Michael Collins (1996)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Thriller  |  25 October 1996 (USA)
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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK and who helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State.



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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 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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 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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Did You Know?


John Boorman's short segment from Lumière and Company (1995) was filmed on the set of this movie (most precisely the location used for the Easter Rising sequence) and features actors Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea and Alan Rickman. See more »


When Michael Collins returns from England after the negotiation, he rides a car with Harry Boland and the head of a woman can be seen through the back window. The woman walks at the same speed as the car and remains seen in the same corner of the window, even though the car is increasingly speeding throughout the shot. 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 »


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One of the greatest films of the past few years
23 April 2001 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

This film is a brilliant account of the life of Michael Collins. It starts with the Easter Rising of 1916 and ends with his death in 1922. Between that time he managed to negotiate the first treaty of Independence for Ireland. Liam Neeson does brilliantly as "the big fella" and Aidan Quinn also is brilliant at portraying Collin's best friend Harry Boland. Apart from these other great stars in the film are Alan Rickman, Stephen Rea, Charles Dance, Ian Hart and Julia Roberts. Unfortunately some events portrayed in the film are historically incorrect and you get the feeling they were only included to add more drama to the film.

This is definetly a film worth watching and the DVD is even better, featuring a documentary on the real Michael Collins.

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