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Michael Collins (1996)

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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the British and who negotiated Ireland's independence in the 1920s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe O'Reilly
Richard Ingram ...
British Officer
John Kenny ...
Ronan McCairbre ...
Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
James Connolly (as Michael Dwyer)
Martin Murphy ...
Gary Whelan ...
Ned Broy


Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the 'Lion of Ireland', who led the IRA against British rule and founded the Irish Free State (Eire) in 1921. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Ireland, 1916. His dreams inspired hope. His words inspired passion. His courage forged a nation's destiny. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El precio de la libertad  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$187,052 (USA) (11 October 1996)


$11,030,963 (USA) (28 February 1997)

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Gabriel Byrne was attached to the role of Michael Collins when Michael Cimino was set to direct. See more »


During the raid on Four Courts, over the shoulder of the leftmost soldier a 1980s-vintage bus can be seen. See more »


[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 »


Featured in The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) See more »


She Moved Through The Fair
Arranged by Elliot Goldenthal
Orchestrated by Matthias Gohl
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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Beautiful Cinematography Highlight This Biography
26 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know if Hollywood was distorting history but someone who knows the story of Michael Collins assured me this was a pretty accurate portrayal of him in here, which makes this film go even higher in my ratings, because it's definitely entertaining and is spectacularly photographed. There is more blue color in here - beautiful blue - than in any movie I've ever seen. It looks just gorgeous on DVD.

Liam Neeson's charismatic portrayal of Collins keeps you riveted to the screen, even though it's a fairly long movie. Julia Roberts and Alan Rickman seemed a bit miscast. Being American and British, respectively, they weren't quite believable as Irishmen, perhaps because I'm used to hearing them as they normally talk. I also don't like to hear the Lord's name in vain so often as what was in here, but that seems commonplace among the Irish, at least in all the movies I've seen and books I've read (and my relatives, half of whom are Irish!)

Anyway, this is a very interesting story with a nice combination of drama, action and romance. Very much recommended regardless of anyone's stance on Irish-English relations.

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