Alternate Title: Law and Disorder
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong fucking time…It turns out that wrongful court convictions are not just an American problem.
In the Name of the Father is the true story of Irishman Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis). A troublemaker by nature, Gerry is out with his buddy, Paul Hill (John Lynch) when a pub bomb goes off and sets in motion the most trouble of Gerry’s life. Soon afterward, Gerry and Paul along with two friends are interrogated and framed for the bombing. Due to allegations of terrorism, Gerry’s entire family comes under fire. It’s not long before Gerry’s father, Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite) joins his son in his prison cell. The two men enlist lawyer Gareth Peirce (Emma Thompson) to plead for their innocence.
Tensions between the English and Irish are high; I don’t quite understand all of the history, but it seems the real-life Gerry Conlon’s conviction revolved around his Irish heritage.
As usual, Daniel Day-Lewis is at peak performance. This was my first time ever seeing him play an Irish role and seeing that he is Irish, that was a nice treat. The film makes you feel a bit paranoid as it’s a horror story about someone innocent ending up in prison. It’s really a movie about a man and his volatile relationship with his father set against the background of a law film.
Now it’s Your Turn…
In the Name of the Father was nominated for Best Picture in 1993, but did the Academy get it right?