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In the Name of the Father

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Original title
In the Name of the Father
Running time
135 min.
Ireland Ireland
Terry George, Jim Sheridan. Novel: Gerry Conlon
Trevor Jones. Songs: Bono, Gavin Friday
Peter Biziou
Co-production Ireland-United Kingdom;
Universal Pictures, Hell's Kitchen Films
Drama | Based On A True Story. Terrorism. IRA. Prison Drama. Courtroom Drama / Lawyers. 1970s. Biography
Based on Gerry Conlon's autobiography, 'Proved Innocent', Jim Sheridan's 'In the Name of the Father' tells the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned in 1974 for the bombing of a London pub. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Conlon, a young Irish petty thief living in London who gets picked up after he and a friend, Paul Hill (John Lynch), rob a hooker's apartment. The British police, desperate to produce results in their search for the culprits in the pub bombing, force a false confession out of Conlon after subjecting him to days of sadistic torture and threats. The Guildford Four--Conlon, Hill, Paddy Armstrong (Mark Sheppard), and Carole Richardson (Beatie Edney)--are found guilty of the bombing, and members of Conlon's family, including his sickly father, Guiseppe, are imprisoned as co-conspirators. Conlon's desire to bring the truth to light builds as his harrowing incarceration in a maximum security prison stretches on.
Rankings Position
1993: Academy Awards: 7 Nominations, including Best Movie, Director and Actor (Lewis)
1993: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations: Movie Drama, OST, Actor Drama, Supporting Actress
1993: 2 Nominations for BAFTA: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Adapted Screenplay
1993: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
1993: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Day-Lewis)
1993: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
1993: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film. 2 Nominations
1993: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1993: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1994: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear
1994: European Film Awards: Best Film
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