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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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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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$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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Robert Redford spent a short time in Dublin in the early '80s doing research on an unrealized Michael Collins biopic. See more »

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Ned Broy provides to his new boss a picture of Michael Collins, but that same picture was taken from the same archive which Collins previously removed from his own file, a few scenes earlier. 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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Featured in The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) See more »

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Easter Rebellion
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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Great historical piece
2 February 2012 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Anyone interested in history especially that pertaining to how Ireland broke away from the United Kingdom and became it's own country definitely should check out this movie.

Liam Neeson was born to play Michael Collins, can't think of any other actor who would've been appropriate to play this role. Aidan Quinn and Alan Rickman were both also great in their roles. Julia Roberts gets way too much hate for her role in this movie. She was perfectly fine in her role and if anyone else without the attention that she brings had been in that role it wouldn't have gotten all the negative reaction that it had gotten.


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