In The Name Of The Father details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Pete Postlethwaite, Anthony Brophy, Frankie McCafferty, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Peter Postlethwaite, Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Massey|
In The Name Of The Father
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Jan 2008|
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I'm a free man, and I'm going out the front door.By JediSi (301 reviews) from Kent , 02 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]'In The Name of the Father' is an impeccable film that will leave its mark in any sensible viewer.
The film recreates a true historical event that was a sad example of extreme injustice and political double standards.
The movie shows, with tons of eloquence, how the powers of government institutions are often used to manipulate the truth. Themes like physical and psychological cruelty, distortion of reality, mind and spiritual growth, human redemption, and family love at its highest level, are treated with brilliance by Jim Sheridan whose wonderful direction allows the viewer to emotionally relate to every aspect of the story.
The performances of Pete Postlehwaite and Daniel Day Lewis, as father and son and victims of a terrible misstep of the administration of justice, are astonishing. The scenes between these two actors are incredibly powerful and truly heartbreaking. Emma Thompson also gives a great performance as Gareth Peirce, the lawyer who represented the long awaited arrival of the truth after years of harm and legal blindness.
'In The Name of the Father' is a great piece of film-making.
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Worth watchingBy Nobuff (3 reviews) from Oxford , 11 Feb 2011This a very gritty British film, but it's grittiness cannot disguise occasional hints of Hollywood romanticism. Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite are perfectly cast and play the central father and son characters with a degree of suitable normality and tangeable familial tension. Emma Thompson is very disappointing - a little hysterical, whingy and mumsy, whilst trying to play a gritty hard-edged solicitor. As all the reviews say, the courtroom scenes are all wrong - English actors but an American legal style. The melodrama clashes with the nuanced performances of Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite.
Also, there's no sense of time or, at least, any sense of time is lost. Bearing in mind how long these people suffered under a miscarriage of justice, a sense of the sheer length of that imprisonment would have added to the film and cut through the melodrama. Definitely worth watching, though, as an idealised account of a terrible piece of British legal corruption.
Fantastic filmBy xanadu (46 reviews) from London , 06 Dec 2010Absolutley amazing film.I was stunned by this. The acting and direction was superb.Funnily enough I didn't watch it until recently because I didn't think I would like it,I couldn't have been more wrong.As true stories go,this is in a class of its own.
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In the name of the fatherBy a customer from Manchester , 02 Aug 2010Brilliant film, would recommend. Have watched it several times over the years. Brilliant acting and great story. Daniel Day- Lewis is great in this film as is Emma Thompson.
4 stars from meBy a customer from UK , 01 Aug 2010DDL delivers a great performance yet again. To a non-british person it is always difficult to decipher the basis for the discontent in N.Ireland and although it is stupid to learn history through cinema at least it is a beginning for the ignorant!
A really gripping drama.
Probably the best film I have seenBy a customer from Edinburgh , 26 Mar 2010This film is about as historically acurate as Braveheart but much like Braveheart captures the emotions of the viewer and takes you along for the ride. The miscarriage of justice and the tradgic events that unfold will have the stoniest of eyes flooding with tears. The acting and casting is beyond equal and I would urge anyone to watch this film. If your not in tears throughout then the ending will get you! If you are a fan of good acting, court room dramas, political dramas, comedy, music, cinema and film then this is the film to watch