Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Ireland/United Kingdom, 1993. Hell’s Kitchen Films, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Terry George, Jim Sheridan, based on the book Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon. Cinematography by Peter Biziou. Produced by Jim Sheridan. Music by Trevor Jones. Production Design by Caroline Amies. Costume Design by Joan Bergin. Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.
True story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a young man who moved to London from Ireland in his youth and ended up being blamed for an IRA bombing that he had nothing to do with. He and his father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite), two of his friends and his aunt are put in prison for years before a determined and sympathetic lawyer (Emma Thompson) finally comes along and wins their case. This excellent, volatile drama highlights a shameful chapter in British legal history, a story of absolute injustice. Day-Lewis is excellent in the lead (though far too old for it), Postlethwaite equally so, and Thompson shines in her few scenes.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Supporting Actor (Pete Postlethwaite); Best Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson); Best Director (Jim Sheridan); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson); Best Original Song (“Thief of Your Heart”)