The Violent Enemy

The Violent Enemy is a 1968 film directed by Don Sharp and starring Tom Bell, Susan Hampshire, Ed Begley, and Noel Purcell. The plot concerns an IRA plot to blow up a British power station.[2]

The Violent Enemy
Directed byDon Sharp
Produced byWilfred Eades
Written byEdmund Ward
Based onnovel by Jack Higgins
StarringTom Bell
Susan Hampshire
Ed Begley
Noel Purcell
Music byJohn Scott (as Patrick John Scott)
CinematographyAlan Hume
Edited byThom Noble
Release date
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was originally known as Come the Hero and filming began in Waterford in October 1968.[1]


IRA bomb expert Sean Rogan escapes from prison, and is reluctantly recruited into a scheme to blow up a British electronics factory back in Ireland.


Critical reception

Sky Movies described it as, "one of only a handful of British films to deal with the troubles in Ireland. Played as a melodrama, the film is efficiently directed by action specialist Don Sharp. Tom Bell has the right air of disillusionment about him as the IRA man who's learned moderation in a British jail".[3] The Radio Times noted, "it's efficiently made, if unsurprising, and familiar American actor Ed Begley is worth watching as the fanatical Irish mastermind behind the scheme."[4]


  1. Filming starts in Waterford. Was shot in Ardmore Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow and on location in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The Irish Times (1921-Current File) [Dublin, Ireland] 12 Oct 1968: 8.
  2. The Violent Enemy at BFI
  3. "The Violent Enemy".
  4. John Gammon. "The Violent Enemy". RadioTimes.
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