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In the Name of the Father

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Great performances in electrifying true story of injustice.

Movie R 1993 133 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Tough watch for some great acting and a lot of injustice.

Daniel Day-Lewis is Daniel Day-Lewising once again. Leaving an indelible mark on a story that everyone should know far we as a society are willing to allow absurdities to go before acting up against them. Although the story about the Guildford Four is horrific, the Maguire Seven is just pure madness...locking up a 14 year old and a 17 year old for bomb making...absolutely absurd. Although the film possesses courtroom histrionics...Emma Thompson sells it, but mostly because we want to buy it. After everything that has happened you at least want to see the guilty parties get yelled at.
age 15+

Incredible movie! Must watch!

This is such an amazing movie. Cannot say anything negative about it as is so great. This is an inspiring true story. This movie shows the corruption of the government and how people whom have not done wrong but are still punished, fight for their freedom. Not suitable for young kids as the bad language, sex references, drug uses and violence. Daniel Day Lewis got nominated for an Oscar (which he should have won.) If you have not seen the movie then you must add to your watch-list.

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Director Jim Sheridan's film version of the true story of the Guildford Four is a little slow, but it still cooks up many electrifying moments, thanks largely to three fantastic performances. Co-written by Terry George, In the Name of the Father (1993) feels not unlike most other "based on a true story" movies in that it tries harder to nail down important details than it does in finding the emotional spaces between the details. It's also too long and a little too aware of its own importance. But the story it tells is a good one; the outrageous injustice committed against innocent people gets the blood boiling.

Day-Lewis, who had won an Oscar working with Sheridan before on My Left Foot, is astounding playing the not-very-likable Gerry, enormously selfish and quick to feel sorry for himself. The actor finds a genuine emotional core that makes him relatable. We're with him every step of the way. His scenes with Postlethwaite -- and there are thankfully quite a few of them -- are the best in the movie. Their troubled, touching relationship feels like it goes back years and is based in absolute truth. Thompson has a rather tacked-on role, but she rages in it. You can feel the fire in her belly. All three actors received Oscar nominations for their work, and the film received four other nominations, including one for Best Picture. (Look quick for Saffron Burrows and Tom Wilkinson in small, early roles.)

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