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Movies with 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland as a theme (1968 - Present)
The following list is in alphabetical order by title of film (click or scroll for details):

  |   A Further Gesture (The Break)   |   A Prayer for the Dying   |   A Sense of Loss   |   Acceptable Levels   |   An Everlasting Piece   |   Angel   |   Bloody Sunday   |   Blown Away   |   Bogwoman   |   Cal   |  Fifty Dead Men Walking  |   Five Minutes of Heaven  |   Giro City   |   H3   |   Harry's Game   |   Hennessy   |   Hidden Agenda   |   High Boot Benny   |   Hostage   |   Hunger   |   In the Name of the Father   |   Love Lies Bleeding   |   Maeve   |   Mickybo and Me   |   Nothing Personal   |   Omagh   |   Patriot Games   |   Patriots   |   Resurrection Man   |   Some Mother's Son   |   Sunday   |   The Boxer   |   The Crying Game   |   The Devil's Own   |   The Eliminator   |   The Jackal   |   The Long Good Friday   |   The Outsider   |   The Violent Enemy   |   This is the Sea   |   Titanic Town   |  

Movies about earlier 'Troubles' in Ireland (pre-1968)
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Title: A Further Gesture (The Break)
Country of Origin:Ireland / Britain / Germany
Year of Production:1996
Running Time:96 min
Director:Robert Dornhelm
Producer:Chris Curling
Screenplay/Script:Ronan Bennet
Cast:Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor, Brendan Gleeson, Pruit Taylor Vince, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Location:New York, Blessington Lakes, Ireland
Production Company:Channel 4 Television Corporation
Abstract:Rea, an imprisoned IRA man, takes part in a violent jailbreak from the Maze prison. He is smuggled out to New York where he works as a dishwasher. He becomes friendly with a South American porter and becomes romantically involved with the man's sister. Both brother and sister are part of a revolutionary cell, dedicated to the overthrow of the repressive regime in their country, but lack any basic military training. Rea trains them and draws up a successful assassination plan for them, helps them execute it and then attempts to escape with them. However, the authorities have been tailing him.

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Title: A Prayer for the Dying
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1988
Running Time:108 mins
Director:Mike Hodges
Producer:Peter Snell
Screenplay/Script: Edmund Ward, Martin Lynch
Cast:Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins and Alan Bates
Location:
Production Company: PFD Films; Goldwyn Entertainment Company
Abstract: Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) and two fellow IRA terrorists accidentally blow up a school bus instead of a British military vehicle. Fallon's friends escape, but he, devastated by the incident, turns his back on the Cause and escapes to London, where he hopes to find safe passage to the US. Instead, the IRA and the British police tail him, forcing him to depend on ruthless gangster Jack Meehan (Alan Bates), for a passport.

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Title: A Sense of Loss
Country of Origin: USA / Switzerland
Year of Production: 1978
Running Time:
Director:Marcel Ophuls
Producer:Marcel Ophuls
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Production Company: Cinema X; Société Suisse de Télévision; CineVest Productions; MaxPal Productions
Abstract: A "searing but balanced documentary about the never-ending conflict in Northern Ireland," by the director of The Sorrow and the Pity.

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Title: Acceptable Levels
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:1983
Running Time:103 mins
Director:John Davies
Producer:Angela Topping
Screenplay/Script:
Cast:Kay Adshead, Andy Rashleigh, Patrick Higgins and Tracey Lynch
Location:
Production Company: Frontroom Productions; Channel Four; Belfast Film Workshop
Abstract:This study of a British TV crew interviewing a Belfast family in the war-strewn Catholic district focuses upon the death of a child hit by a stray plastic bullet fired by a British soldier. The chief reporter becomes politically involved in the incident, whilst her producer is apprehensive and, once back in London, makes sure that the most indicting footage is destroyed.

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Title: An Everlasting Piece
Country of Origin:Ireland
Year of Production:2000
Running Time:103 mins
Director:Barry Levinson
Producer:
Screenplay/Script:Barry McEvoy
Cast:Barry McEvoy (Colm); Brian F O'Byrne (George); Anna Friel; Billy Connolly (The Scalper); Pauline McLynn; Ruth McCabe
Location:Belfast
Production Company:
Abstract: A comedy about selling wigs in Belfast in the 1980s. Barry McEvoy plays Colm (a Catholic) who cuts hair in a mental hospital, where he meets 'The Scalper' (Billy Connolly), a crazed Scot, who ran a toupee monopoly in Northern Ireland before losing the plot and attacking his customers. Colm and his pal George (Brian F O'Byrne, who plays a Protestant) use The Scalper's contacts to take over the franchise but then a rival firm moves in and a sales battle ensues.
Barry McEvoy wrote the script based on stories his father told him about Belfast.

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Title: Angel
Country of Origin:Ireland
Year of Production:1982
Running Time:92 mins
Director:Neil Jordan
Producer:John Boorman
Screenplay/Script:Neil Jordan
Cast:Stephen Rea, Veronica Quilligan, Peter Caffrey, Honor Heffernan and Ray McAnally
Location:Border counties of Ireland
Production Company:Irish Film Board, Palace Pictures
Abstract:Bleak drama of a saxophone player who witnesses his manager's murder. The film narrative occurs against the backdrop of the Troubles.

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Title: Bloody Sunday
Country of Origin:Britain / Ireland
Year of Production:2001 (first screened on ITV, 20 January 2002)
Running Time:120 mins
Director:Paul Greengrass
Producer:Mark Redhead and Jim Sheridan
Screenplay/Script:Paul Greengrass
Cast:James Nesbitt (Cooper); Tim Pigott-Smith (Ford); Declan Duddy (Donaghy); Nicholas Farrell (MacLellan); Gerard Crossan (McCann); Gerard McSorley (Lagan); Raymond Cullen (Daly).
Filming Location:Derry, Northern Ireland; and Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Production Company:Granada Films and Hell's Kitchen
Abstract: Bloody Sunday deals with the events that happened in Derry on 30 January 1972. During a civil rights march the British Army shot dead 13 civilian protesters and wounded another 14 people (one of whom died later in the year). The story was filmed in a documentary style that employed hand-held cameras throughout. The film deals with the 24 hour period of Bloody Sunday and thus does not cover the aftermath.
[The film was first shown on ITV (Britain) but also given a limited cinema release and also went straight to video.]

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Title: Blown Away
Country of Origin:USA
Year of Production:1994
Running Time:121 mins
Director:Stephen Hopkins
Producer:Lloyd Segan
Screenplay/Script:Joe Batter and John Rice
Cast:Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones
Location:
Production Company:Trilogy Entertainment Group
Abstract:An Irish terrorist escapes from jail in Northern Ireland and goes to Boston seeking revenge on an ex-comrade who had also been a terrorist bomber but left the organisation, and now works in Boston as a bomb disposal expert.

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Title: Bogwoman
Country of Origin: Ireland
Year of Production: 1997 (released 1999)
Running Time:78 mins
Director:Tom Collins
Producer:Martha O'Neill and Tom Collins
Screenplay/Script:Tom Collins
Cast:Rachael Dowling, Peter Mullan, Maria Mcdermottroe, Noelle Brown, Darren Mchugh, Seán Mcginley
Location:Derry, Northern Ireland
Production Company:ZDF (in association with ARTE), MAP.TV, Radio Telefis Éireann, British Film Institute
Abstract: The movie is set in Derry during the period 1958 to 1969. It charts the experiences of a woman who moves to the city from Donegal as she copes with various personal and familiy pressures against the background of the emerging civil unrest and the redeployment of British troops into the area.

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Title: Cal
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1984
Running Time:102 mins
Director:Pat O'Connor
Producer:Terry Clegg
Screenplay/Script: Bernard MacLaverty
Cast:Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Ray McAnally, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh, Steven Rimkus
Location:
Production Company: Enigma Productions
Abstract: Based on Bernard MacLaverty's novel about a Catholic living in a Protestant neighbourhood in Northern Ireland. He had been involved in the murder of an RUC man, but later gets a job from the family of the dead officer, and begins an affair with the dead man's wife.

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Title: Fifty Dead Men Walking (aka: Man on the Run, USA - working title)
Country of Origin: UK / Canada
Year of Production: 2008
Running Time: mins
Director: Karl Skogland
Producer: Peter La Terriere
Screenplay/Script: Karl Skogland
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Rose McGowan, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, Nathalie Press, Nick Dunning, William Houston, Gavin O'Connor, Nathan Hughes, Kris Edlund,
Location: Ardglass, Killough, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Production Company: Brightlight Pictures
Abstract: Based on the book Fifty Dead men Walking by Martin McGartland (2001) the film tells the story of McGartland's recruitment by the RUC Special Branch as a paid informer on the IRA.

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Title: Five Minutes of Heaven
Country of Origin: UK?
Year of Production: 2008?
Running Time: 90 mins?
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan
Screenplay/Script: Guy Hibbert
Cast: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca
Location: Northern Ireland
Production Company: A Big Fish/Ruby Films Production for BBC Northern Ireland, Pathé, Northern Ireland Screen, Element Pictures and the Irish Film Board.
Abstract: Dramatises the story Alistair Little, a UVF member, who spent 13 years in jail for killing Jim Griffin (21) from Lurgan on 29 October 1975. Jim's 11-year-old brother Joe witnessed the killing. Most of the drama takes place during an attempted reconcilliation 33 years later. Liam Neeson plays Alistair Little and James Nesbitt plays Joe Griffin.

The film won two awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival - Recipient of the World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic and the World Cinema Screenwriting Award.
The film received UK and Irish premieres in Belfast and Dublin during February 2009. The film is due to be broadcast on BBC2 in March 2009.

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Title: Giro City
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1982
Running Time:102 mins
Director:Karl Francis
Producer:Sophie Balhetchet and David Payne
Screenplay/Script: Karl Francis
Cast:Glenda Jackson, Jon Finch, Kenneth Colley, James Donnelly (II), Karen Archer
Location:
Production Company: Channel Four
Abstract: Jackson and Finch play a filmmaker and a reporter, who set out to investigate the Irish Republican Army.

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Title: H3
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:2001
Running Time:89 mins
Director:Les Blair
Producer:James Flynn and Juanita Wilson
Screenplay/Script:Lawrence McKeon and Brian Campbell
Cast:Brendan Mackey (Seamus); Dean Lennox Kelly (Ciaran); Tony Devlin (Madra); Kevin Elliot (Liam); Mark O'Halloran (Bobby Sands); Mark McCrory (Morton)
Location:
Production Company:Metropolitan Films
Abstract: An account of the 1981 Republican Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. The title 'H3' refers to one of the 'H-blocks' inside the prison used to house the Republican prisoners.
Web Site:http://www.h3themovie.com/

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Title: Harry's Game
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:1982
Running Time:180 mins
Director:Lawrence Gordon Clark
Producer:
Screenplay/Script:
Cast:Gil Brailey, Ray Lonnen, Derek Thompson (Billy) Christopher Whitehouse and Benjamin Whitrow
Location:
Production Company:
Abstract:Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the army hasn't been told he is being put in place, his wife is fed up with him and his job, and his one new friend, an Irish woman who falls for him, will be consumed by his relentless search for the assassin.

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Title: Hennessy
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1975
Running Time:104 mins
Director:Don Sharp
Producer:Peter Snell
Screenplay/Script: John Gay
Cast:Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson (I) and Trevor Howard
Location:
Production Company: Hennessy Film Productions; American International Productions
Abstract: Set in the Seventies, Hennessy is a Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the IRA. Hennessy's family is killed by a bomb, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth of England.

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Title: Hidden Agenda
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1990
Running Time:108 mins
Director:Ken Loach
Producer:Eric Fellner and Rebecca O'Brien
Screenplay/Script: Jim Allen
Cast:Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, Brian Cox, Mai Zetterling
Location:
Production Company: Initial Film and Television; Hemdale Holdings
Abstract: Based on an amalgam of real scandals, the film is a fictionalised account of official corruption in Northern Ireland (set in 1980).

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Title: High Boot Benny
Country of Origin: Ireland
Year of Production: 1993
Running Time:82 mins
Director:Joe Comerford
Producer:David Kelly
Screenplay/Script: Joe Comerford
Cast:Marc O'Shea, Frances Tomelty and Alan Devlin
Location:
Production Company: Sandy Films
Abstract: Tells the story of a delinquent boy, Benny, who had to leave Northern Ireland and escapes across the border. He attends school in the Republic, and here finds the murdered body of the caretaker who had been a police informer. Benny is then later suspected of informing by the IRA.

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Title: Hostage
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:1984
Running Time:40 mins
Director:Aisling Walsh
Producer:
Screenplay/Script:Aisling Walsh
Cast:Veronica Quilligan, Alan Devlin, Seamus Healy.
Location:
Production Company:National Film and Television School
Abstract:Against the backdrop of the bombing campaign in Britain and the Northern Ireland Hunger Strike, a young woman joins a terrorist operation which takes three people hostage. Over the days of their captivity, she questions her own involvement and the history of Ireland which has brought her to this point.

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Title: Hunger
Country of Origin: Britain / Ireland
Year of Production: 2008
Running Time: 93mins
Director:Steve McQueen
Producer: Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch. (Executive producers: Jan Younghusband, Peter Carlton, Linda James, Edmund Coulthard, Iain Canning.)
Screenplay/Script: Co-written by Steve McQueen and Irish playwright Enda Walsh
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon, Helena Bereen, Larry Cowan, Liam Cunningham.
Location:
Production Company:A Blast! Films production for Film4 / Channel 4, in association with Northern Ireland Screen, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, and the Wales Creative IP Fund.
Abstract: The film depicts the Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison in 1981 and in particular the role of the leader of the strike Bobby Sands.
Sands is played by Michael Fassbender who went on a medically-supervised diet to portray the final weeks of the 66 day hunger strike by Sands who died on 5 May 1981.
The film won the Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for first-time film-makers.

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Title: In the Name of the Father
Country of Origin: Ireland / Britain / USA
Year of Production:1993
Running Time:132 mins
Director:Jim Sheridan
Producer:Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin
Screenplay/Script:Jim Sheridan and Terry George
Cast:Daniel Day Lewis, Pete Postlewaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch, Mark Sheppard, Beattie Edney, Marie Jones, Tina Kellegher, Brian de Salvo, Bosco Hogan, Don Baker
Filming Location:Dublin city and Kilmainham jail
Production Company:Hell's Kitchen
Abstract: The film deals with the events surrounding the 'Guildford Four' and the Magure family. Gerry Conlon, an unemployed young Belfast man without apparent direction in life, finds his world turned upside down when he is falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombing. Immediately branded an IRA conspirator, Conlon is coerced into a confession, along with his father.

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Title: Love Lies Bleeding
Country of Origin:
Year of Production:1993
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Screenplay/Script:Ronan Bennet
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Title: Maeve
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1981
Running Time:109 mins
Director:Pat Murphy, John Davies
Producer:
Screenplay/Script: Pat Murphy
Cast:Mark Mulholland, Bríd Brennan, Trudy Kelly, John Keegan, Mary Jackson
Location:Belfast, Antrim Coast, and County Down
Production Company: British Film Institute Production Board; Radio Telefis Éireann
Abstract: Maeve Sweeney, a young woman living in London returns home to visit her Catholic family in Belfast. Her visit prompts memories of her childhood in Northern Ireland. The story unfolds by skipping between Maeve as a young girl, as a teenager and in the present. As she enters her later teenage years, her boyfriend pressures her to take a stance on the Troubles. Unwilling to take sides in the conflict, Maeve is finally unable to find a place for herself in Northern Irish society and escapes to England.

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Title: Mickybo and Me
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year of Production: 2004 (Released 25 March 2005)
Running Time:98 mins
Director:Terry Loane
Producer:Mark Huffam, Michael McGeagh
Screenplay/Script: Terry Loane, adapted from the play by Owen McCafferty
Cast:Julie Walters, Adrian Dunbar, Gina McKee, Susan Lynch, Niall Wright, John Jo McNeill
Location:Belfast, and ...
Production Company: New Moon Pictures / Working Title 2
Abstract: The film is set in Belfast in the summer of 1970. Against the backdrop of 'the Troubles', the friendship of two young boys from either side of the political divide ("up the road" and "over the bridge") helps overcome the barriers. Their lives change when they see the film 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. Together they swear an oath to be blood brothers for life and to try to escape Belfast for the freedom of the Australian outback. Their infatuation with the movie leads them from fantasies into petty crime.

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Title: Nothing Personal
Country of Origin: Ireland / Britain
Year of Production: 1995
Running Time:87 mins
Director:Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Producer:John Cavendish, Tracey Seaward
Screenplay/Script: Daniel Mornin (based on his novel All our Fault)
Cast:John Lynch, James Frain, Ian Hart, Gary Lydon, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Courtney
Location:Belfast
Production Company: Channel Four; Little Bird; Bord Scannán na hÉireann
Abstract: A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of Shankill Road Loyalists, and his one-time friend Liam, a Catholic.

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Title: Omagh
Country of Origin: Britain / Ireland
Year of Production: 2004 (first screened on Channel 4, 27 May 2004)
Running Time:102 mins
Director: Peter Travis
Producer: Ed Guiney and Paul Greengrass
Screenplay/Script: Paul Greengrass, Guy Hibbert
Cast: Gerard McSorley, Michele Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Pauline Hutton, Fiona Glascott, Lorcan Cranitch, Alan Devlin
Location: Filmed in Navan and Dublin
Production Company: Channel 4; Tiger Aspect / Hell's Kitchen International
Abstract: Omagh deals with the events and aftermath of 15 August 1998, when a bomb planted by the 'Real IRA' killed 29 people and two unborn children. The film tells the story of the 'Omagh Support and Self Help' group as the relatives strive to find the truth of what happened that day. At the heart of the film is the story of Michael Gallagher, who lost his 21-year-old son Aiden in the explosion, and who has become a key spokesman and lobbyist for the Support Group. The film was made with the full co-operation of the Support Group and of the Gallagher family.
[The film was first shown on Channel 4 (Britain) but it is also had a limited cinema release before going to video.]

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Title: Patriot Games
Country of Origin: US
Year of Production: 1992
Running Time:116 mins
Director:Phillip Noyce
Producer:Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme
Screenplay/Script: Peter Iliff, Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian
Cast:Harrison Ford
Location:
Production Company: Paramount Pictures; Neufeld-Rehme Productions
Abstract: In this adaptation of Tom Clancy's best-seller, Harrison Ford plays Jack Ryan, an ex-C.I.A. analyst who single-handedly foils an I.R.A. kidnap attempt while on vacation in London. Ryan kills one of the terrorists, which antagonises the young man's elder brother, and Ryan gets drawn back into the CIA when the same splinter faction of the IRA targets him and his family.

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Title: Patriots
Country of Origin: US
Year of Production: 19924
Running Time: 83 mins
Director:Frank Kerr
Producer:  
Screenplay/Script: Frank Kerr
Cast: Linda Amendola; Mark Newell; Aidan Parkinson
Location:
Production Company: Boston Pictures
Abstract: "A true story about a young American woman caught up in the bloody struggle for Irish independence. Alexis Shannon is recruited into the IRA by a handsome gunrunner who is actually an undercover agent working for Great Britain. When the IRA is tipped off that it has been infiltrated, Alexis must blow up a police station to prove her allegiance to the cause and is then forced to hide from the terrorists who attempt to kill her. Angry and abandoned, Alexis is finally smuggled back to the United States." (www.imdb.com)

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Title: Resurrection Man
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1997
Running Time:102 mins
Director:Marc Evans
Producer:Andrew Eaton
Screenplay/Script: Eoin McNamee
Cast:Stuart Townsend, James Nesbitt, John Hannah, Geraldine O'Rawe and Brenda Fricker
Location:
Production Company: PolyGram Films (UK) Limited; PolyGram Filmed Entertainment; Revolution Films
Abstract: Violent drama set in Belfast during the 1970's about a member of the Loyalist terror group, the Shankill Butchers.

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Title: Some Mother's Son
Country of Origin: Ireland / USA
Year of Production:1996
Running Time:112 mins
Director:Terry George
Producer:Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin
Screenplay/Script:Terry George and Jim Sheridan
Cast:John Lynch (Cal), Helen Mirren (Kathleen Quigley), Fionnuala Falanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara, Tom Hollander, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds, John Kavanagh
Location:
Production Company:Hell's Kitchen and Castle Rock Entertainment
Abstract: A political drama about a fictionalised 1981 Maze hunger striker (though the historical hunger strikers also appear), taken from a mother's perspective.

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Title: Sunday
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:2001 (first screened on Channel 4, 28 January 2002)
Running Time: 93 mins
Director:Charles McDougall
Producer: Gub Neal; Co-producers: Gaslight Productions
Screenplay/Script:Jimmy McGovern
Cast:Bríd Brennan (Mrs Young); Eva Birthisltle (Maura Young); Ciaran McMenamin (Leo Young); Christopher Eccleston (General Ford); Barry Mullan (John Young); Corin Redgrave (Edward Heath)
Filming Location:Derry, Northern Ireland
Production Company: Sunday Productions (NI) Ltd.
Abstract: Sunday deals with the events that happened in Derry on 30 January 1972. During a civil rights march the British Army shot dead 13 civilian protesters and wounded another 14 people (one of whom died later in the year). The film provies some background to Bloody Sunday by briefly dealing with the civil rights campaign of 1968 and Internment in August 1971. The film also deals with the Widgery Inquiry in 1972.
[The film was first shown on Channel 4 (Britain) television (also given a limited cinema release?).]
(The Web site - www.sundayfilm.net - about the film is no longer working.)

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Title: The Boxer
Country of Origin:Ireland
Year of Production:1997
Running Time:114 mins
Director:Jim Sheridan
Producer:Arthur Lappin, Jim Sheridan
Screenplay/Script:Terry George
Cast:Daniel Day-Lewis (Danny Flynn); Emily Watson (Maggie Hamill); Brian Cox (Joe Hamill); Ken Stott (Ike Weir); Gerard McSorley (Harry)
Filming Location:Dublin
Production Company:Hell's Kitchen
Abstract: Day-Lewis plays the boxer, Danny, an IRA member who emerges from 14 years in prison to a Belfast still devastated by sectarian conflict. This is the third collaboration between Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day Lewis.


Title: The Crying Game
Country of Origin: Britain / Ireland
Year of Production:1992
Running Time:110 mins
Director:Neil Jordan
Producer:Steven Wooley
Screenplay/Script:Neil Jordan
Cast:Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Jaye Davidson, Adrian Dunbar, Tony Slattery
Location:County Meath
Production Company:Palace Productions
Abstract: A British soldier is abducted by the IRA and held hostage on a farm by an IRA volunteer, who comes to respect and understand him. The film contains a unique twist in its treatment of political violence, race and sexuality, but it handles it in a way that does not alienate mainstream audiences.

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Title: The Devil's Own
Country of Origin:USA
Year of Production:1997
Running Time:110 mins
Director:Alan J. Pakula
Producer:Lawrence Gordon and Robert F. Colesberry
Screenplay/Script:Kevin Jarre, Vincent Patrick and David Cohen
Cast:Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford
Location:
Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Abstract: IRA man Frankie McGuire is sent to New York with a false name, Rory Devaney, and a mad mission to buy Stinger missiles. He is placed with the family of cop Tom O'Meara. Surrounded by a wife and three daughters, O'Meara takes to Devaney, who in turn sees in O'Meara the benevolent father he lost to the violence at home when he was a child of 8. The problems arise when Tom begins to suspect something about Rory's identity.

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Title: The Eliminator
Country of Origin:Ireland
Year of Production:1996
Running Time:83 mins
Director:Enda Hughes
Producer:Enda Hughes, Denis O'Hare, Michael Hughes
Screenplay/Script:Enda Hughes
Cast:Barry Wallace, Michael Hughes, Mike Duffy, Edward Hughes, Paul McAvinchey, Donna Crilly
Location:Keady, County Armagh
Production Company: Cousins Pictures
Abstract: This low-budget sci-fi film is considered by some a cult classic. A young Northern Irish man, John O'Brien - a member of The Organisation - is hard at work on plans for a terrifying, turbo-charged military vehicle, the VIPER, intended for urban warfare. After much fighting, gunfire, explosions, car chases soaring bodycount, zombies and the resurrected spirit of Saint Patrick, there is one last apocalyptic explosion.

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Title: The Jackal
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1997
Running Time:124 mins
Director:Michael Caton-Jones
Producer:Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel, Michael Caton-Jones, Kevin Jarre
Screenplay/Script: Kevin Jarre, Chuck Pfarrer
Cast:Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sydney Poitier
Location:
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Abstract: This film is loosely based on the 1970s book and movie that were based on actual events. Bruce Willis is The Jackal, an infamous terrorist/spy that is hired to assassinate the President. Richard Gere plays an imprisoned IRA terrorist who is the only man who can identify The Jackal and Sydney Poitier is the CIA agent in charge of the operation.

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Title: The Long Good Friday
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1979
Running Time:114 mins
Director:John Mackenzie
Producer:Barry Hanson
Screenplay/Script: Barry Keeffe
Cast:Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren
Location:
Production Company: Black Lion Films; Calendar Productions
Abstract:Thriller set in London, in which a prosperous English gangster comes under attack by the IRA who are out to seek revenge for his friend, Colin, who has stolen money from the them and been indirectly responsible for three of their top men being killed in a police raid.

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Title:The Outsider
Country of Origin:Holland ?
Year of Production:1979
Running Time:128 mins
Director:Tony Luraschi
Producer:Philippe Modave
Screenplay/Script:Tony Luraschi (based on the novel 'The Heritage of Michael Flaherty' by Colin Leinster)
Cast:Craig Wasson (Michael Flaherty), Sterling Hayden (Seamus Flaherty), Patricia Quinn (Siobhan), Niall O'Brien (Emmet Donovan), T.P. McKenna (John Russell), Ray McAnally (Mac Whirter), Niall Toibin (Farmer), Frank Grimes (Tony Coyle), Elizabeth Begley (Mrs. Cochran), Bosco Hogan (Finbar Donovan).
Location:Dublin and Detroit USA
Production Company:Cinematic Arts B V; Paramount Pictures
Abstract:The conflict between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the British Army in Northern Ireland provides the backdrop for this drama set in the early 1970s. Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson) is an American of Irish descent who, after returning home from a tour of duty in Vietnam, is deciding what to do with his life. Since his childhood, Michael's grandfather Seamus (Sterling Hayden) has told him of his glorious younger days in Ireland, when he fought against the British with the IRA. Michael decides to go to Belfast to help the fight to end British rule, but he soon finds out that he's not welcomed by many of the locals. He's considered more important as a symbol than as a soldier or an activist - so much so that the IRA plans to have him killed in a way that can be blamed on British forces in order to help elicit financial support from wealthy Americans.
[The Outsider was withdrawn from the 1980 London Film Festival on the pretext that it was not technically up to standard.]

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Title: The Violent Enemy
Country of Origin: Britain
Year of Production: 1969
Running Time:94 mins
Director:Don Sharp and Wilfred Eades
Producer:Wilfred Eades
Screenplay/Script: Edmund Ward
Cast:Tom Bell, Susan Hampshire and Ed Begley
Location:
Production Company: Trio Films; Group W
Abstract: Ireland is the backdrop for this IRA tale about a plan to blow up a British power station. An escaped Republican prisoner learns of the plan and uses his resources to stop the destruction.

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Title: This is the Sea
Country of Origin: Ireland / USA / Britain
Year of Production: 1996
Running Time:104 mins
Director:Mary McGuckian
Producer:Michael Garland
Screenplay/Script: Mary McGuckian
Cast:Samantha Morton, Ross McDade, Gabriel Byrne, John Lynch
Location:
Production Company: Pembridge Productions; Bord Scannán na hÉireann; Overseas Filmgroup
Abstract: The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is a threatened by prejudices, and by Rohan (leader in militant underground and friend of Malachy's brother), who wants Malachy to be recruited and fight for the cause, and by Hazel's brother Jef, who spies on her meetings.

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Title: Titanic Town
Country of Origin:Britain
Year of Production:2000
Running Time: mins
Director:Roger Michell
Producer:George Faber and Charlie Pattinson
Screenplay/Script:Anne Devlin (novel by Mary Costello)
Cast:Julie Walters (Bernie McPhelimy); Ciaran Hin (Aidan McPhelimy);
Location:
Production Company:
Abstract: Based on a true story and set in Belfast during the 1970s. The film tells the story of one woman's efforts to protect her family from the impact of 'the Troubles'.

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Movies about earlier 'Troubles' in Ireland (pre-1968)

  • A Terrible Beauty (1960) IMDb
  • Beloved Enemy (1936) IMDb
  • Irish Destiny (1926) IMDb
  • Juno and the Paycock (1930) IMDb
  • Michael Collins (1996) IMDb
  • Odd Man Out (1947) IMDb
  • Ourselves Alone (1936) IMDb
  • Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) IMDb
  • The Dawn (1936)
  • The Gentle Gunman (1952) IMDb
  • The Informer (1929)
  • The Informer (1935) Dir: John Ford. IMDb
  • The Key (1934) IMDb
  • The Plough and the Stars (1936) IMDb
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Dir: Ken Loach; Writer: Paul Laverty. IMDb
    (Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival)
  • This Other Eden (1959) IMDb
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    List of some source materials:

  • Burns-Bisogno, Louisa. (1997). Censoring Irish Nationalism: the British, Irish and American Suppression of Republican Images in Film and Television, 1909-1995. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland.
  • Connelly, Mark. (2012). The IRA on Film and Television: A History. Jefferson: McFarland & Company Inc.
  • Donnelly, K.J. (2000). 'The Policing of Cinema: Torubled Film Exhibition in Northern Ireland'. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 20, (3): 385-396.
  • Edge, S.J. (1999). 'Feisty Colleens or Mother Ireland: Representations of Women in Irish Cinema'. Fortnight, (379): 8-10.
  • Hill, J. (1999). 'Film production in Northern Ireland'. Fortnight (special supplement), (379): 5-7.
  • Hill, John. (2006). Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film, Culture and Politics. New Jersey: Princeton Press.
  • McIlroy, Brian. (1996). 'When the Ulster Protestant and Unionist Looks: Spectatorship in (Northern) Irish Cinema'. Irish University Review, 26, (1): 143-154.
  • McIlroy, Brian. (2001). Shooting to Kill: Filmmaking and the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Richmond, B.C.: Steveston Press.
  • McKittrick, David. (2008). Why Irish protestants are hungry for a voice, The Independent, Friday 31 October 2008. [article at external web site]
  • McLoone, M. (1999). 'Re-imagining the Nation: Themes and Issues in Irish Cinema. Cinéaste, 24, (2-3): 28-34.
  • McLoone, M. (2001). 'Psychos and Sickos: Cinematic Representations of Loyalists, in, Bell, D. Dissenting Voices/Imagined Communities (Belfast Film Festival pamphlet), Proceedings of Belfast Film Festival. 8-9. Belfast: Belfast Film Festival.
  • Pettitt, Lance. (2000). Screening Ireland: Film and television representation. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

  • CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
    CAIN is based within the University of Ulster.


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