In the Name of the Father

In the Name of the Father
In the Name of the Father
  • R
  • 2h 12m
  • 1993
Certified Fresh94%
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Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama that mirrors one man's 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Oscar winner Emma Thompson co-stars in this gripping film the Los Angeles Times calls, "A politically charged 'Fugitive.'" In the Name of the Father tells the true saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife-torn '70s Belfast, Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying, much to the dismay of his quiet, frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA, his father sends him to England, where his antics land him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent, but forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the "Guildford Four." An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and jailed, and while behind bars, Gerry slowly learns that his father's seeming weakness masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer (Thompson), Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel

Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

June 25, 2017
New Yorker
Terrence Rafferty

The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Iri...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Great performances in electrifying true story of injustice.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that In the Name of the Father is a drama based on a true story about four Irishmen and women who were falsely arrested and blamed for bombing a pub. It suffers from the usual "based on a true story" shortcomings, but the performances more than make up for it. It contains some strong violence, notably a pub bombing, police beating a suspect, prison fights, a riot, a man set on fire, guns and shooting, and death. Language is very strong, with near-constant uses of "f--k" and "bastard," with many other words spoken as well. There's a scene of a man kissing a woman, and the woman falling onto a couch with the man. The main character appears naked (only his bottom shown) and in his underwear. And there are references to a hooker, and her "sex toys" (a whip and a vibrator) are shown. Characters frequently smoke cigarettes, and social drinking (beer in pubs) is shown. Characters drop acid, and there's a reference to "free love and dope."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 29, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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