Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

Five Minutes of Heaven
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Violence, mature themes and coarse language

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Actors: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca

Lurgan, Northern Ireland, 1975. Protestant Alastair Little, 17, yearns to be a man and take part in the struggle against the Catholics. Sourcing a gun, he targets local lad Jim Griffin, murdering him in his home, in front of his younger brother Joe. Now, 30 years later, Joe and Alistair are to be brought face to face on live television. But can they put the troubles behind them, and move on from the violence of the past.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 89mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Member Reviews (9)

A powerful story of conflict between two former enemies, one, who killed the other's brother in an ordered IRA style execution, the other, a boy blamed by his parents for doing nothing to stop it. This explores the struggle of how both men try to resolve the nightmares they have lived with since the event. A no-holds- barred and totally realistic depiction of life as it was in Northern Ireland during the troubles and the wash up effect it had people after the event. There is something to be learned from it, especially in this day of terrorism, of how young men can be brainwashed into thinking they are doing something for a noble cause.
Posted Wednesday, 26 March 2014 See my other reviews
Liz x
A great movie to watch at least once. An honest portrayal of yet another aspect of the conflict in Ireland. ...also you just can't have too much of those wonderful Irish brogues and beautiful scenery! Really glad I hired it.
Posted Monday, 11 February 2013 See my other reviews
George B
Loved It Great Actors
Posted Wednesday, 2 November 2011 See my other reviews
Maintained fantastic amount of tension throughout and the sparse documentary style of film made it even more effective at giving us an insight into the reality of the Northern Ireland situation. Great performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
Posted Saturday, 8 October 2011 See my other reviews
I enjoyed the movie as I knew alot of the history in Ireland
Posted Saturday, 13 August 2011 See my other reviews
a very dramatic story, renacting a true happening in troubled Ieland about a youngboy wittnessing the shooting of his older brother by one of the young youths called Alister, that was part of the Ulster movement and how it ended up ruining the lives of all of his family, where they had trouble coping with the loss, his mother particullary blaming him as he wittenessed the shooting,and also the guilt that Alison the boy who shot the brother had in later life , after serving a prison term for the crime,he wanted to meet him to say how sorry he was,a very emotional meeting though not as planned, with both men eventualy leaving the demonds behind, with James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson as the main characters, very good
Posted Wednesday, 25 May 2011 See my other reviews
Joy S
This is a gripping and realistic story. Worth seeing.
Posted Monday, 21 March 2011 See my other reviews
Lucy C.
Started off well then lost my interest. Seemed more like a play than a movie.
Posted Friday, 11 March 2011 See my other reviews
Nick Smith
Worth watching. Well acted.
Posted Monday, 4 October 2010 See my other reviews
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