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Some Mother's Son (1996)

 -  Drama | History  -  25 December 1996 (USA)
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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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Annie Higgins
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Frank Higgins
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Farnsworth
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Harrington
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Alice Quigley
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Theresa Higgins
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Liam Quigley
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Young Turk
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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 <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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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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Drama | History

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Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering | See all certifications »
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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sons and Warriors  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$608,032 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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Character actor Robert Lang was reunited on screen in this film opposite Helen Mirren nearly 25 years after portraying her father in Savage Messiah (1972) by Ken Russell. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch
from Cantata BWV 56
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by New Bach Collegium of Leipzig
Courtesy of Capriccio Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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touching
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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