In the Name of the Father

  |  246 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
In the Name of the Father Film Poster


Double bill featuring two movies from director Jim Sheridan and actor Daniel Day-Lewis. In 'The Boxer' (1997), ex-IRA member and former boxing champion Danny Flynn (Day-Lewis) comes out of prison after 14 years and returns to his native Belfast. He falls in with his old coach, Ike (Ken Stott), and the pair open a gym together. Danny meets his old flame, Maggie (Emily Watson), and hopes to rekindle their affair until he discovers that while he was inside she married his best friend, also an IRA member and now serving time himself. As Danny and Ike's gym attracts young talent and Danny successfully resurrects his boxing career, pressure from IRA thug Harry, an opponent of the burgeoning peace process, threatens to destroy everything they are working towards. 'In the Name of the Father' (1993) is the true story of a group of Irish men dubbed the Guildford Four, the victims of a miscarriage of justice that saw them convicted of bombing a soldiers' pub in 1974. Day-Lewis plays Belfast wideboy and petty crook, Gerry Conlon, who, along with his father (Pete Postlethwaite) and two friends, is forced into a false confession claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack.