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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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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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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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19 October 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I only loosely knew about the Irish Hunger Strikers when I saw "Some Mother's Son". It shocked me what the movie portrayed. It's about not only the men themselves, but how two of the mothers have to try and maintain hope as the men remain in jail, starving because they dared to resist the British occupation. True, the whole situation in Northern Ireland may be a controversial one, but this movie gives it all a humanizing aspect, showing what it really feels like to have to experience the oppression every day. Helen Mirren, as one of the mothers, turns in as good a performance as we can expect from her (why has she never won an Oscar?) as does Fionnula Flanagan, as another mother. Definitely a movie that I recommend.

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