Erin Richter
April 25, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bloody Sunday

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/04/02
performer
James Nesbitt, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea, Kathy Keira Clarke, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith
director
Paul Greengrass
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Paul Greengrass
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Captured in song by U2, the events of Jan. 30, 1972, that led to soldiers shooting 27 marchers — 13 fatally — in Northern Ireland gets its cinematic due in the stirring Bloody Sunday. Choppy camera work, conversations seemingly caught on the fly, and nuanced performances convey the chaos that envelops the locked-and-loaded troops and the frustrated Catholic minority fighting for equal rights. The vary tick Irish accents may have you switching to the DVD’s subtitles, but the faces on screen effectively communicate that day’s tragic confusion and overwhelming grief.

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