Five Minutes of Heaven

Five Minutes of Heaven

DVD - 2010
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In 1975, 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the UVF, murdered 19-year-old Catholic Jim Griffin. The murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin. Twenty-five years later the media arranges for the two men to meet again.

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Mhoireibh
Aug 24, 2016

This was a very emotionally film that could have been made with the roles reversed. It could also have been a story for other countries. How would you feel it you were to meet the killer of one of your family members that took place during a time of strife or war in your country?

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0cho
Dec 01, 2014

This is a very good movie. Excellent acting and a good sad story. Well worth the watch. Irish slang and dialog can be hard to understand at times.

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pl8
Jul 13, 2014

An important and emotional film, highly underrated. Its easy to dismiss hate or the idea of hate. But the need for revenge is a little different and cannot just be thought away as irrational or without reason. It is very much with reason and forgetting the past is easier said than done. This is a difficult film and says quite a lot in only 90 minutes and a handful of sequences.

bears1985 Feb 13, 2014

Well another hit for the BBC great story, good acting! Only problem I had was at times the slang and the strong Irish accent made it had to grasp what was said but this is so minor it doesn't take away from the movie and you get the drift any way. Watch this it's worth it

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mj7932
Jan 04, 2014

After 30 years hating the man who shot & murdered his older brother, and cherishing to murder him for revenge, a man listened to the advice of the remorseful murderer!

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akirakato
Oct 03, 2013

This is a 2009 89-minute British/Irish film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.
The first part reconstructs the historical killing of 19-year-old Jim Griffin by 17-year-old Alistair Little in 1975,
and the second part depicts a fictional meeting between Little and Jim's brother Joe 33 years later.
Thirty-three years after the murder, Little and Griffin have been set up to meet on camera by a reconciliation project.
Little has served his sentence and peace has been agreed to in Northern Ireland, but Joe Griffin is not coming on the program for a handshake.
He is carrying a knife and intends to murder his brother’s killer during the meeting.
However, just before he is to go on camera, he becomes extremely agitated and demands that the cameras be removed.
When the producers try to calm him, he leaves, and the two men don't meet.
Little offers to meet Griffen, and Griffen accepts.
Griffin asks Little to meet him at Griffen's old house, where Little murdered his brother, now abandoned and boarded up.
Griffen, full of hate and wanting vengeance, attacks Little from behind and attempts to stab him.
They fight and fall through a second story window and fall to the street outside.
Both are hurt.
Little tells Griffin that he's leaving for Belfast.
He explains why he killed Griffen's brother.
He tells Griffen to "get rid of me", to tell his family that he's killed Little and to live his life for them, not for vengeance against Little.
Soon after, Griffin attends a therapy group and tells them, crying, that he wants to be a good father for his daughters.
He calls Little and tells him, "We're finished."
Little appears happy and befuddled, not quite what to do next.
Is this the five minutes of Heaven?
I'm also befuddled.

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dvdwatcher
Aug 17, 2012

I recommend this one. The two main actors were outstanding, but especially James Nesbitt. What a great performance from him. Well worth seeing.

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Cannes
Feb 11, 2012

A good insight into how middle eastern myth (Religion), has ruined our Celtic\Keltic nations. Cromwell was no help either... Great movie.

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TREVOR E TAYLOR
Dec 05, 2011

This is a very emotionally gripping film and one of the best that I've seen in my life.

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alaquiox
Jul 24, 2011

It shows that every country has issues with young people and their 'ready to kill' mentality.

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