In the Name of the Father
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (15)
D: Jim Sheridan
Universal/Hell's Kitchen (Jim Sheridan)
W: Jim Sheridan & Terry George [based in the autobiography "Proved Innocent" by Gerry Conlon]
DP: Peter Biziou
Ed: Gerry Hambling
Mus: Trevor Jones
PD: Caroline Amies
Cos: Joan Bergin
Daniel Day-Lewis (Gerald Conlon), Pete Postlethwaite (Giuseppe Conlon), Emma Thompson (Gareth Pierce), John Lynch (Paul Hill), Joanna Irvine (Ann Conlon), Corin Redgrave (Robert Dixon), Britta Smith (Anne Maguire)
Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon and the Guildford Four, framed by police who desperately needed a scapegoat for an IRA pub bombing in the Surrey town in 1974. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Gerry Conlon and his father Giuseppe fight to clear their names, and even when the real guilty men are found, police still keep the evidence to acquit them a secret, while the Ulstermen's solicitor Gareth Pierce continues to dig for answers.
The trio of performances from Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite and Emma Thompson are all fantastic and director Jim Sheridan presents a harsh and realistic portrayal of a life behind bars, police brutality and corruption. Thoroughly recommended.