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Hunger (2008)

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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Helen Madden ...
Des McAleer ...
Geoff Gatt ...
Rory Mullen ...
Ben Peel ...
Helena Bereen ...
Paddy Jenkins ...


Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Written by Icon

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A compelling and unforgettable portrayal of life within the maze prison at the time of 1981 IRA hunger strike. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fome  »

Box Office


£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,413 (UK) (31 October 2008)


$154,084 (USA) (5 June 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The medical attendant with a mustache who takes care of Bobby Sands in the hospital has 'UDA' tattooed on his left hand. UDA stands for Ulster Defence Association, a loyalist paramilitary organization. See more »


Raymond Lohan's Ford Granada is a Mk2 Facelift, which was released in winter 1981 and would've appeared on Irish roads in 1982. See more »


Bobby Sands: I have my belief, and in all its simplicity that is the most powerful thing.
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Version of Some Mother's Son (1996) See more »


Performed by Maya Beiser
Composed by Michael Gordon
Published by Red Poppy in association with G. Schirmir, Inc.
Bang On A Can - Classics CA21010
Cantaloupe Music October 08, 2002
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One of the most beautiful and innovative films I've seen in years
8 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a really amazing story told in a new kind of cinematic style that is powerful and requires few words at all to convey the depth and breadth of ideas and emotions. It has some weird plot shifts in that it follows one set of protagonists and then shifts to the Bobby Sands character but it didn't bother me at all because you come to realize that all of the prisoners in the story are essentially interchangeable and that in fact in a different country, under different political conditions "it could be you or me."

The hieroglyphic storytelling is so masterful, the director can create an entire turn of a phrase in a single shot just with a simple shallow rack focus.

Performances are stunning and require a lot of self-sacrifice on the part of the actors. Over all it is one of the most beautiful (in all its nightmareishness) and innovative films I have seen in many years.

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