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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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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

Colm Meaney is a taller and bigger man than Timothy Spall, in real-life, Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were the opposite. 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: I've retired three times. I've had more comebacks than Sinatra.
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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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Are You Getting Through
Written by Glen Hansard
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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
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Sometimes history boils down to a handshake between two politicians
18 July 2017 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Journey (2016/III) was directed by Nick Hamm. It's based on the historical fact that in 2006 the Northern Ireland peace talks established a compromise solution that did, indeed, bring peace to Northern Ireland. This peace pact ended 40 years of terror and violence in that country. Again, historically, the Irish Catholic leader Martin McGuiness and the Irish Protestant Leader Ian Paisley came to an agreement that allowed peace to be established. This film represents an attempt to comprehend how this agreement came about.

In a situation like this, a movie will rise or fall depending on the acting abilities of the two leads. No problem here, because director Hamm had two brilliant actors to work with: Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness and Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley. I think it's worth seeing the movie just to watch them act.

For me, this was an extraordinary movie. I don't know enough about the history of Northern Ireland to know how accurate or realistic the dialog was. I know enough about movies to know that two brilliant leads can produce a magical moment if they know how to act, and how to interact. That's what happened in The Journey.

We saw this movie in Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It will work well on the small screen. The Journey had a terrible IMDb rating of 6.2. That's the weighted average, but the median is 7.0. Most raters liked the film, and some loved it. However, a significant minority hated the movie, and gave it a rating of 1. (One of the people who rated it 1 has also written a review, and I suggest you check it out.)

I noticed the same rating situation with the film Selma, although the average rating was much higher. I think that probably many films about controversial subjects will have people who hate those movies. In those cases, I check the median rating, which I believe gives a more accurate reflection of what most people thought about the movie.

In my opinion, this is a definitely a film worth seeing, and I recommend it.


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