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Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

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Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
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Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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An epic tale of passion and destiny. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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El precio de la libertad  »

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Box Office

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,052, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,092,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,900,000
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Trivia

After he had delivered a hit in the form of Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) to its studio, David Geffen asked Neil Jordan what he would like to make next. Jordan unearthed a script he had written twelve years earlier - Michael Collins (1996). See more »

Goofs

When the cabinet are trying to convince Collins to engage in civil war Arthur Griffith says 'They have occupied the GPO, O'Connell Street, Limerick....'. O'Connell Street was only so named in 1924. In 1922 when this takes place it was still called Sackville Street. See more »

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[first lines]
Joe O'Reilly: [dictating a letter] You've got to think of him the way he was... He was what the times demanded. And life without him seems impossible. But he's dead. And life is possible. He made it possible.
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Opening scroll: At the turn of the century Britian was the foremost world power and the British Empire stretched over two-thirds of the globe. Despite the extent of its power its most troublesome colony had always been the one closest to it, Ireland For seven hundred years Britain's rule over Ireland had been resisted by attempts at rebellion and revolution, all of which ended in failure. Then, in 1916, a rebellion began, to be followed by a guerilla war which would change the nature of that rule forever. The mastermind behind that war was Michael Collins. His life and death defined the period, in its triumph, terror and tragedy. This is his story. See more »

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References Lumière et compagnie (1995) See more »

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Civil War
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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Flawed but a good film nonetheless ....
12 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

What worries me about films based on historical characters and events, is that a lot of people take them at face value and accept them as fact whereas very few of them are completely accurate, and this film is no exception. However, despite the inaccuracies and speculations, it's a good film. Liam Neeson in particular gives a great performance in the title role, really bringing the complexities of the character to life. Rickman is also good as DeValera. Julia Roberts is horribly miscast and I can only think she was in it to boost box office ratings - although I would have hardly thought that necessary with Neeson and Rickman as the main characters. To be fair her character was pretty superfluous anyway and only included to add some romantic interest.

Overall it's worth a watch, although if you really want to know about the British/Irish conflict read a book!


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