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In the Name of the Father

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Jim Sheridan

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About the Movie

Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama that mirrors one man's 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Oscar winner Emma Thompson co-stars in this gripping film the Los Angeles Times calls, "A politically charged 'Fugitive.'" In the Name of the Father tells the true saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife-torn '70s Belfast, Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying, much to the dismay of his quiet, frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA, his father sends him to England, where his antics land him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent, but forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the "Guildford Four." An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and jailed, and while behind bars, Gerry slowly learns that his father's seeming weakness masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer (Thompson), Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film offers layers of dramatic detail for those who might be confused at points but teased to inquire further. – Francis X. Clines, New York Times, Feb 28, 2014

Fresh: [Sheridan] works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: By the end of the movie, whether or not you're a member of Sinn Fein, the Brits' brutality toward the Conlons will get your Irish up. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Miscarried justice often provides the vehicle for emotionally wrenching drama and histrionic fireworks, and such is the case in spades with In the Name of the Father. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Incredible, Outstanding performances as well as an amazing movie!

Bet on "In the Name of the Father": This action packed fact based movie is one to bet on. You get academy award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis slong side with Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite. This passionate action/drama takes you back in time to the 1974 bombing of a London pub by the IRA. Anyone who has ever been falsely accused or knows someone who was falsely accused will fall in love with the poetic justice and the conviction of the Guilford four.You are sure to be inspired, moved and touched by this guaranteed good time! Bet On It!

Fantastic, moving film

This is one of Daniel Day-Lewis's best films. He and Pete Postlethwaite, one of the most underated actors of all-time, are fantastic as a father and son falsely imprisoned for terrorists acts they had no part of. A very emotional, gripping film, this is DDL at his best.


Daniel Day- Lewis gives another riveting performance as an innocent man longing for freedom of himself and his father. Anyone who has ever been falsely accused of something, no matter what it is will feel for the characters in this film.

In the Name of the Father
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1993

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