irish Republican Army bombed two public houses in Guildford, England-The Horse & Groom and the Seven Stars. 5 people were killed and 65 people were seriously injured. During the wave of public hatred for all things Irish, the police round up Belfast rogue Gerry Conlon and his mate Paul Hill and interrogate for 7 days with brute force to obtain a confession... This is Gerry Conlon & the Guildford 4's story.

This is real powerful stuff that thankfully is directed with careful hands. Director Jim Sheridan is equal in his demonizing of the police and the IRA here because it's crucial for us to focus on the Guildford 4. Focus on the Conlon family, for they are victims of injustice when they have no political, or nationalistic affiliations. He centres in on the relationship between Gerry & his father Guiseppe as they find themselves both wrongly imprisoned. It's that family heartbeat that drives this film on, and it's testament to the makers talents that it never comes across as maudlin, it's all very potent and is the films major axis point.

Based on a true story the picture has a finale that will not surprise anyone, but come the last reel you feel emotionally drained, you have come thru the mangler, and myself personally felt both joy and anger in equal measure. Containing brilliant performances from Pete Postelthwaite & Daniel Day Lewis as father & son Conlon respectively, In The Name of The Father is a truly great film that demands not only your head, but also your heart. 9/10
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The story of the greatest miscarriage of justice in the UK, or pehaps in Europe and a truly hear-breaking story. A must-see film.
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Good DVD
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Fantastic film, great acting as always with Daniel Day Lewis and Pete Postlewaite. Portrayed the story very well.
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Excellent delivery Great Item, Would but from again.
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Classic telling of the miscarriage of justice in the British justice system of the Guilford 4
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