In the Name of the Father

Synopsis: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Jim Sheridan
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 33 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
133 min

Come to me

Come lie beside me

And don't deny me your love

Make sense of me

Walk through my doorway

Don't hide in the hallway

oh, love

Step over

I'll follow you down

In the name of whisky

In the name of song

You didn't look back

You didn't belong

In the name of reason

In the name of hope

In the name of religion

In the name of dope

In the name of freedom

You drifted away

To see the sun shining

On someone else's day

In the name of United

And the BBC

In the name of Georgie Best


In the name of the Father

And His wife, the Spirit

You said you did not

They said you did

In the name ofjustice

In the name of fun

In the name of the Father

In the name of the Son

Call to me

No one is listening

I'm waiting to hear from you, love

Hello, hello.

Good. I never said "thank you"'

for taking up our case.

Never thought I'd trust

an English person again...

especially a lawyer.

Anyhow, I'll be as accurate as I can

with names, dates and places...

anything that might help

in our defence.

To explain howl happened

to be in England in 1974...

at the time of the bombing...

I'd better take you back

to Northern Ireland, where I come from.

Belfast in the early '70s was chaos.

It was strange to see

soldiers on the street...

all of them terrified

of the civilian population...

any one of whom could be

an IRA gunman.

I was just a petty thief...

stealing scrap metal.

In Belfast, that was

a dangerous occupation.

Get down, Gerry,

for f***'s sake.


The IRA had already

given me three warnings...

and when a British patrol mistook me for

a gunman, that got me into real trouble.

Is he trying to f***ing shoot us?

There's a sniper! He's up there!

I can't get a bead on him.

Shoot him

before he f***ing kills us!

F***ing bastards!

All right, hurry up

and tell Mr Kelly, love.

Two suspects proceeding

back west...

Mr Kelly!


We have to move the guns.

You go and move the gear.

Right. Everyone out now!

Come on!

Get out of the f***ing way.

The Brits is after us!

The Brits is after us!

The Brits are after us!

- In here, in here!

- Gerry!

Come on, come on.

This way, lads.

Go! Go! Go, go!

Go on, Gerry!

Looks like they're

coming out of everywhere.

They're right in front of us, boys.

- Who is it?

- It's Conlon.

Grab him!

It's your brother!

Your brother Gerry!

Oh, my God!

F***ing English bastards!

They've started a riot

to cover the sniper.

If we can isolate him,

we can grab him.

Let's go, lads.

Let's go, let's go!

Move it!

Get that child out of here now!

Move that child!

Shoot that f***ing gas now!

Come and f***ing get us now,

you bastards!

Let him go, you bastards!

F***ing b*tch!

You okay?

- I got a friend wants to talk to you.

- Oh, f***'s sake.

Hey, come on. We can do this

the easy way or the hard way, all right?

Let's be smart.

Come on.

They're taking

your brother away!

Where are you going now?

- We weren't robbing no houses.

- Don't f*** with me.

Suddenly you're a good boy?

- Have you been robbing houses again?

- We weren't robbing houses.

Search him.

Did you get away all right?

- Aye.

- Who was it?

- It was those two.

- Those two?

- That isn't mine. It isn't.

- Peter?

Shoot the bastards!

They're always robbing our houses!

F*** you!

Daddy, Daddy,

the IRA has our Gerry.

Go on, showme.

Yo, give him that.

Right, Tommo, lad.

Tommo, get their trousers down.

I f***ing warned you, Danny.

- Peter, we didn't do nothing, honestly.

- Give you a break?

What's she saying?

What are we supposed to have done?

This is what I'm gonna give you.

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Terry George

Terence George (born 20 December 1952) is an Irish screenwriter and director. Much of his film work (e.g. The Boxer, Some Mother's Son, and In the Name of the Father) involves "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. He was nominated for two Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1993; In the Name of the Father), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004; Hotel Rwanda). On 26 February 2012, he received an Oscar in the live action short film category for The Shore. more…

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