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A Belfast, Northern Ireland housewife takes up the peace cause, which causes her family trouble with I.R.A. sympathizers.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writers:

Mary Costello (novel), Anne Devlin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Bernie McPhelimy
Ciarán Hinds ... Aidan McPhelimy
Nuala O'Neill Nuala O'Neill ... Annie McPhelimy
James Loughran James Loughran ... Thomas McPhelimy
Barry Loughran Barry Loughran ... Brendan McPhelimy
Elizabeth Donaghy Elizabeth Donaghy ... Sinead McPhelimy
Ciarán McMenamin ... Dino / Owen
Jaz Pollock Jaz Pollock ... Patsy French
Caolan Byrne ... Niall French
Aingeal Grehan Aingeal Grehan ... Deirdre
Oliver Ford Davies ... Whittington
Nicholas Woodeson ... Immonger (as Nick Woodeson)
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Finnbar
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Chair
Doreen Hepburn Doreen Hepburn ... Nora
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Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1972, the politically naïve Bernie McPhelimy (Dame Julie Walters) is trying to bring up a normal family in less than normal surroundings. Her best friend is accidentally shot and killed by the I.R.A., and her neighbors are constantly raided by the army. In this climate of fear and confusion, she dares to stand up and condemn the killings. Criticizing both factions equally, her public call for a ceasefire is interpreted by many as an attack against the I.R.A., and as her fledgling peace movement takes momentum, she and her family are placed in the frontline. Written by Dave F

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Frontline - Zwischen den Fronten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,785, 4 September 2000

Gross USA:

$65,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,793
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Go Down Easy
Written and Performed by John Martyn
Published by Warlock Music Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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Yet another NI film
14 December 2005 | by m-pidgeSee all my reviews

A distinctly average film. Yet again, filmmakers try to encapsulate life in NI in the Troubles. Every such film either portrays Protestants as ignorant oppressors or Catholics as ruthless terrorists. The fact is that bad things were committed on all sides. Yes, Catholics were oppressed. Yes, the British Army killed innocents. Yes, the IRA bombed pubs.

The perspective of all sides is rarely taken into account. If you want to learn about the Troubles and the mindset behind them, I suggest three films. 1) In the Name of the Father (A Jim Sheridan film with Daniel Day Lewis) 2) Omagh (An Irish film with Gerard McSorley covering the Real IRA's killing of innocent people in Omagh) 3) Bloody Sunday (A film made by the same people as Omagh, detailing the killing of peaceful protesters by British paratroopers in the 1970s).

For me (as a southern Irish person (ie someone with enough distance to be dispassionate about the Troubles and close enough to understand)), these are by far the best films on the topic.


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