In the Name of the Father
In the Name of the Father (1993)

True story of Irish youth wrongly convicted for IRA bombing in 1974 as he and his father are taken to prison and forgotten. Powerful drama details their fight to survive in prison and to reveal the truth of their innocence.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 29, 1993
DVD Release Date: July 7, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

The picture turns into a kind of stylized morality play about the right and the wrong ways for Irishmen to respond to distorted portraits of their character, and it's terrifically effective.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In the Name of the Father is a deeply stirring film that lessens the moral authority of the I.R.A., English soldiers in Ireland, the British police and the British government.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

In the Name of the Father is a model of this kind of engaged, enraged filmmaking, a politically charged Fugitive that uses one of the most celebrated cases of recent British history to steamroller an audience with the power of rousing, polemical cinema.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds.

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People Magazine

If Sheridan didn't feel the need to pile on the pedantic subtexts, this would be an absorbing personal drama, rather than a vituperative, question-begging broadside.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

This is a stirring and exceptionally well acted, though controversial, dramatisation of Gerry Conlon's book about the grave miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four.

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Kevin M. Williams
Over-the-top dramatics move this bit of populist fantasy about some Irish falsely imprisoned for bombing innocents in London. Once you accept that some… More
Alex roy
After the phenomenal picture, My Left Foot that garnered Daniel Day-Lewis a much deserved Academy Award, director Jim Sheridan and Lewis would collaborate again… More
Spencer S.
An explosive and powerful film, it makes you take notice, rooted to the edge of your chair as you watch the senseless prejudice and heartless feeling of the… More
Eric Shankle
"In the Name of the Father" is very disturbing but the emotional payoff is worth it. The relationship between the father and son is played out nicely;… More
Mike S
Superlative drama, about a group of Irishmen wrongfully imprisoned as terrorists in 1970's England. As is ever the case with him, Daniel Day-Lewis exhibits… More
Reid Volk
I dont need to say much, i'm a sucker for anything regarding the struggles of Northern Ireland and The Troubles. What makes this film particularly… More