In the Name of the Father


In the Name of the Father

Critics 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.


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 (17) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (3)

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

    Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

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

Audience Reviews for In the Name of the Father

  • May 22, 2016
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    After the phenomenal picture, My Left Foot that garnered Daniel Day-Lewis a much deserved Academy Award, director Jim Sheridan and Lewis would collaborate again on In the Name of the Father. This is yet again a powerful engaging true story of Gerry Conlon, a man falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings orchestrated by the IRA. Sheridan assembles a phenomenal cast here, and each brings something unique to the screen. Daniel Day-Lewis is phenomenal in his performance and he is always captivating to watch in his roles because he is a perfectionist and a true artist of his craft, and he becomes the character he portrays. This is a well constructed drama that is highly entertaining from start to finish. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers yet again with this film, and like I said, he is a dedicated actor who always gives his all in a performance. The story is terrific and is based on true events, which makes for some of the best stories to tell on film. I really enjoyed the film, and when real life stories are adapted to the screen, they make for much more compelling movies. With a great cast of talented actors, effective directing and an engrossing plot, In the Name of the Father is a stellar film that should appeal to any viewer looking for a truly memorable film to watch. This is filmmaking at its very best and is a brilliant film that really can spark an interest in the subject it displays. The Strength of the film lies in its cast and plot, both are wonderful, and will surely interest the most demanding filmgoer. In terms of a great story, In the Name of the Father is terrific and as a whole, I felt it was a flawless film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2012
    "In the Name of the Father" is very disturbing but the emotional payoff is worth it. The relationship between the father and son is played out nicely; the scenes with them together are the best parts of the film. Everything else from the acting to pacing is superb. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors of all time; this film supports that statement. It's an unbelievable true story that shouldn't be missed.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    Daniel Day-Lewis is brilliant! Pete Postlethwaite is an absolute genius! This movie is heartbreaking and beautiful. This should be on everyone's, must watch list.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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