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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
James Nesbitt
Tim Pigott-Smith
General Ford
Nicholas Farrell
Gerard McSorley
Directors
Paul Greengrass
Screenwriters
Paul Greengrass
Running Time
100 minutes

Bloody Sunday
Paul Greengrass' real-time documentary approach to the tragic events in Northern Ireland 1972.


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Plot
It's 1972, and local MP Ivan Cooper has organised a peaceful civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland. But chaos descends when a breakaway group of youngsters taunt British soldiers, and the body count rises.


Verdict
Greengrass has deliberately chosen to provoke an emotional rather than intellectual response with his film - but sometimes provocation is much preferred to the British media's maintenance of the status quo.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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