Running Time: 133 minutes
Directed By: Jim Sheridan
Written By: Gerry Conlon, Terry George
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite and Alison Crosbie
Movie Release Date: 25 Febraury, 1994
The real life tale of the Guildford Four, the wrongly accused people convicted for the Guildford Pub Bombings in 1974, is brought to millions worldwide with Jim Sheridan’s In The Name of the Father. A biographical adaptation film based on Gerry Conlon’s autobiography, the movie is a riveting watch from beginning to the end.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of Gerry Conlon, one of the 4 accused, the movie sees brilliant performances from its entire cast, including Emma Thompson as Gareth Peirce and Pete Postlethwaite as Giuseppe Conlon.
The plot revolves around the police arresting suspects immediately after the IRA bombings without even considering whether they’re guilty or not. Gerry Conlon and his friend Paul Hill (John Lynch) are arrested as prime suspects, and Gerry’s father Giuseppe Conlon arrives to assist his son in getting a lawyer. However, Giuseppe himself is then accused of being a part of the IRA network. The story takes an interesting turn when, after the police have buried proof that the accused are innocent, a lawyer named Gareth Pierce tries to dig out the truth and free Conlon. Emma Thompson has her job well done, especially with a court scene speech that she delivers. Two very important scenes in the movie are the display of the Belfast riots and the scene of Gerry’s prison window that evokes intense emotions in viewers.
Though the main theme of the movie is built around the bombings and the injustice that the accused had to face, more importance is given to the father-son relationship between the Conlons and their ultimate understanding of the other.