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Rated PG-13 · 94 minutes · 2017

Nick Hamm's historical fantasy is based on a real-life incident that took place near the end of the decades-long civil conflict between Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists in Northern Ireland. In October 2006 the British and Irish governments, along with the major political parties in Northern Ireland, convened in Saint Andrews, Scotland, to hammer out a power-sharing arrangement between the Democratic Unionist Party, led by the fire-breathing Protestant minister Ian Paisley, and Sinn Féin, the left-leaning Irish republican party. During the negotiations, Paisley was permitted to fly home to Ulster for an evening to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary, and as a security protocol (to protect his plane from a possible ground-to-air attack), he was accompanied by Martin McGuinness, a leader of Sinn Féin and a former chief of staff for the Irish Republican Army. Continue reading >>

See our full review: Lifelong political antagonists in Northern Ireland find common ground in <i>The Journey</i>

Lifelong political antagonists in Northern Ireland find common ground in The Journey

Timothy Spall is Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney is Martin McGuinness in this fictional tale about the Troubles. »

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Director: Nick Hamm
Producer: Jo Bamford, Janine Modder, Nick Hamm, Mark Huffam and Piers Tempest
Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Catherine McCormack, Ian McElhinney, Ian Beattie, Barry Ward and Kristy Robinson

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