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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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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Gerard Quigley
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Frank Higgins
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Farnsworth
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Harrington
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Danny Boyle
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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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Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering | See all certifications »
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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Sons and Warriors  »

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$114,309 (USA) (29 December 1996)

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$608,032 (USA) (9 February 1997)
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This was to have originally been a production of American Playhouse, a division of PBS, that would have co-financed the film with The Samuel Goldwyn Company. However the folding of the American Playhouse label combined with Goldwyn's financial troubles led to the film going into turnaround, where it was eventually produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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Great Soundtrack! Too Bad the Movie is BORING. . . .
13 November 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The music from "Some Mother's Son", composed and conducted by Bill Whelan, is hauntingly beautiful. Eleanor McEvoy's vocal on "The Seabird" is outstanding.

However, it is too bad the storyline in the movie doesn't match the quality of the music. Quite frankly, the movie was boring!

Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan give first rate performances as the mothers (Kathleen Quigley and Annie Higgins) of two IRA terrorists imprisoned following a rocket attack on British soldiers. David O'Hara (Frank Higgins) plays the hard core murderer who appears to enjoy killing the British. Aiden Gillen is Gerard Quigley, the unlikely terrorist, who aids his friend Higgins in the attack. O'Hara and Gillen are very believable in their roles. In fact all of the actors are good.

The problem is with the storyline and lack of action after the initial rocket attack and subsequent capture of Higgins and Quigley. The scene involving the IRA's retaliation murder of the Maze prison guards happens far too quickly for the viewer to understand what is going on. And let's face, watching people starve to death is not very exciting.

I still gave this movie 6 out of 10, because of the fine acting and music.

Irish44


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