Hell's Kitchen Films, Universal Pictures 1993
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Based on the autobiography, Proved Innocent, by Gerry Conlon
Screenplay adapted by Terry George & Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlewaite
Today you can say pretty easily that Daniel Day-Lewis is the best actor of the last twenty years or so with three Oscars for best actor and two more nominations in the category including for this film (he lost to Tom Hanks in Philadelphia that year). The argument can be made that he is possibly the best ever and it’s hard to argue against it. In this film in particular you see him evolve as the film runs starting out as a young naïve man who cares for little other than having fun, a rebel who despises his father like most young men tend to do but by the end of the film he has grown and matured vowing to never rest until his father’s name is cleared even if it is posthumously. It’s also worth noting Pete Postlewaite’s performance as Giuseppe Conlon, the overbearing yet also naïve father who wants nothing but to see his son be something better, is absolute perfection. Postlewaite is an excellent character actor in general but here is perhaps his best performance of many to choose from.
For the record Schindler’s List won best picture that year which is a great film but one that I watched once and have not watched since. The other nominees were The Piano (a film I still have never seen nor do I have any desire to) and The Remains Of The Day (same for this one). The final nominee was The Fugitive which is a movie I forgot was even nominated because it shouldn’t have been. I mean I enjoyed it and still do, other than I remember seeing it in the theater and knowing “whodunit” about 15 minutes in which ultimately ruined it, but it’s a fun action/mystery not an Oscar quality movie, IMO.
Conlon battled with lung cancer for a lengthy period before his death on 21 June 2014 in his native Belfast. - taken from Wikipedia
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