MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 348 this week

Hunger (2008)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 39,312 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 123 user | 214 critic | 25 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 19 Mar 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 02 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 24 Oct 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hunger" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hunger (2008)

Hunger (2008) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hunger.

User Polls

38 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note;... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira
Malcolm X (1992)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo
Vincere (2009)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Gandhi (1982)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger
Wilde (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn
Che: Part One (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Laine Megaw ...
...
...
Karen Hassan ...
...
Frank McCusker ...
Lalor Roddy ...
Helen Madden ...
Des McAleer ...
Geoff Gatt ...
...
Ben Peel ...
Helena Bereen ...
Paddy Jenkins ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fome  »

Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,980 (USA) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

$154,084 (USA) (5 June 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The conversation between Sands and a Catholic priest was filmed in one continuous 17-minute, 10-second take on the first day of filming in Northern Ireland. Michael Fassbender and co-star Liam Cunningham needed 4 takes to get it right. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bobby Sands: I always felt that thief next to Jesus got off lightly.
Father Dominic Moran: Ah, but he recognized his sins.
Bobby Sands: Did he though?
Father Dominic Moran: Aye. Said as much.
Bobby Sands: When you're hung from a cross you're gonna say anything. Jesus offers him a seat next to his daddy in a place called paradise you're always gonna put your hand up and have a piece of that.
Father Dominic Moran: Aye. Even when it's nailed to your cross.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.20 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Industry
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The brutal life in the Maze Prison
6 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before Steve McQueen came along, artists turned directors trended to be awful at the job like Tracy Emin (but she has always been an awful artist). But since Steve McQueen there is hope that artists can be good storytellers, with Sam Taylor-Wood also gaining critical success with Nowhere Boy. Here Steve McQueen shows his skill with a brutal tale about the Maze Prison and the political protests IRA prisoners undertook.

In the early 1980s terrorist prisoners in Northern Ireland had their rights as political prisoners removed and IRA prisoners protest by refusing to wear prison uniforms, thereby ending up being nude, and smearing their own feces. Prison guards have to use violence even to clean prisoners and clean their cells. One prisoner, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) who suffers from the violence goes on a hunger strike to force the British government to give in to his demands. He would go on it by himself and was willing to die for his cause. To ensure that this wasn't a pointless sacrifice other IRA men would take his place other he died. As the strike continues Sands' health quickly deteriorates, with the British government standing strong against him.

McQueen shows his skills very quickly, showing the brutal nature of live and showing the dirty live of the prison cells. It is grim but effective and you get the feel of what that live was like. He also shows his ambition, with lots of wide, continuous shots throughout, the main one being when Sands speaks with a priest (Liam Cunningham) about the morality of going on hunger strike. This almost felt like a stage play. McQueen also shows his artist flair with some of the shots, but most of the time keeps the film grounded to real life.

Surprisingly McQueen shows a more balanced picture, showing a prison officer Lohan (Stuart Graham) is a human being, having to protect himself from IRA attacks, and having his wife worry for his life. But McQueen could have shown more, like terrorist attacks conducted by the IRA or British reprisals against them. I am personally a big critic of the IRA, seeing them as no more then terrorist targeting innocent civilians and now really just a criminal organisation. But despite my prejudices I was still gripped by the film, it was not Anglophobic or pro-Nationalist. An interesting parallel with today is with American treatment of Al-Qaida prisoners, where the Republicans and the Right in America want to strip them of their rights, torture them and lock them up indefinitely, whilst the Democrats want to treat them as what there really are, criminals and should have criminal trials. When it comes to fighting terrorism we need to show that we are better then sinking to their level. The film skips over the fact that Bobby Sands won an election to be an MP whilst on hunger strike.

The acting is excellent, particularly from Michael Fassbender who is quickly emerging as a massive hot prospect. He is my second choice to replace Daniel Craig, just after Matthew MacFadyen. Liam Cunningham and Stuart Graham are also worthy of note.

This is a very good film, and an excellent debut by Steve McQueen.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Prisoners trashed the new rooms. Why? linda10989
Was Sands a Terrorist? faulknerfan123
Good movie but that conversation scene was way too long Randomember
Can someone explain this to me? AlexanderSupertramp
Best Uncomfortable movies to watch i_m_pita_and
anyone felt bad for the guards carlaisthe
Discuss Hunger (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page