In the Name of the Father

Factual error: When the convictions are overturned, the defendants' solicitor, Gareth Pearce (played by Emma Thompson) is shown arguing their case in court. In England solicitors cannot appear in the higher courts, and in fact a barrister presented the case. However, the film is 'dramatically correct' because it was Gareth Pearce who got them freed, and the barrister in question is far too full of herself without having the honour of being portrayed by Emma T.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the trial, when he goes out of the tribunal, Daniel Day-Lewis has a different shirt - a different tone of green.

Factual error: The film is supposed to be set in 1972/73 yet when you see street scenes some of the vehicles are cars from the mid to late 1970's.

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Continuity mistake: During the final court scene, Paul Hill's ponytail appears and disappears.

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Gerry Conlon: What I remember most about my childhood is holding your hand. My wee hand in your big hand, and the smell of tobacco. I remember, I could smell the tobacco in the palm of your hand. When I want to feel happy, I try to remember the smell of tobacco.
Giuseppe Conlon: Hold my hand.

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Trivia: The Maguire Seven & The Guildford Four were shown in the film as being tried at the same time, when in fact they were tried separately.

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