Rated: R for language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: February 25, 1994 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Like most I criticize the American judicial system. In the Name of the Father plays out the reasons the American founding fathers mad it difficult for the government to convict anyone accused of a crime.
Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day Lewis) is a petty smart-aleck crook he is volatile and stupid. He lives life a-la the sixties free sex and drugs are his goal in life. He is an irritating character. Lewis plays him so well the film is difficult to enjoy.
Conlon is blamed by Scotland Yard for one of a number of Irish Republican Army bombings of innocent people in England. AT first he finds the entire episode a silly joke. Eventually he signs a confession to stop the beatings and a threat to kill his father, Giuseppe (Gerry Postlethwaite). Conlon's years in jail are unjust but when his totally responsible and respectable father and aunt are jailed as accomplices the travesty of justice screams to be exposed.
Daniel Day Lewis is a fine actor he is supported very well by Postlethwaite they are the heart of the film. A little long at two and one half hours it is somewhat tiring to watch. The uplifting ending help but I did not find it particularly entertaining.
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