Young Belfastian Gerry Conlon admits that he was in London at the time of the incident. He also admits that he is not a model citizen, having committed a petty robbery while in London. He does however profess his innocence when it comes to the bombing of the Guildford Pub in London in 1974, the event which killed several people inside. A self-professed non-political person, he and his three co-accused, dubbed the Guildford Four, are thought to be provisional members of the IRA. Their self-professed innocence is despite each having signed a statement of guilt which they claim were signed under duress. Their case includes having provable alibis for the time frame of the bombing. And eventually, Joe McAndrew, a known IRA member, admits to the bombing. Dubbed the Maguire Seven, seven others, primarily members of Gerry's extended family including his father Giuseppe, are accused of being accessories to the bombing. Following on the work initiated by Giuseppe, Gerry works on a campaign to ...Written by
In preparation for his role, Daniel Day-Lewis lost 30 pounds and spent nights in the jail cell on the set as crew members threw water and verbal abuse at him. See more »
When Gerry arrives in London in 1974, an early-1980s Ford Transit van and Ford Fiesta are visible. See more »
I'll be older than you when I get out of this place. If I get out. Are you listening to me?
I'm not talking to you.
Now who's being childish?
I've not heard a sensible word out of you in two weeks. That stuff will kill you.
[talking about drugs]
Sure I'm dead anyway. Look I'm sorry. I'll not take it again as long as you live. Are you happy now?
I don't want you to take it whether I live or die.
Oh, give me strength. Ok, I'll do nothing to annoy you in your grave. Now are you happy?
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Written and Produced by Nicky Chinn (as Nicky Chinn) and Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman) for Chinnichap
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
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The movie is based on a true story. Belfast guy Gerry Conlon is suspected of being one of the IRA terrorists responsible for a bomb in Guilford, London, in 1974, which killed several people. He spends 15 years in jail, fighting for his innocence and for truth.
After working with Daniel Day Lewis in "My left foot", director Jim Sheridan teams again with the actor for this drama. The strong cast is completed by Emma Thomson and Pete Postlewaite. The result is a brilliant, passionate feature which tells about injustice. It's a disquieting film.
This is doubtless the most achieved collaboration between the director and the main star. The other pictures as well are very good, but here we have a film of accusation -the story is more involving. Day Lewis performance in "My left foot" was awarded with an Oscar, but the actor could have been given the same prize for his play of Gerry Conlon.
Strong screenplay, actors and soundtrack -with music of Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer and songs of Irish stars Bono and Sinead O'Connor.
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