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Bloody Sunday (2002)

James Nesbitt , Allan Gildea , Paul Greengrass  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea, Gerard Crossan, Mary Moulds, Carmel McCallion
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDHZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bloody Sunday" on IMDb

Special Features

  • History Retold--interviews with the cast
  • Ivan Cooper Remembers

Editorial Reviews

With breathtaking verisimilitude, Bloody Sunday posits an immediate, you-are-there re-creation of Ireland's most controversial contemporary tragedy. From dusk to dawn, the events of January 30, 1972, are presented in convincing verité fashion; by employing rapid fade-to-black transitions, director Paul Greengrass approaches two perspectives with equal anticipation of potential disaster, based on facts as reported in Don Mullan's politically influential book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday. Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) is, ironically, a Protestant Member of Parliament, leading a peaceful but tensely expectant civil rights march through the Catholic "bogside" of the city of Derry, in protest of the British practice of internment without trial. He watches in horror as his throng of unarmed protesters splinters against British paramilitaries who impulsively open fire. No question where Greengrass's sympathies lie (heard but not seen, the first shots are British), but despite charges of inaccuracy and bias, Bloody Sunday will likely stand as the definitive cinematic representation of that horrible day when deadly confusion reigned supreme. (U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" plays over the closing credits; any other choice would have been blasphemous.) --Jeff Shannon

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Unforgettable Experience April 27, 2003
"Bloody Sunday" is a remarkable and powerful film; a rare breed of film that makes you wonder why such a gem goes so unrecognized by moviegoers. This is such a well-done and important film that has the ability to re-create history with pure authenticity. One of the best things I did last week was purchase this DVD. As soon as I started it, I knew there was no turning back.
I had never heard of the event itself (here's my age showing again). Never even learned about it in high school. As a matter of fact, I'm learning there's LOTS of things I never learned in high school, but back to the movie. "Bloody Sunday" is a documentary-like film that re-creates what transpired on Sunday, January 30th, 1972. In a Civil Rights demonstration in Northern Ireland, British troops opened fire on protesters when things were getting hairy, which would eventually lead to 27 wounded and 13 dead. This was a tragedy that struck a major blow to the Civil Rights movement, and to Ireland and Britain as well.
From what I understand, this is still a very controversial topic, even today. Nobody is still 100% sure of what exactly happened. Both sides are still debating and offering their versions of what really went down. I don't know much about the event, as I said in the beginning of this review. What I do know is that this film was done in a very realistic and authentic way, and I believe that what happened on that tragic day might've gone down the way it did in the film, or very close to it. I also believe that the movie shows both sides, not just one.
This film was done entirely hand-held, meaning not once did the filmmakers use a dolly or camera stands. The end result is that it gives it the raw and realistic feel that it needs to be affective. There is no story or plot in the movie.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A harsh and human look at a terrible historical tragedy September 21, 2003
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An emotionally crushing recreation of the infamous January 30, 1972 clash between British troops and Irish protesters in the town of Derry, which led to the deaths of dozens of civilian marchers. "Clash" is perhaps too strong a word -- this film (as well as several abortive inquiries) makes a strong case that the testosterone-amped British "para" soldiers simply went berserk and shot people at random, in hopes of "teaching them a lesson they'd never forget." The distinction between IRA warmongers and the civilian civil rights movement was apparently lost of the embattled English, but their actions at Derry helped lock the Catholic-Protestant feud into place right up to the present day. Filmically, this is an impressive work: the documentary-style handheld camera work, which seems a bit mannered and distracting in the first part of the film, pays off handsomely when the violence starts -- the fear and chaos of the event is made palpable in a suprisingly visceral manner... it's like a punch to the gut when the shooting starts.... and then it worsens and keeps on going for what seems like an eternity. Regardless of what you think of the filmmaker's political slant, the skill with which they built this film's dramatic impact is undeniable. Viewers will have to make up their own minds about what they believe actually happened that day, but this film proides a convincing argument on behalf of the civilian victims. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth watching! November 12, 2005
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Set up like a documentary, Bloody Sunday, brings to the screen the true story of the 1972 massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, by the British forces and the cover-up that followed.

James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are exceptional to say the least!

Very well written and very well presented, the movie does a great job of describing the complexity of Northern Ireland.

The setting, the plot, the dialogues and the music are all wonderful!

In short, Bloody Sunday is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, Factual Account of Horrific Day January 24, 2004
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I just viewed my copy of Bloody Sunday and I was stunned. This is, quite simply, a tremendous film that portrays a day of absolute horrow in a way that captures the emotion and stays true to the factual accounts of what happened. It certainly does make the British forces look bad, but it should. The facts speak to unreal over-aggression by the British military that day and any true to life account needs to show what actually happened. Throughout the course of the film, you watch the development of this day from both sides. You are witness to those searching for civil rights in Northern Ireland and their efforts to organize a peaceful march in Derry. You are also witness to the British government and military forces, who expect a conflict and vigorously prepare for one. Finally, the film reaches its climax when the British military fires on those in the civil rights march and continues to engage them, killing 13 and wounding 14 more. Bloody Sunday is one of those days that needs to be remembered in vivid detail....not only so that justice can be served for the killing of innocent Irish citizens...but so an attrocity such as this never occurs again. It is a worthwhile subject, a stunning film, and one which I would strongly recommend to anyone out there looking for some good, quality viewing...especially those of Irish heritage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is a very strong movie. Very interesting and also very sad. It's well worth the money to purchase. Well directed.
Published 2 months ago by CT
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Format
I have been unable to watch this movie as the DVD was sent to me in a Foreign Format and will not play on a US Player.
Published 5 months ago by Philip C. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Immersive Experience
This is an absolutely brilliant film that truly brings to life the events of January 30th, 1972 in the town of Derry, Northern Ireland. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Darren O'Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars A day of such terrible loss
"Bloody Sunday" is a film based on the civil rights protest massacre in Derry, Ireland on the 30th of January 1972. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nicholas R.W. Henning
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good film. True to both sides involved. A must for those interested in irish history. Special features are very good as well.
Published 10 months ago by Mark Moffatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse of a Film
Having grown up during the Viet Nam War, the daily papers usually contained body counts on the front page. One gets desensitized to this and the numbers tend to remain numbers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eric Sanberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Paul Greengrass
I'm working backwards through Director Paul Greengrass' body of work starting with "United 93" then "The Bourne Supremacy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by warparty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Will Win Out
The film is about the actual events of 30th of January 1972 when the British Para regiment attacked a civil rights demonstration in Derry which ended with... Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Marc McElligott
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood is Red.
BLOODY SUNDAY (2002) Directed by Paul Greenglass.

A pseudo documentary style recreation of the incident that took place between Irish civil rights protestors and the... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by The Mysterious Traveler
It's 1972 and group of Catholics from Derry, Northern Island are planning a peaceful demonstration on the lines of Martin Luther King's peaceful civil rights marches in the 1960's. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Jack E. Levic
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