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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Higgins
Gerard Quigley
Frank Higgins
Danny Boyle
Alice Quigley
Fr. Daly
Dan Gordon ...
Inspector McPeake
Grainne Delany ...
Theresa Higgins
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Liam Quigley
Robert Lang ...
Government Minister
Young Turk


Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons. Written by Alexander Lum <>

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Between love and loyalty... Between life and death... Lies a choice no mother should have to make.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sons and Warriors  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$114,309 (USA) (27 December 1996)


$608,032 (USA) (7 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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First full length feature film of Tom Hollander. See more »


Outside the prison you can clearly see an Austin Metro Mk2 which was not released till late 1984. This film is based in 1981. See more »


Farnsworth: We want to make the prisons an asset, not a liability. It is in the prisons that we will break the backs of the IRA.
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Version of Hunger (2008) See more »


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5 March 2004 | by (U.S.A) – See all my reviews

Its ashame that more people don't know about this subject. I found this film to be very touching with a very strong moral. Yes the movie is about the I.R.A. and some of its most famous 'soldiers', however, the film touched on who is affected by these actions. I don't agree with the I.R.A but found myself empathetic to the families of the prisoners involved. Despite what the previous poster stated, this movie was pre-911 and touches not on the terrorists acts, but on the consquences of their actions. Helen Mirren was brilliant in this movie, as always. Its not exactley Michael Collins on the subject, and a lot of it was 'glamorized' for Hollywood, but all in all worth watching.

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