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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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John Kenny ...
Patrick Pearse
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Thomas MacDonagh
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Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
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James Connolly (as Michael Dwyer)
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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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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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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Many of the Black and Tans served with the 10th Irish Division during World War I. See more »

Goofs

The film's introduction states that the United Kingdom was the foremost world power at the beginning of the 20th century. However this is not true as the UK was being surpassed economically and industrially by both Germany and the United States. In addition the Imperial German Navy had almost eclipsed the Royal Navy in size, threatening the UK's ability to hold onto its Empire. See more »

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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 »

Connections

References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

She Moved Through The Fair
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Arranged by Elliot Goldenthal
Orchestrated by Matthias Gohl
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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