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An enraging film that will inspire indignation!
In the Name of the Father (1993) is Jim Sheridan's Irish historical about The Troubles in Ireland and the enduring pain suffered by her people.
Jim Sheridan's direction is stellar steady work that lets actors breathe and perform moving masterclasses in emotionally nuanced acting. Sheridan brings historical accuracy and information to his picture with the story stemming from Gerry Conlon's life experiences during The Troubles and his imprisonment. Sheridan tackles the chaotic violence of The Troubles as well as the emotionally distressing aspects. In the Name of the Father is a brilliant and scathing critique of the justice system and how deeply flawed police work can be. Torture is endured and life sentences carried out for an innocent man. These cannot be continued for there to be any justice in this world. In the Name of the Father feels so important and relevant as more cases of innocent people being exonerated happen all the time.
Daniel Day-Lewis is a revelation as Gerry Conlon. His Irish accent is thick and impressive. He sounds naturally Irish within In the Name of the Father. His deeply passionate testimonial to a man horrendously wronged by the English courts and law is moving. Day-Lewis captures a man at his wit's end with no hope for tomorrow. His silly start in the movie changes into a more and more nuanced approach to a man marred by misfortune. In the Name of the Father is one of Daniel Day-Lewis' finest performances and perseveres as one of his most important.
Pete Postlethwaite is incredible as Gerry Conlon's sickly and meek father Giuseppe Conlon. His principles are stalwart and his touching rapport with Day-Lewis really make the film special. His tender hand to his son is affecting as is his devotion to his faith. He stands as the moral figure of the film, who just wanted to relate his feelings to his son. It's a beautiful sentiment that Postlethwaite invokes perfectly.
Emma Thompson is endearing and serious as the Conlons' lawyer. Her dedication to the case and justice are self-evident. Thompson brings a passion to the courtroom scenes and an empathy to the anguish these men have faced. She is particularly great at speaking their pain into words.
Then, Corin Redgrave is aptly cast as Dixon, the head of the investigation into Conlon's case. His corrupt nature and lack of remorse is displayed on Redgrave's serious face. You just hate his character, but he plays it so subtly.
Trevor Jones came up with a riveting score of intense symphonic passages for the drama and frightening atmospheric rock elements to the violent imagery.
In all, In the Name of the Father is a significant historical drama depicting a notable miscarriage of justice. I am glad for Gerry Conlon in the end, though his life was surely changed forever.
Rewatched this movie recently and was moved to tears by the end of it. Set in the 70s this massive miscarriage of justice made me sick to stomach and brought back stories I remember reading about as a your teenager.
The role of Gerry Conlon is superbly played by Daniel Day Lewis who is absolutely emotive in the movie. Pete Postelwhaite and a young Emma Thompson are also worthy of a mention in this movie about the Guildford 4.
Although they were vindicated in the end along with the Birmingham 6. They still lost 15 years of their lives and Guiseppe Conlon would never see justice. Also, Gerry had major difficulties readjusting to live outside jail and significant mental health which caused addiction issues caused by his incarceration.
A great movie that tells this awful story and allows us to see that it was not that long ago that high ranking people in the British justice system were willing to use desperate tactics and ruin lives to score PR wins. In the end, there was justice as no one was brought to answer for this treatment of innocent civilians.
A big Thank You to everyone associated with this film.
It reminds the world how cruelly the british treated everyone in their colonies of british empire all around the world. Their legal system was just a facade to legally carry out atrocities in the name of justice.
While has the 90s Oscar Cliches, In The Name of The Father manages to be captivating by performance especially Daniel Day-Lewis
Superb retelling of the story of the Guilford 4, Day Lewis is outstanding. Told at a good pace. Really enjoyed the film. Sad and shameful events.
Puntaje Original: 7.5
Moralmente compleja, con una poderosa historia y una desorbitante actuación de Danel Day-Lewis.
NIce different performance from Day-Lewis. Very solid all the way around.
hold my hand..
In The Name Of The Father
It's strength is of course a great cast especially Daniel Day Lewis who puts his heart into it and it was worth it since the movie offers some chilling moment and definitely has a gripping plot but it falls into bits and pieces once in a while.
Yeah, I cried. But I cry at a lot
Fantastic film - inspiring story and performance from Daniel Day Lewis who is at his best in this true drama.