The Journey

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

The Journey
In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley, the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual — a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region.

94 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12 (Language).
Drama, On the art circuit
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Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Catherine McCormack, Ian McElhinney, Ian Beattie, Barry Ward
Nick Hamm
ScreenplayColin Bateman
MusicStephen Warbeck
CinematographyGreg Gardiner
EditingChris Gill
Made in2016
Produced byGreenroom Entertainment, Tempo Productions Limited

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFairly frequent, mild to moderate impact, crude language.
ViolenceInfrequent low to mild impact violence.
PrejudiceLow impact, thematic and implied.
BlasphemyInfrequent low to mild impact language which may be construed as blasphemous by sensitive viewers, included in the impact of language.
Drug abuseNone
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USA MPAA rating

PG-13: Parents Strongly CautionedRated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent images and language
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What the Critics say

Die Burger
Anika Marais quote iconTwee strydrosse maak vrede.
Gabi Zietsman quote iconThough an interesting watch and entertaining, it does oversimplify an arduous process that took many people and parties to complete, as if peace for a whole country rested on these two people becoming best buddies in a single day.
21 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
75 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote icon The Journey’s narrative deficiencies undermine a powerful fact-based story, but those problems are often offset by solid work from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall.

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