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In the Name of the Father

In the Name of the Father

1993
Drama, Biography
2h 13m
Nominated for seven Oscars in 1993, this biopic features the dramatic prowess of Daniel Day-Lewis as the Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people. As if a forced confession weren't enough injustice, the police work to implicate Conlon's father (Pete Postlethwaite) in the same crime. Emma Thompson plays the lawyer who worked for years to uncover the truth.
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In the Name of the Father

1993
Drama, Biography
2h 13m
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Rated 11 Apr 2008
88
87th
In The Name Of The Father is a fantastic film, that grips you unlike most films do. Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite are absolutely stellar in this. As far as the story goes, it is really heartbreaking. The fact that it is based on truth is just incredible and yet disturbing to think about and that fact truly increases the films emotional level and brings out the sensitive side of you instantaneously. Definitely worth a look.
Rated 28 Nov 2007
8
82nd
Brilliant film based on true events (sadly) that never lets up. Day-Lewis got robbed of the Oscar from a role that he turned down (Philadelphia).
Rated 13 Jul 2009
85
94th
Incredible and unbelievable true story. Luckily those people did not get the death penalty but 15 years in prison is bad enough. Death penalty should be forbidden in every country. There are always innocent people in jale.
Rated 17 Mar 2009
94
85th
In The Name Of The Father is a proficient and solemnly satisfactory Irish film that truly shines like no other, and its elevated to an advanced rank of masterpiece by the supremely superior and notable standout breakthrough performances from Day-Lewis and Thompson. Also contributes and concentrates around certain facts. Dominating and astounding movie from Jim Sheridan.
Rated 02 May 2009
10
97th
Sheridan, possibly the finest storyteller at the moment, thankfully avoids feeding the audience a load of bull. DDL gives a great performance, bottling his anger to protect his family, carrying the film until its gratifying finale. Now that I think of it, "Hunger" feels like a complete rip-off of this film!
Rated 07 Aug 2012
60
50th
Sheridan's direction is too often heavy-handed, a shame because the story is more than strong enough to carry its own weight. Similarly in need of being dialed back a bit is Daniel Day-Lewis' performance which is both impressive, heavily mannered and in some scenes indulgent (that could have easily been remedied in the editing room). Pete Postlethwaite anchors the film.
Rated 19 May 2019
70
80th
Film boyunca IRA'ya terörist, masumların katili demekten vazgeçseydi farklı şeyler söylerdim. Daha cesur, daha sol görüşlüsü için bknz Hunger
Rated 27 Apr 2007
80
68th
Day-Lewis is great
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
97th
One of the best movies I've ever seen, and it's based on a true story. A gripping account of the injustice served upon an Irish family when they are falsely accused of the Guilford pub bombing. One of the few movies I've watched multiple times. Danial Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite head up a stellar cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
54th
Diddles around with the facts, but it's still hard to deny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
Powerful Irish drama with superb peformances from Daniel Day Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite. Well directed by Jim Sheridan, who took a very strange career turn in 2005 with GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
100
85th
Brilliant portrayal by Day Lewis. Never let the english tell you this is fabricated. Shows the worst side of their so called perfect legal system
Rated 07 Feb 2008
74
68th
Fantastic acting from Day-Lewis makes this a good movie, but the other aspects keep it from being amazing. Emma Thompson's character almost seems like an afterthought, even though she should be a bit more prominent. Bono's soundtrack also bothered me through most of the movie. While it's not perfect, definitely see this movie. See it for Day-Lewis' performace, see it for Postlethwaite, and see it to learn about Conlon and his story.
Rated 26 May 2008
83
67th
This is clearly an excellent movie. Daniel Day-Lewis may just be the best actor of the last 25 years, and though this is nowhere near his best performance, his talent shines through at the highest level. Really well done in most technical respects and a very engaging plot, In the Name of the Father is simply a great movie all around.
Rated 27 Dec 2009
8
80th
The fact that this is based on a true story is highly disturbing and Jim Sheridan's storytelling abilities ironically bring justice to the source material. I was emotionally involved that I felt powerless to a movie released 16 years ago. Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite performances especially added to the excellence.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
78
38th
Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite are fantastic here. Day-Lewis is young, charismatic and angry, while Postlethwaite provides a bumbling dignity as a principled man who's hope and faith appear at first glance unsuited to surviving the crossfire the pair find themselves. The film follows Gerry's course from self-destructive fury to salvation but is let down by a poorly paced middle third and slightly simple moralising, failing to truly examine the magnitude of the injustice.
Rated 19 Jun 2011
77
60th
This film apparently takes numerous liberties with the truth and some of them are real whoppers. However, it would appear that most of them are for purely dramatic reasons and don't affect the general "truthiness" of the story. And it's a compelling story of gross injustice, with strong performances by Postlethwaite and Day-Lewis. I didn't have the emotional response that I think the film was driving at but I was quite engaged throughout. Nothing too special, but a pretty good watch.
Rated 10 Sep 2012
89
93rd
Very gripping, engaging, disturbing, emotional movie. Very good performances, and just unbelievable that this was based on real stuff. You know its good when the movie opens with Jimi Hendrix music (ignoring the Bono opening theme + other Bono songs though)
Rated 30 Dec 2013
74
90th
Fantastic both as a courtroom and procedural fight against injustice, and as a story of personal growth. What's truly outstanding, beyond the bravado performances delivered by DDL and Postlethwaite, is how it conveys the Gerry's emotional states, from the joy of youth, to the terror of imprisonment, to the hardened satisfaction of being found innocence.
Rated 27 Feb 2014
82
85th
3 ?!??!! CHEMMINKIA VUOL DIRE? QUI DIAMO PROPRIO I NUMERI!!
Rated 05 Oct 2021
8
93rd
Crazy Irish political strife/familial drama/prison movie, top notch acting from Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite, tons of memorable scenes, some shocking stuff and emotional highs, bittersweet, great music picks, real good biopic. Lmao at the one mini review below that’s just “Emma Thompson is a great actor” in a movie she’s in for like 15 minutes where DDL acting his heart out for 2 hours. This dude eats at a 5 star restaurant and is like “my soda was good”
Rated 02 Jan 2007
75
54th
Em nome do pai tinha sua première há 30 anos na Irlanda. Vi esse filme diversas vezes durante os anos 90, me ajudou a moldar minha personalidade anarquista em ascensão, mas revendo hoje pude notar as diversas manipulações cinematográficas com a história do Gerry Collon, o que acaba comprometendo o filme de modo geral. De qualquer forma quem carrega o filme nas costas é o Day Lewis como sempre, poderia ter ganho o Oscar naquele ano também se não fosse a questão sócio política envolvendo a premia
Rated 06 Jan 2007
100
0th
This is the film that made me become an actor. I had started doing theatre and was unsure of my path until I was given this film to watch. A masterpiece by Jim Sheridan and an amazing performance by the great Daniel Day-Lewis that will fuel any true actor.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
75
50th
It would seem like the film takes some, ahem, creative liberties with regards to the factual data verificationalizability of the truthness of the situation accuracy, but as I recall the film itself is still quite effective.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Good film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
91st
Love! Just -- love, love, love. It's an incredible story all on it's own; add Daniel Day-Lewis and an incredibly touching Pete Posthelwaite into the mix and you just can't go wrong. Seen it half a dozen times and both the ending and the bit with the fire-lit papers dropping out of the jail cells still gets me teary-eyed. Every. Time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Deeply moving.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
85
86th
Very Good
Rated 31 Aug 2007
35
31st
A better movie, possibly, than how low I ranked it, but this movie has almost zero re-watch-ability.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
91
94th
Daniel Day-Lewis puts on a great performance. If anything, see it just for that.
Rated 23 Mar 2008
96
91st
A truly moving experience.
Rated 14 Jul 2008
70
55th
While I did like In the Name of the Father, I felt it was overly long and wasn't blown away with Daniel Day-Lewis like I usually am. This is my favorite Emma Thompson performance, however.
Rated 30 Nov 2008
70
28th
Good. But Day-Lewis gets on my nerves. As ever.
Rated 28 Dec 2008
72
70th
A great portrait of a true and tough true story.
Rated 31 Oct 2009
80
87th
emma thompson is a great actor.
Rated 25 Nov 2009
60
54th
I remember very little of this so I'll only say it was decent. I should probably rewatch it to clarify.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
80
78th
A gripping film that tells the fascinating story of a massive miscarriage of justice, without being too hung up historical accuracy. Playing fast a loose with the facts definitely detracts from the overall experience, but it is a compelling and enjoyable watch nonetheless. Postlethwaite is good, but Day-Lewis is amazing.
Rated 23 Jun 2010
73
83rd
Good Movie
Rated 26 Jul 2010
70
57th
An overall solid and well-acted film with a great, moving ending.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
80
80th
As with so many other "based on real events" movies, this is rock solid with great performances from everyone aboard, but also so faithful to the real life proceedings, that it ends up being the "greatest hits". Important stuff, no doubt, but if it was a choice I'd watch the documentary.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
74
93rd
#90s#, reviews, story, (DD-Lewis, Emma T)
Rated 24 Oct 2010
5
80th
Preys on emotions a little too readily, but if anything deserves to, it's this.
Rated 18 Apr 2011
3
68th
Any movie with D.D.Lewis is great and this isn't an exception. Let aside well chosen cast and script, nothing else stands out thus almost it's made by the book without mistakes.
Rated 26 Oct 2011
89
89th
89.250
Rated 04 Dec 2011
82
95th
Strong acting carries this film, even through some of the slower parts.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
81
88th
hapishane, adalet, suç, terör, ira, irlanda, hirsiz, hippi (gerry cannon irlandali bir genctir. bir iste dikis tutturamamistir. adada bir hirsizlik yapmaktadir. Babasi onu is bulmasi icin londraya gönderir. Gerry, londra da hippilere katilir. Fakat kendisini bir bombalama olayinin suclusu olarak bulur. ) iyi bir film süre biraz uzun gibi ama film pek bunaltmiyor. Adalet sistemini elestiriyor ve arkadas seciminin degerine...
Rated 12 Mar 2012
80
88th
A heavy, heartbreaking movie, plus it's very long/often slow, but this true story must be told! And what a job they did telling it. Day-Lewis is brilliant and Postlethwaite not too bad. Loved the 'hippy'-bit and was surprised when the real Drama began... pffff drama is an understatement. Anyway, go see it!
Rated 01 Jun 2012
85
63rd
Uhyre sterkt skuespill, og en meget interessant historie som river deg med.
Rated 11 Jul 2012
85
61st
Engrossing story that has both high and low notes, with exceptional performances from Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite, this movie will make you feel both sadness and triumph.
Rated 23 Jul 2012
9
81st
A really intense drama -- it's been a while since a movie has made me feel as simultaneously anguished, enraged, and depressed as this one did. Gerry's story was crying out to be told and I'm glad it got such amazing service.
Rated 26 Jul 2012
60
31st
This is one of those situations where it's definitely a very good movie, but not much of a fun experience for me. Quality only goes so far for me, when everything is so reserved. If my score seems less-than-deserved, it's just because I want criticker to recommend crazy or weird movies to me, more than realistic dramatic movies.
Rated 20 Sep 2012
70
48th
I remember this as being a pretty decent affair.
Rated 18 Dec 2012
85
76th
Great, great, great film. Not something you could watch again and again but on the first viewing it will certainly blow you away. Everything about this film is of the highest caliber. While the triteness that comes from being a true story is still their, its pure quality outshines its weaknesses enough to make this film an easy recommendation to absolutely anyone.
Rated 21 Dec 2012
55
34th
I didn't really like this film. It seems to have a lot of critical praise, but I didn't see what was so great. I think Day-Lewis is a great actor, but here he was just melodramatic, along with Thompson. Thankfully, Postlethwaite was much more grounded. My main problem with the film was that I just didn't like the main character. We're obviously meant to feel sorry for him, but he was just such an idiot that I didn't care. The true story aspect kept me watching, but I didn't enjoy a lot of it.
Rated 18 Mar 2013
88
90th
Touching true story, great directing and sublime performances by Day-Lewis and Postlethwaite.
Rated 22 Jul 2013
81
64th
Compelling, emotional, pulling on the heartstrings of humanity! It's almost difficult to watch such cruelty these characters are forced to endure at the hands of such disgustingly corrupt cops, and harder still to know that this story actually happened.
Rated 23 Jul 2013
81
44th
The film is blessed with marvellous performances, the king of which comes from Day-Lewis of course, and it has a handful of powerful moments that'll stay with you. Between these moments it gets a little dry, but that's really my only criticism.
Rated 22 Oct 2013
88
95th
87.500
Rated 09 Dec 2013
80
88th
With a very good score, fine acting from Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite and especially Daniel Day-Lewis and a strong script, "In The Name Of The Father" is a very moving, thought-provoking film.
Rated 18 Jan 2014
4
91st
A very slick drama and the most realistic depiction of a British courtroom on film.
Rated 24 Jan 2014
80
83rd
It's always a joy to see Pete Posthlethwaite. Daniel Day-Lewis is intense. I also liked Emma Thompson in this. The sad true story about am entire family convicted of crimes that none of them committed, and it took 15 years to set it right. Damn those filthy lying corrupt British cops and prosecutors who got away with their heinous crimes. This movie highlights the mentalities involved in the Irish uprising. I have to wonder why it took so long to find justice?
Rated 24 Apr 2014
8
86th
As a fatherless son, it was impossible not to go into this and avoid holding back tears for an hour and a half. As a human being, Gerry Conlon's story is nothing short of captivating. Try not to fall in love with DDL in this, I dare you.
Rated 09 Jul 2014
90
89th
Unusually well-made for a Jim Sheridan movie. For once I didn't feel like I had to put up with his clunky direction and script while I was enjoying the amazing acting. Hugely compelling, energetic, fascinating and sympathetic. Though it has its problems (the bad guys are never real, just sneering villains, the final court scene is very Hollywood, and some sequences are very clumsily chopped down for time) they didn't really bother me too much in the end.
Rated 06 Sep 2014
60
54th
He's cute while he's a hippie, but the film doesn't have much to offer.
Rated 16 Aug 2015
75
88th
2. Danny Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite are amazing. Very much an actors' film. Good stuff.
Rated 30 Sep 2015
63
78th
a good film which captures the depressing reality that far too often when bad men do bad things the authorities, keen to be seen to get a result, will put absolutely anyone away for it - innocent or not. A real scandal of British justice. A powerful performance from Day-Lewis with decent support from Postlethwaite
Rated 03 Feb 2016
40
38th
Good, if you're into courtrooms and prisons. Another fact-based issue drama. Not wildly entertaining, and certainly not one of the best films I've ever seen (so says imdb), but you could do worse. Still, it's so old fashioned and earnest that I wouldn't recommend it. Also, a lot of the Irish accents were difficult to understand. I missed about a quarter of the dialogue. It was a relief once the bad English guys got a chance in court to enunciate.
Rated 29 Dec 2016
95
83rd
Daniel Day-Lewis is always a delight and the same can be said for Pete Postlethwaite. Anyone interested in injustices, particularly those taking place in Ireland and England during the 1970's, will find something to like here.
Rated 31 Jan 2018
72
63rd
Very strong acting performances drive the telling of an important story in Irish history.
Rated 20 May 2018
86
93rd
20.05.2018, Istanbul
Rated 08 Jun 2018
75
86th
in the name of the father is a very subtle, no nonsense 90s drama which retains its palatable status despite being heavily political. its strength. however doesn't come from its great performances or masterful directing, it comes from the veracity of the story and its sheer madness. back from a time directors bothered to make movies that matter, this movie is a gem, albeit a heartbreaking one.
Rated 19 Jan 2020
80
80th
Gerry Conlon: "I'm a free man, and I'm going out the front door."
Rated 29 Mar 2020
83
83rd
82.5
Rated 05 Jun 2020
85
77th
exerlent film
Rated 21 Apr 2021
80
68th
Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Conlon's autobiography, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Conlon, Pete Postlethwaite as his dad and Emma Thompson as the tenacious British lawyer who cleared them. It's a long and unwieldy film that frequently loses focus, but is always compelling because of the performances of these three magnificent actors and the importance of the film's central message. When you tilt the balance of power too far and give police nearly unlimited powers, wild injustices happen.
Rated 15 May 2021
85
80th
Thought these types of interrogation methods and imprisonment were happening only in the Soviet Bloc. Well obviously I was wrong...
Rated 22 Jan 2022
83
77th
What a powerful movie. Day-Lewis is obviously amazing, and Postlethwaite is such a good actor to play his father. It has some very intense and emotion-provoking scenes, like the interrogation scenes and the final verdict. I don't know much about the original story, so I can't know how well they stuck to the real events.
Rated 23 Aug 2023
84
75th
audiovisual 78 acting 90 overall feeling 82 avg 84

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