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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Joe O'Reilly
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Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
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Hoey
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Kavanagh
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Ned Broy
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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)  »

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El precio de la libertad  »

Box Office

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Recently released documents show that Michael Collins used former Black and Tans against the IRA during the Battle of Dublin (June 28-July 5, 1922). It is unclear whether Collins requested these reinforcements, or whether the UK government provided them because they did not believe the National Army was capable of driving the anti-Treaty forces out of Dublin. See more »

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(at around 7 mins) We see Collins and Boland on a train, and it says May 1918. They are going to a rally for a by-election, we see the famous "Put him in to get him out" election posters from the 10 May 1917 by-election in South Longford where Joseph McGuinness was the SF candidate. The road sign says Longford, there were no by-elections in May 1918, and McGuinness was the only prisoner candidate in the 1917-18 by-elections. So it is clear that it should be May 1917 and not May 1918. 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

Featured in The South Bank Show: Michael Collins (1996) See more »

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Easter Rebellion
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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Underrated
29 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very touching film. I was shocked to see the IMDb score of 6.8. The only major fault of this film is Julia Roberts. She really takes a wonderful film and turns it down a few notches. She can't keep an Irish accent, switching back and forth with her American accent throughout the duration of the film.

Anyway, Michael Collins is great to watch. The story is heartfelt, and the nuances between personal battles and patriotic duty are displayed in a very mature fashion - - to what extent will you go for your country? What will you lose? Who will you fight? Why will you do any of it? Who are your true friends? etc.

The music is FANTASTIC. Worth renting just for the listen. Of course Neison is great. So is Aidin Quinn (when I first saw this movie I thought Quinn was Irish given his name and his performance here). Alan Rickman is Alan Rickman - - which is great, though he doesn't pull off the Irish thing too well. However, given his character, Eamon de Valera, it isn't really a miscast, just takes time to get in.

If you can ignore how horrible Julia Roberts is and think about the heart and emotion behind this film while enjoying the awesome score you're in for a treat. A jewel in the rough. (my favorites)


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