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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.
Based on a true story, this rousing and tough-minded film details British overzealousness in prosecuting an IRA bombing in the 1970s. Grabbing up a pair of small-time thieves (Daniel Day-Lewis and John Lynch) and their families, the government concocts a conspiracy case against them and tosses them all in jail. Until then, Day-Lewis has been a ne'er-do-well, an apolitical goof looking for a quick score. But confronted with the toughness of his own father (Pete Postlethwaite) in the face of British torture, he begins to realize just what the stakes are. In the Name of the Father is at times grueling and never less than compelling, with a complex performance by Day-Lewis and a strong one by Emma Thompson, as the lawyer who finally cracks through the British obstructions to the truth. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This has to be one of the best movies of all time. Daniel Day-Lewis should have won another oscar for his part, and the movie should have won as well!Published 19 months ago by Charles Smith
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce film, car à la fois on traite de 2 sujets, soit celle de la relation père-fils où l'angle de conflit de génération... Read morePublished on July 2 2013 by Christiane 122
My customer was very happy with the DVD. It arrived before it was actually scheduled to do so, so that was a bonus.Published on June 20 2013 by Geoff Tagg
Awesome flick based on true events and as always, Daniel Day Lewis' performance was amazing. A great story of how people can be wrongfully convicted in a system full of corrupt... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2013 by Risé
Good everything about this movie. Too bad it had to happen in the first place. Lives devastated for no reason. "The Troubles" are not yet over.Published on Feb. 21 2011 by B. Montgomery
Originally I bought this movie as part of a class I am taking called Northern Ireland Peace Process. The professor showed the video in class and I was so moved I bought it. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
This snapshot about the wounds suffered by the Irish due to the British is an interesting enough story, with consistent acting (Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thopmpson) and realistic,... Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by gonn1000
I love this movie. Daniel Day Lewis shines as Gerry Conlon but it is Pete Postlewaite whose devastating perfromance just breaks your heart. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
This film shows the great injustices done by the British government against Irish native Gerry Conlan, his father Guiseppe, and the entire Conlan family. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Patrick Collins