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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
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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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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 »


The film is clearly set in a border seaside fishing village in Ireland. However, Kathleen is clearly seen voting in the Fermanagh-South Tyrone by-election: a completely land-locked constituency. 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 »


Star of Desire
Composed by Scott Wooldridge & Brian Wooldridge
Performed by The Wooldridge Bros.
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment and Don't Records
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A harrowing and haunting reminder of the Irish hunger strikes
23 August 2005 | by (classic film/tv site NoirDame.com) – See all my reviews

There are some excellent, nuanced performances in this movie, particularly from the two leads, Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan (an underrated character actress best known for her work in "The Others"). But by no means is this easy to watch - and it's best appreciated, whatever your view on the long-standing conflict, if you have some idea of the history first, and the passion that still surrounds Bobby Sands. Tim Pat Coogan's "The Troubles," while a mammoth volume, summarizes the death and destruction that have been visited on all three of the major players - British, Catholic, Protestant.

Interestingly, Helen Mirren also starred in "Cal", another movie about the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland, playing a Protestant widow who falls in love with a Catholic man. In both movies, Mirren's character endures the unthinkable - watching the people she loves best being torn by sectarian violence. Yet in "Cal," Mirren's character is more passive, having things "happen" to her. In "Some Mother's Son", Mirren and Flanagan take action, their passion for their children stirring them to activism, right or wrong.

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