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In the Name of the Father

8.12 h 12 min1994X-Ray15
Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson co-star in this riveting, true story of one man's fifteen-year struggle to clear his father's name and prove his own innocence.
Jim Sheridan
Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite
English [CC]
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
terrible miscarriage of justice
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I was a child when the guilford 4 were convicted and I did not understand what this was about. Watching this film really gives a sense of the horror and corruption that was within the british police force and the judicial system at the time, even now its still there.
I can begin to understand the pain those people must have felt, gone through, relived, knowing day after day they were not guilty. For it come out in the appeal that documents, interviews proving they were innocent, at the time they were charged and those people in the police force knew about this and hid it, it makes me feel sick thinking about it. what about the rest of us, it could so easily be anyone of us been in the wrong place at the wrong time. what a terrible miscarriage of justice.
5 people found this helpful
Nigel WReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must see film.
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When you know Pete Postlethwaites in it you know you're on to a winner and this is no exception.
Wonderful film and brilliant acting, though from an English point of view shows the dark side of the police and the legal system.
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M. J. SmittenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A convincing account of the injustice and mistreatment of innocently ...
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A convincing account of the injustice and mistreatment of innocently convicted family sent to prison for the Guilford pub bombings. There is a lot of swearing and violence, which is not my normal entertainment, but it is entirely in context here and so remains inoffensive. There is little in favour of British army, police, lawyers, prison officers and judges, though it is acknowledged throughout that the main character is a petty crook, though innocent of this particular crime and murder. I am sensitive to imbalance and bias in favour of either side, but soberly consider this to be an accurate account. Something either rings true or it doesn't - without absolute evidence in my possession that is the only way we can assess anything. I therefore conclude this is a true account, given a certain amount of poetic licence is allowable, which it must be in film making.
5 people found this helpful
superfrogReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A poignant reminder of the ills of violence...
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... both individual and institutional.
Films rarely make me angry, because they are films and while good ones engage with feelings deep inside one's psyche, I tend to conceptualise then feel rather than directly feel. This film is one of the few exceptions; I'd go as far as saying that for any politically aware human being, with any amount of sense of respect for justice or equality of treatment this should prove to have the same effects. It works because it is believable, it woks because it is kept simple, down to sound or photography.

This is a film about rebellion, about values, about courage, about justice and the fine consequences of the the absence of any or all of those, in a time of crisis.
Northern Irish conflict is not one of my subjects of speciality but the one thing I cannot help wonder about after watching this is how the conflict ever cooled down with such practices on both sides. I guess the Giuseppes won the real battle, the one which ousts weapons and oppression.
2 people found this helpful
Luther buckhurstReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bloody brilliant
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Bloody brilliant film, based on a true story. I was gripped all the way through.
Great cast, great acting.
Peter Postelthwaite and Daniel Day Lewis were superb.
This was a history lesson for me in seeing the facts about the misjustice of the Guildford 4 and their families.
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Kieron McNameeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this!!
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Brilliant film! Now one of my favourites. Would definitely recommend to anyone Irish or of Irish decent who wants to find out about the story and innocence of the Guildford Four and the McGuire Seven. It tells the story of the lies and torture by the British police and touches on the troubles in the North of Ireland. Disc in good condition and arrived quickly.
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VicuñaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Relevant and fresh 24 years after release. Compelling drama...
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True story of the Guildford Four and a miscarriage of 'justice' following the IRA bombing campaign on mainland UK in the 1970s.

Daniel DL, Emma Thompson and the late great Pete Pistkethwaite turn in some truly convincing performances in this beautifully crafted film. So sad that so much is true. Stands the test of time (it's over 20 years since the film was released) very well, remaining fresh, relevant and a very watchable drama.
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Graham CooperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb depiction of a shameful episode in Britain's handling of the Ulster conflict.
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First rate screenplay and cinematography with well researched representation of Belfast at the time (speaking as one who was there !). Messrs Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite excel themselves with superb performances. Thankfully no paddywhackery or glamourisation of PIRA, indeed the very psychosis of violent republicanism is plain to see, alongside the contempt for justice demonstrated by the Metropolitan Police Constabulary. Goes to prove the old adage, "the truth will out". All in all an outstanding production.
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