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In the Name of the Father1993

In the Name of the Father (1993)



Critic Consensus: Impassioned and meticulously observed, In the Name of the Father mines rousing drama from a factual miscarriage of justice, aided by scorching performances and director Jim Sheridan's humanist focus.

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True story of Irish youth wrongly convicted for IRA bombing in 1974 as he and his father are taken to prison and forgotten. Powerful drama details their fight to survive in prison and to reveal the truth of their innocence.

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Daniel Day-Lewis
as Gerry Conlon
Pete Postlethwaite
as Giuseppe Conlon
Emma Thompson
as Gareth Pierce
Don Baker
as McAndrew
Joanna Irvine
as Ann Conlon
Beatie Edney
as Carole Richardson
Gerard McSorley
as Belfast Detective Pavis
Daniel Massey
as Prosecutor
John Benfield
as Chief PO Barker
Mark Sheppard
as Paddy Armstrong
Alison Crosbie
as Girl in Pub
Philip King
as Guildford Soldier
Nye Heron
as 1st IRA Man
Gary Hudson
as Nick Sharkey
Julian Walsh
as Soldier
Jo Connor
as Bin Lady
Karen Carlisle
as Female Rioter
Brenda Swanson
as Judy Miller
Seamus Moran
as 2nd Ira Man
Billy Byrne
as 3rd Ira Man
Mary Jane Nolan Kelly
as Girl with Baby
Laurence Griffin
as Boy in Riot
Jason Murtaugh
as Boy in Riot
Kelly McKeavney
as Young Girl
Fiona Daly
as IRA Woman
Joe McPartland
as Charlie Burke
Catherine Dunne
as Woman on Balcony
Stanley Townsend
as Hooker's Driver
Anna Meegan
as Granny Conlon
Tony Denham
as Detective
Marie Jones
as Sarah Conlon
Rob Spendlove
as Detective
Leah McCullagh
as Bridie Conlon
Philip Davis
as Detective
Saffron Burrows
as Girl in Commune
Martin Murphy
as Detective
Jamie Harris
as Deptford Jim
Richard Graham
as Detective
Oliver Maguire
as Detective
Ronan Wilmot
as Paddy Maguire
Rachel Dowling
as Policewoman
MacLean Burke
as Young Vincent Maguire
Joe Jeffers
as Young Patrick Maguire
Tina Kellegher
as Policewoman
Aidan Grennell
as Trial Judge
Bosco Hogan
as Defense Counsel
Sean Lawlor
as Remand Prison Officer
Aidan Grenell
as Trial Judge
Kenneth Edge
as Jury Foreman
Frank Harper
as Ronnie Smalls
Dave Duffy
as Prison Officer
Martin Dunne
as Prison Officer
Jer O'Leary
as Prisoner John O'Brien
Mal Whyte
as Cockney Prisoner
Paul Savage
as Prisoner
Malcolm Tierney
as Home Office Official
Paul Raynor
as New Chief Prison Officer
Darren McHugh
as Dixon's Son
Peter Campbell
as Government Official
Alan Barry
as Archivist Jenkins
Jonathan Ryan
as Scottish Governor
Liam O'Callaghan
as Archivist 2
Denys Hawthorne
as Appeal Judge
Tom Wilkinson
as Appeal Prosecutor
Lou Castel
as Salvatore
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Critic Reviews for In the Name of the Father

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (20)

Jim Sheridan tells his gripping tale with a fury that stokes up an audience the way early Costa Gavras movies used to do.

February 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema.

February 28, 2014 | Full Review…

At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.

February 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Name of the Father


Over-the-top dramatics move this bit of populist fantasy about some Irish falsely imprisoned for bombing innocents in London. Once you accept that some liberties were taken to sell the tale the thing is palatable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


An explosive and powerful film, it makes you take notice, rooted to the edge of your chair as you watch the senseless prejudice and heartless feeling of the British judiciary system while they imprison four innocent people. Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford Four, director Jim Sheridan winds through the real life events that landed a bunch of hippies in jail for murdering fifteen people at the height of the IRA's power in Ireland. This is a very strong and powerful film, because the cover-up was so huge and the misuse of power is so obvious. Not just the people prosecuted, but their family and friends, were put into prison, and that's what makes this such a nauseous film to watch. Much of what makes this heartbreaking are the great performances from the cast assembled. Daniel Day-Lewis is himself an enigma among actors, and he proves his method acting is tried and true in this role, coming off as a disenchanted young man with sincerity, but also a dogged and tired middle aged man at the offset of his sentence. Pete Postlethwaite as his father, wanting his freedom and yet remaining revered in the face of his sentencing, makes you tear up every time he holds out hope for the future. The supporting cast is also quite sincere with their performances, and the four imprisoned showed the deepest pain and regret as they are carted off to prison. The only performance that seemed off was Emma Thompson, who plays Conlon's lawyer. Though she remains restrained throughout most of the film, she ends up seeming earnestly aghast as an outsider, when she should be more composed and triumphant at the end of the film. Though some minor facts were changed, most of what remains true and gut wrenching is in this film, and it makes you sad to think it's not false.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Superlative drama, about a group of Irishmen wrongfully imprisoned as terrorists in 1970's England. As is ever the case with him, Daniel Day-Lewis exhibits a tour-de-force performance, that leaves one genuinely gripped. Joined by esteemed thespians like Emma Thompson and the late Pete Postlethwaite, there is excellent acting to be found within the supporting cast as well. Sort of like an Irish version of The Shawshank Redemption and almost as powerful. Certainly not to be missed!

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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