- 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).
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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Top Customer Reviews
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
A story with happy ending. I like the hero. Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. The plot is very subtle. The film's camera switch is too montage. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mackenzie
First rate screenplay and cinematography with well researched representation of Belfast at the time (speaking as one who was there !). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Graham Cooper
I would rate the film 5 star as I have seen it before but if I was rating the service from music magpie then I wouldn't rate it at all as I never received the itemPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great film. I have been watching this regularly for over a decade and it is always powerful and thought provoking.Published 8 months ago by rob nelson