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The Informant (1997)

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

Director:

Jim McBride

Writers:

Gerald Seymour (book), Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Brophy ... Gingy McAnally
Cary Elwes ... Lt. David Ferris
Timothy Dalton ... DCI Rennie
Maria Lennon Maria Lennon ... Roisin McAnally
John Kavanagh ... IRA Chief
Sean McGinley ... Frankie Conroy
Frankie McCafferty ... Dalton
Stuart Graham ... Det. Astley
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Det. McDonough
Sean Kearns Sean Kearns ... Det. Prentice
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Constable Goss
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Gerard McAnally
Virginia Cole Virginia Cole ... Roisin's Ma
Gary Lammin ... Cpl. Jones
James Gaddas ... British I.O.
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Storyline

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

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Even freedom has its price.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and violence, including a rape scene | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 January 1998 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Field of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

During filming in Ireland, the working title "Johnny Loves Suzie" was used so as not to attract the attention of any terrorist groups. However, it hardly could obscure the fact that armored vehicles and armed police and soldiers were featured in the film. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the Union Flag is upside down. See more »

Quotes

Gingy McAnally: Do you get extra if you shoot a Provo?
Lt. David Ferris: Lord, no.
Gingy McAnally: I thought you got extra. That's what we were told.
Lt. David Ferris: I suppose either one of us gets overloaded with the truth, Gingy.
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Fairly accurate portrayal of life in 1990's Belfast
2 January 2005 | by dredd1981See all my reviews

This film is something of a mixed bag! As a fan of Timothys work I was eager to watch this film just to see Tim Dalton,and not so much for the "Troubles" storyline which,and lets face it,Hollywood has done an abysmal job of bringing to the big screen. Dodgy accents aside,this is a fairly accurate film which shows the IRA as the thugs they are,murdering police officers and shooting children. I thought Timothys performance was pretty good,although the accent needed a bit of work. Cary Elwes was thoroughly annoying as the army lt trying to befriend "gingy", who was equally irritating because he constantly had that "i picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue" look on his face. If you want to see a fairly accurate portrayal of the terrorism that existed in Northern Ireland in the 1990's warts and all,watch this movie! If you want to cling to the belief that the IRA are heroes fighting for truth,justice and a pint of Guinness instead of being the murderers and drug dealers they really are, then my advice is to get real!


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