By Lawrence O'Toole
July 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) brings drive, tension, and tremendous heart to the true story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), wrongfully imprisoned more than 15 years for IRA bombings. But the core of In the Name of the Father is the heartrending relationship between Conlon and his father, Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite), also his cellmate. They show us the place where love and hate uneasily lie down together. Day-Lewis, though convincingly energetic as Conlon, is a bit too studied, and it is Postlethwaite, looking like a Francis Bacon painting come to life, who steals the show. A-

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