The My Left Foot team of star Daniel Day-Lewis and director Jim Sheridan were reunited to make this political docudrama about Irish citizen Gerry Conlon (Day-Lewis), who was wrongly convicted of taking part in an IRA bombing that killed five in Guildford, England in 1974. After a brutal interrogation forces him to sign a false confession, Gerry is sentenced to prison, his family is raked over the coals, and later his father Giuseppe (Pete Postelthwaite) is charged with being an accomplice and is also sent to prison where he lives out the last days of his life. Day-Lewis gives an outstanding performance as a man tormented by the injustice served him. Watch for Emma Thompson as the persevering lawyer who works for years, gathering evidence to clear Gerry's name. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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While the personal details of the lives of the characters may have been altered (I don't know, I wasn't there), the political and historical FACTS (Mr. P.) are absolutely true. Gerry & his father Guiseppe were innocent, and Guiseppe died in an English prison after the real bombers had been captured. It is a very accurate and typical portrayal of the way the Irish are treated by Britain. The movie is by no means "pro-IRA" (in fact, most of Sheridan's films portray the IRA in a fairly negative light), but it is absolutely pro-justice!
Daniel Day-Lewis was riveting in his portrayal of an innocent man in 1970's London. This is a must-see for anyone who wants to see what it is like to be persecuted because of your national citizenship.