The Violent Enemy

The Violent Enemy
Directed by Don Sharp
Produced by Wilfred Eades
Written by Edmund Ward
Based on novel by Jack Higgins
Starring Tom Bell
Susan Hampshire
Ed Begley
Noel Purcell
Music by John Scott (as Patrick John Scott)
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Thom Noble
Release dates
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤250,000[1]

The Violent Enemy is a film about an IRA plot to blow up a British power station.[2]

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] and 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. 1 2 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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