Bloody Sunday

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Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight) wrote and directed this powerful look at January 30, 1972 -- better known as "Bloody Sunday." Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) attempts to organize a peaceful protest after Protestant leaders imprison Catholics without a trial. His actions conflict with hard-line IRA members who have no interest in a "peaceful" response, as well as the military men responsible for keeping the peace who are led by Major General Robert Ford (Tim Pigott-Smith) and Brigadier Patrick Maclellan ...
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Overview

Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight) wrote and directed this powerful look at January 30, 1972 -- better known as "Bloody Sunday." Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) attempts to organize a peaceful protest after Protestant leaders imprison Catholics without a trial. His actions conflict with hard-line IRA members who have no interest in a "peaceful" response, as well as the military men responsible for keeping the peace who are led by Major General Robert Ford (Tim Pigott-Smith) and Brigadier Patrick Maclellan (Nicholas Farrell). By the end of the day, the military will fire on the protestors and kill 13 people. The events of this day still haunt the peace process in Ireland. Bloody Sunday was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A dramatic re-creation of perhaps the darkest day in Northern Ireland's history unfolds with documentary-style realism in this gritty, critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Paul Greengrass. In 1972, a civil rights march led by an Irish M.P. James Nesbitt becomes a bloodbath when British soldiers open fire on unarmed protesters, killing 13 and wounding 14 others. Bloody Sunday takes a Dogme-esque approach to staging the events, brilliantly capturing the chaos that leads to a most tragic aftermath. The soundtrack plays a crucial role: It's an agitating cacophony of voices, ringing telephones, and squawking two-way radios -- that is, before it becomes a sea of shouts, screams, and gunshots. The massacre itself has a graphic veracity that is truly disturbing to watch. Bloody Sunday makes no bones about its allegiances: The British are at fault, not only for the loss of life but for further violence as well. The massacre became a recruiting point for the militant IRA. Indeed, the greatest tragedy portrayed is that of the idealistic M.P., who, after trying to follow the peaceful path to reform, ultimately loses his faith in nonviolent solutions. The result is a truly gripping film that demands to be seen.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Paul Greengrass' Bloody Sunday has been a film festival favorite, and received a good deal of critical praise, but despite the importance of the subject matter and the visceral power of Greengrass' filmmaking, the film is far from flawless. Greengrass has cited Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers as an inspiration for his film, the earlier film's influence is evident in Bloody Sunday's vérité style and his use of non-actors in many of the smaller roles. Greengrass' background as a documentarian is also evident in the film's use of handheld camera and a chaotically realistic sound mix. But the film's considered approach to its subject matter is too calm and thoughtful for agitprop, and the thinness of its characterizations makes it a failure as straight drama. In the film, the actual massacre is perpetrated, for the most part, on nameless, faceless characters, in the style of the opening battle sequence in Saving Private Ryan. But Spielberg's decision to begin his depiction of a huge war with carnage amid anonymous soldiers is much more understandable than Greengrass' decision not to differentiate among the 13 unfortunate victims of this much smaller-scaled tragedy. His decision to inflate the role of Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt), the Protestant politician and civil rights leader who helped organize what was supposed to be a peaceful march that day, is questionable, particularly as it takes time away from the everyday residents of Derry who should be the film's real story. The film has an undeniable immediacy, and is still a powerful indictment of the British government's actions on that day, and in response to the incident. But one can't help but feel that it could have been something more.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
The level of accomplishment in the filmmaking is overwhelming.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Once positions hardened, tragedy was all but inevitable, and Bloody Sunday does the spirit of that awful day full and unforgettable justice.
Variety
A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail. Scott Foundas
New York Magazine - Peter Rainer
The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers.

It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • UPC: 883316948354
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,248

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Nesbitt Ivan Cooper
Tim Pigott-Smith Major General Robert Ford
Nicholas Farrell Brigadier Maclellan
Gerard McSorley Chief Supt. Lagan
Kathy Kiera Clarke Frances
Allan Gildea Kevin McCorry
Gerard Crossan Eamonn McCann
Mary Moulds Bernadette Devlin
Carmel McCallion Bridget Bond
Declan Duddy Gerry Donaghy
Joanne Lindsay Mary Donaghy
Simon Mann Colonel Wilford
Christopher Villiers Major Steele
Mike Edwards Soldier
Technical Credits
Paul Greengrass Director, Screenwriter
Albert Bailey Sound/Sound Designer
Rhidian Bridge Consultant/advisor
Dinah Collin Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Coull Consultant/advisor
Pippa Cross Executive Producer
Clare Douglas Editor
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Luke Johnston Asst. Director
John Paul Kelly Production Designer
Arthur Lappin Executive Producer
Simon Mann Consultant/advisor
Dominic Muldowney Score Composer
Don Mullan Co-producer
Paul Myler Co-producer
Padraig O'neill Art Director
Mark Redhead Producer
Jim Sheridan Executive Producer
Rod Stoneman Executive Producer
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Tristan Whalley Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Irish Anger

    Ivan Cooper, all Irishman know the story from the propaganda of the English Empire. The English shot at mostly unarmed civilians in a peaceful demonstration. If those out there don't understand Irish anger toward the Brits watch it please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    A really powerful ( although depressing movie) despite not being irish I think its a real peice of art that should be viewed by everyone. Thumbs up for sure. The ending had me almost in tears.

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