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The Journey (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) are forced to travel by car together.

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Nick Hamm

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Colin Bateman (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... Ian Paisley
Colm Meaney ... Martin McGuinness
Freddie Highmore ... Jack the Driver
John Hurt ... Harry Patterson
Catherine McCormack ... Kate Elgar
Toby Stephens ... Tony Blair
Barry Ward ... Ian Paisley, Jr.
Ian Beattie ... Gerry Adams
Ian McElhinney ... Rory O'Suaird
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Bertie Ahern
Daniel Portman ... Frank
Lucy Cray-Miller Lucy Cray-Miller ... Reporter (as Lucy Cray Miller)
Lorna Quinn Lorna Quinn ... Reporter
Richard Doubleday ... Reporter
Patrick Joseph Byrnes ... Reporter
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Storyline

In 2006, Northern Ireland's bloody Troubles had dragged on for decades. Now with the growing threat of a new generation inspired by the 9/11 attacks to escalate the conflict to new levels of destruction, the Catholic Republican and the Protestant Unionist sides are finally persuaded to seriously explore a peace agreement at U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's (Toby Stephens') urging. Unfortunately, the principle negotiators, firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), are decades-long implacable enemies. However, with talks about to start, Paisley has his wedding anniversary that he is determined to attend at home, and McGuinness decides he must accompany his enemy to prevent him from being persuaded to abandon this chance for peace. With Prime Minister Blair and his MI5 staff nervously watching from secret cameras, the two foes undertake a journey together in which they bridge the seemingly unbridgeable... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Life made them enemies. Politics made them adversaries. One journey made them friends.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,895, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:

$155,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$482,209
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Trivia

Filmed near Larne, Northern Ireland. See more »

Goofs

In the church scene, in a wood block there is an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle for which there is no reference in the dialogue. Why did the Director leave it, so obvious in the middle of the scene? See more »

Quotes

Harry Patterson: You feel the hand of history on your shoulder?
Tony Blair: Around my throat more like. It's like looking at the promised land with the wrong end of a telescope.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits for the main cast photographs of the real Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness at various official occasions are shown. See more »

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References The Sting (1973) See more »

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Are You Getting Through
Written by Glen Hansard
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Glen Hansard, Joseph Doyle, Graham Hopkins, Ruth O'Mahony Brady, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney, Una O'Kane, Paule Hughes, Katie O'Conner, David, Odlum
Recorded fby David Odlum at Westland Studios, Dublin and Black Box Studio, France
Produced by David Odlum
Appears Courtesy of Anti Records
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Well acted drama
10 January 2018 | by Jack_BrockSee all my reviews

I'm surprised this movie didn't do better in theatres.

The movie revolves around a fictional retelling of the Northern Ireland peace treaty. It tells the tale of the real life leaders Martin McGuiness and Ian Paisley finding some common ground after years of hatred. The movie doesn't choose sides in the conflict but presents puts the war in perspective: honoring the memory of your ancestors by continuing the conflict or giving your descendants hope by finding peace.

This is an excellent portrayal of two men who must look past themselves and their prejudices to build a peaceful future.


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