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Some Mother's Son -- Two women from completely different social classes form an intense bond as their sons are sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their involvement in an IRA-sanctioned bombing.
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Writers (WGA):
Terry George (written by) &
Jim Sheridan (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Between love and loyalty... Between life and death... Lies a choice no mother should have to make.
Plot:
Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins See more »
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(9 articles)
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A good fictional representation of real events See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helen Mirren ... Kathleen Quigley

Fionnula Flanagan ... Annie Higgins

Aidan Gillen ... Gerard Quigley

David O'Hara ... Frank Higgins

John Lynch ... Bobby Sands

Tom Hollander ... Farnsworth

Tim Woodward ... Harrington

Ciarán Hinds ... Danny Boyle

Geraldine O'Rawe ... Alice Quigley

Gerard McSorley ... Fr. Daly
Dan Gordon ... Inspector McPeake
Grainne Delany ... Theresa Higgins
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Liam Quigley
Robert Lang ... Government Minister

Stephen Hogan ... Young Turk

Peter Howitt ... SAS Leader

Bosco Hogan ... British Captain
Jimmy Keogh ... Jimmy Higgins

John Kavanagh ... Cardinal
Oliver Maguire ... Frank Maguire
Doreen Keogh ... Mother Superior
Anna Megan ... Rosie Quigley
Hugh O'Donnell ... Paddy
John Higgins ... John Deegan
Joan Sheehy ... Woman Searcher No. 1
Mal Whyte ... Barrister
Alan Barry ... Judge
Barry Cassin ... Prosecutor
Brian Mallon ... Prison Officer Jones

Sean Lawlor ... Platoon Leader (as Seán Lawlor)
Michael Sherrie ... Assistant Governor
James Hickey ... Young Son
Karen Carlisle ... Prisoner's Girlfriend
Fiona Higgins ... Prisoner's Sister

Jer O'Leary ... Hunger Striker No. 1
Tim McDonnell ... Hunger Striker No. 2

Tony Flynn ... Cyclist
Liam Byrne ... Prisoner Murphy
Pat Mulryan ... IRA Man No. 1
Valerie Roe ... Girl in Farnsworth's Office
Deirdre McAliskey ... Woman in Court

Michael O'Sullivan ... Prison Officer Davis (as Michael F. O'Sullivan)

Jennifer Gibney ... Woman Searcher No. 2
Robert Taylor ... Election Agent
Kate Perry ... Prison Officer's Widow

Anthony Brophy ... Prisoner's Leader
Mickey McEneaney ... Merry Mac
Patrick McEneaney ... Merry Mac (as Paddy McEneaney)
Gene Berrills ... Merry Mac
Ronan O'Donoghue ... Radio Announcer
Richard Neilson ... Radio Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (uncredited)
Annie Warburton ... Prison Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry George 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Terry George (written by) &
Jim Sheridan (written by)

Produced by
Edward Burke .... producer
Patrick Farrelly .... co-producer: second unit, funeral
Arthur Lappin .... producer
Helen Mirren .... associate producer
Kate O'Callaghan .... co-producer: second unit, funeral
Jim Sheridan .... producer
Rod Stoneman .... executive producer: Bórd Scannán na Éireann/Irish Film Board
Pamala Yates .... coordinating producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Whelan 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Nuala Moiselle 
 
Production Design by
David Wilson 
 
Art Direction by
Conor Devlin 
 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bergin 
 
Makeup Department
Michèle Burke .... special makeup designer
Michèle Burke .... special makeup supervisor
Orla Carrol .... key assistant hair stylist (as Orla Carroll)
Carole Dunne .... key assistant hair stylist
Lorraine Glynn .... hair stylist trainee
Pat Hay .... makeup designer: London
Helen Johnson .... assistant makeup designer: London unit
Tara McHugh .... trainee makeup artist
Susan McKenna .... hair stylist trainee
James Mooney .... hair stylist trainee
Maire O'Sullivan .... key assistant makeup artist
Karen Pelrine .... hair stylist trainee
Stephen Rose .... chief hair designer: London
Nicola Scott .... trainee makeup artist
Val Sharlock .... hair stylist trainee
Margot Wilson .... trainee makeup artist
Danny Bellens .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special makeup lab technician (uncredited)
Cass McClure .... foam latex technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Reggie Blain .... unit manager
Gemma Fallon .... unit production manager
Angus More Gordon .... production manager: London
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Jo Andrews .... trainee assistant director
Catherine Dunne .... third assistant director: second unit
Ben Gibney .... first assistant director: Funeral second unit
Mary Gough .... third assistant director
Marcus Lynch .... trainee assistant director
Michael Murray .... first assistant director
Hannah Quinn .... third assistant director: second unit
Kevin Westley .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Addison .... carpenter: London
Alex Bassett .... carpenter
Tommy Bassett .... construction manager
James Butler .... carpenter
Paul Clayton .... stagehand trainee
Triona Coen .... dressing props
Danny Devenny .... muralist
Rich Devine .... stagehand
Gerry Drew .... chargehand carpenter
Gill Ducker .... prop buyer: London
Gill Ducker .... set dresser: London
Alan Dunne .... dressing props
Tommy Dunne .... props: funeral second unit
Andy Evans .... construction manager: London
John Fenner .... supervising art director: London
John Fitzgerald .... stagehand
Eric Fleming .... carpenter
Shane Guthrie .... stagehand trainee
Paul Hedges .... dressing props
Peter Hedges .... property master
Kevin Hudson .... props
Jimmy Irwin .... plasterer (as James Irwin)
Maurice Jones .... prop buyer
Michael Jones .... painter: London
James Kavanagh .... drapes
Rene Knol .... stand-by props
Clare Langan .... assistant art director
Noel Long .... carpenter
Mark Lowry .... assistant art director
Tom Lundy .... painter (as Tom Lundy Jr.)
Marty Lyons .... muralist
Tony Mooney .... props
David Morris .... carpenter
Philip Murphy .... stand-by props trainee
John Neligan .... props buyer trainee
Ed Norton .... carpenter (as Edward Norton)
Vivion O'Brien .... carpenter
Gary O'Donnell .... stand-by painter
Colan O'Neill .... plasterer
Des O'Neill .... plasterer
Liam O'Riain .... carpenter
Larry O'Toole .... carpenter
Larry O'Toole .... stand-by carpenter
Gary Pledger .... carpenter: London
Gerry Quigley .... stand-by stagehand
Jason Riley .... painter: London
Julia Roddy .... art director trainee
Bobby Scott .... chargehand painter
Sean Scott .... painter
Colin Smith .... stagehand: London
P.J. Smith .... dressing props: funeral second unit
Maurice Thompson .... construction runaround
David Wallace .... dressing props
Derek Wallace .... chargehand stand-by props
Olwen Weekes .... prop buyer
Joan Winters .... graphic designer: London
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... dialogue editor
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Ron Bochar .... sound effects editor
Christian Castellano .... sound re-recordist
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... assistant sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Steven Farrell .... sound trainee
Philippe Faujas .... sound mixer: second unit
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound re-recordist
Julie Lindner .... assistant sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Shem Lwanga .... sound editing intern
George Papagyris .... apprentice sound editor
John Pitt .... sound mixer: London
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Stuart Stanley .... foley editor
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Simon Baker .... special effects technician
Yves De Bono .... special effects supervisor
Mark Griffin .... special effects technician
Martin Neill .... special effects technician
Terry Schubert .... special effects
Trevor Williams .... special effects technician
Andrew Wilson .... special effects technician
Terry Rigarlsford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... optical supervisor: The Effects House
Martin Body .... digital artist: Peerless Camera Company
Steve Cutmore .... digital artist: Peerless Camera Company
Kent Houston .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunt coordinator
Dominick Hewitt .... stunts
Gary Powell .... stunts
Alan Walsh .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Borg .... generator operator: London
Darryl Byrne .... clapper loader trainee
Ken Byrne .... second camera operator: funeral second unit
John Conroy .... focus puller
Paddy Corcoran .... rigger
David Crann .... video assist operator
Con Dempsey .... gaffer
Kieran Dempsey .... best boy
Adrienne Dollard .... second clapper loader: funeral second unit
Bill Dowling .... video playback: funeral second unit
William Doyle .... electrician
Terry Edland .... gaffer: London
David Fitzgerald .... second focus puller: funeral second unit (as Dave Fitzgerald)
Tim Fleming .... second clapper loader: funeral second unit
Edward Hayes .... electrician: London
Simon Hume .... focus puller: London
Malcolm Huse .... grip: funeral second unit
Pascal Jones .... rigger
Ciaran Kavanagh .... second focus puller: funeral second unit
Wayne Leach .... electrician: London
Bill Levins .... electrician
Dochy J. Lowe .... clapper loader trainee (as Dochy Lowe)
Niall Mannion .... electrician
Don Maton .... generator operator: London
Jimmy Merrigan .... stand-by rigger (as James Merrigan)
Denis Morel .... still photographer
Spencer Murray .... clapper loader: London
Joe O'Byrne .... video camera: funeral second unit
Mickey O'Toole .... rigger
Ron Osman .... video assist operator: London
Vic Purcell .... second camera operator
Luke Quigley .... grip
Barry Read .... grip: London
Danny Reilly .... rigger
Brian Sheridan .... electrician
Matt Skinner .... second focus puller
Terry Stone .... electrician: London
Des Whelan .... camera operator
George Whelan .... electrician
Stewart Whelan .... clapper loader (as Stewart A. Whelan)
 
Casting Department
Naomi Sheridan .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clodagh Deegan .... wardrobe trainee
Gabriel O'Brien .... assistant wardrobe
Susan Scott .... costume designer trainee
Ger Scully .... wardrobe mistress
Judith Williams .... wardrobe trainee
 
Editorial Department
Marjorie Connelly .... post-production coordinator
Dermot Diskin .... first assistant editor
Naomi Geraghty .... first assistant editor
May Kuckro .... first assistant editor
Hilary Peabody .... apprentice editor
Mark Siung .... second assistant editor
Paul Ensby .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Liz Kenny .... assistant location manager
Angus More Gordon .... location manager
Jane Nolan .... location trainee
Hugh O'Donnell .... location assistant
Hilary Pym .... location trainee
Gerard Sheridan .... location trainee
 
Music Department
Andrew Boland .... music mixer
Andrew Boland .... score recordist
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor
Arlene Fishbach .... music supervisor
Darcy Proper .... assistant music editor
Bill Whelan .... conductor
Bill Whelan .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Blain .... action vehicle supervisor
Victor Blain .... driver: wardrobe truck
Dan Breen Jr. .... unit driver
Dan Breen .... transportation captain
Alan Crozier .... driver: honeywagon
Pat Dowling .... driver: camera truck
Roy Hyatt .... unit driver: London
Donald Hynes .... unit driver
Ray Keats .... unit driver: London
David Kemple .... driver: dressing props car
David Lloyd .... unit driver: London
David Modol .... driver: hair and makeup bus
Tony Mullally .... driver: minibus
Brian Sheridan .... driver: generator
Hugh Wasson .... driver: 4 way
 
Other crew
Mary Jo Andrews .... stand-in
Barbara Berkery .... dialogue coach
Louise Conroy .... production trainee
Alison Crosbie .... assistant to director
Joe Dapello .... legal service (as Joseph Dapello)
Jill Dempsey .... crowd coordinator
Emma Donnelly .... accountant trainee
Emma Donnelly .... production runner: London
Raul Dourado .... stand-in
Kay Dunne .... stand-in
Anthony Furlong .... production dailies
Louise Gaffney .... script supervisor trainee
Marilyn Goldsworthy .... assistant accountant
Phil Guy .... unit nurse
James Hickey .... legal service
John Higgins .... consultant
Harry Hill .... stand-by construction truck
Paddy Hiney .... stand-by property truck
William Jones .... machinist
Vivien Jordan .... production coordinator: London
David Kennaway .... unit location manager: London
Joe Landauer .... assistant to director
Joe Landauer .... intern
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor: London
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist
Judy Lunny .... script supervisor trainee
Marcus Lynch .... stand-in
Catherine Morris .... script supervisor
Niamh Nolan .... production coordinator
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Ira Schreck .... legal service
Clare Scully .... assistant to producer
Yvonne Shaw .... assistant accountant
Mick Tohill .... assistant to director (as Micky Tohill)
Fiona Traynor .... assistant to producers
Lizzie Turvey .... floor runner
Sue Wall .... production accountant
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor: London (as Angela Noakes)
John McKenna .... armorer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Geoff Blythe .... special thanks
Robert Bookman .... special thanks
Graham Boynton .... special thanks
Chris Bryne .... special thanks
Alan Burns .... special thanks
Simon Carmody .... special thanks
Charlie Clinton .... special thanks
Barbara Cone .... special thanks
Bob Crowdey .... special thanks
Brenda D'Arcy .... special thanks
Jonathan Demme .... special thanks
Patty Detroit .... special thanks
Bernadette Devlin .... special thanks (as Bernardette McAliskey)
Christy Dimmig .... special thanks
James Flynn .... special thanks
Bill Friedrich .... special thanks
Barbara Galawan .... special thanks
Marie George .... special thanks
Michael George .... special thanks
Oorlagh George .... special thanks
Seamus George .... special thanks
Patricia Glenholmes .... special thanks
Liz Glotzer .... special thanks
Tony Gregory .... special thanks
Bill Griffin .... special thanks
Taylor Hackford .... special thanks
Pete Hamill .... special thanks
Richard Harvey .... special thanks
Edward Higgins .... special thanks
Rita Higgins .... special thanks
Lynn Holst .... special thanks
Eileen Ivers .... special thanks
Larry Kirwan .... special thanks
Richard Klubeck .... special thanks
Ida Landauer .... special thanks
Lindsay Law .... special thanks
Kate Lennon .... special thanks (as Kathryn Lennon)
Anne Lepore .... special thanks
Jim Lyndon .... special thanks
Philomena Mackin .... special thanks
Sean Mackin .... special thanks
Ian Mausner .... special thanks
Theresa McCombe .... special thanks
Pat McKay .... special thanks
Seamus McSwiney .... special thanks
Michael Moore .... special thanks
Kevin Moriarty .... special thanks
Don Moroney .... special thanks
Paul Murphy .... special thanks
Liam Neeson .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks
Brendan O'Brien .... special thanks (as Brendan J. O'Brien)
Linda Perney .... special thanks
Mick Rafferty .... special thanks
Edward Saxon .... special thanks
Sandra Schulberg .... special thanks
Jeff Seal .... special thanks
Martin Shafer .... special thanks
Peter Sheridan Sr. .... special thanks (as Peter Sheridan)
Frankie Sheridan .... special thanks
Jeffrey Stott .... special thanks (as Jeff Stott)
Paul Swann .... special thanks
Valerie Thomas .... special thanks
Jess Wittenberg .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering
Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 (original rating) | Ireland:15 (re-rating on appeal) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First full length feature film of Tom Hollander.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hunger (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Star of DesireSee more »

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15 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A good fictional representation of real events, 31 March 2006
Author: PeterJordan from Mayo, Ireland

I saw this film when it first came out but after reading two rather diverse but equally recommended books on the subject ("Ten men dead" by David Beresford and "Nor Meekly serve my time" Edited by Brian Campbell, Laurence McKeown and Felim O'Hagen) , I figured I'd like to see it again.

The story portrayed in the film echoes the 2nd book in particular so closely at times that I expected to see the three men credited (They were actually H Block prisoners who took part in the protest and hunger strikes themselves). Of course from that perspective it is understandable that some would claim that it tends towards bias or discriminates towards a one sided view on a very complex issue.

The reality of the film is that whilst the majority of the characters save Bobby Sands are fictional, many of them, with just a little background reading are recognisable as real life people such as Fr Denis Faul, Bik McFarlane, "The Mounain Climber" and a composite of Gerry Adams/Danny Morrison.

It is a charge fairly frequently levelled at Jim Sheridan that he embellishes or takes liberty with factual real events such as in Michael Collins or In America - However, that is usually levelled by someone with an obvious axe to grind or viewing from an opposite perspective. So whilst it is desirable for a good film to document even real facts in an understandable way in less than two hours it is also nice to be entertained and have your curiosity aroused so that you can read further on the subject if you so desire. Some Mothers Son is probably one of these types of movies where the viewer's experience and insight is best enhanced by prior knowledge or at least some background of the events which out of necessity the film is compelled to synopsise and simplify some times.

The facts surrounding this turbulent period in Northern Irish history is that after a prolonged "dirty protest" to be recognised as prisoners of war instead of criminals or terrorists, in 1981 the republican H-Block prison inmates embarked on a hunger strike which by the time it had ended some 6 months later had seen ten of them die but more significantly for the republican movement in NI had seen a wider world focus on them and also had seen a new dawn towards the use of the ballot box instead of the Armalite assault rifle as a means to an end by Sin Fein/IRA which 25 years later is culminating in an electorally strong Sinn Fein and a decommissioned largely stood down IRA.

All in all therefore, as a pen picture which goes some way towards giving one a basic insight into the Northern Ireland Hunger strike of 1981 it does a good job which is greatly helped by very good performances by Helen Mirren, Fionnula O Flanigan Gerald McSorley and John Lynch in particular. Oh and if the soundtrack sounds vaguely familiar it may be because it is by Bill Whelan of Riverdance fame.

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