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In the Name of the Father

Promotional film poster
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Produced by Jim Sheridan
Gabriel Byrne (executive producer)
Written by Jim Sheridan
Terry George
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
Pete Postlethwaite
Emma Thompson
Music by Bono, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, Gavin Friday, Jimi Hendrix, Mildred J. Hill, Patty S. Hill, Trevor Jones, Phil Lynott, Bob Marley, Sinéad O'Connor, Nino Rota, Maurice Seezer
Cinematography Peter Biziou
Editing by Gerry Hambling
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) Republic of Ireland December 12, 1993 (premiere)
United Kingdom 13 December 1993 (Belfast only)
United States 29 December 1993 (limited)
Canada 21 January 1994
United Kingdom 11 February 1994
Australia 3 March 1994
Running time 133 min.
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
Language English
Gross revenue $65,796,862 (worldwide)

In the Name of the Father is a 1993 film directed by Jim Sheridan based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, four people falsely convicted of the IRA's Guildford pub bombing which killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian. The screenplay was adapted by Terry George and Jim Sheridan from the autobiography Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon.[1]



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



In the Name of the Father was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Pete Postlethwaite), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Thompson), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

Historical Inaccuracies

  • Gerry and Guisseppe Conlon did not share a cell, and were not even in the same prison.
  • The Guildford Four and Maguire Seven were not put on trial together. Their trials were undertaken separately in jury-less proceedings.
  • Although Gareth Peirce (played by Emma Thompson) did represent the Four, the documents revealing torture and coerced testimonies were found in the Surrey Police Headquarters during a special investigation in August, 1987.
  • British judges do not hammer on gavels to keep order.


The soundtrack of the film includes the song "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart" performed by Sinéad O'Connor and written by Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer. It also includes "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Filming locations

See also


  1. ^ The Irish Filmography 1896-1996; Red Mountain Press; 1996. Page 59

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