DVD Omagh [2005] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 36375),
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Omagh [2005] [English] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • On August 15, 1998, an Irish separatist group known as the Real IRA detonated a car bomb in the small market town of Omagh, Northern Ireland, claiming the lives of 31 people and injuring hundreds of others. Screenwriter Paul Greengrass dramatizes the tragic event in the Irish telefilm OMAGH, centering the action on the real-life story of one grieving father's search for justice. After losing his 21-year-old son in the blast, mild-mannered auto mechanic Michael Gallagher (Irish actor Gerald McSorley, himself an Omagh native) becomes an outspoken advocate for the victims' families as they find themselves increasingly sidelined by an indifferent bureaucracy. Like Greengrass's 2002 directorial effort, BLOODY SUNDAY, OMAGH employs a cinema-verite style marked by handheld video and gritty photography for documentary-like realism and heightened emotional impact.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SC0277-D

  • Credits
    Gerard McSorley, Brenda Fricker, Michle Forbes
  • Critic Reviews
    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] moving account of the appalling terrorist bombing in the eponymous town that left 29 dead and more than 200 injured..."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]rilliant....Gerald McSorley is extraordinary as Michael Gallagher, the bereaved father..."

    "Gerald McSorley gives an immensely moving performance....By dramatising events and using actors, the film-makers are able to give an emotional depth to the material that a 'straight' documentary would lack."
    Sight and Sound

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