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

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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 »

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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$154,084 (USA) (5 June 2009)
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Michael Fassbender had to go on a medically monitored crash diet to portray Bobby Sands. See more »

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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

Father Dominic Moran: [offering Sands a cigarette] Bit of a break from smokin' the Bible, eh?
Bobby Sands: [agrees]
Father Dominic Moran: Anyone work out which book is the best smoke?
Bobby Sands: We only smoke the Lamentations. A right miserable cigarette.
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Performed by Maya Beiser
Composed by Michael Gordon
Published by Red Poppy in association with G. Schirmir, Inc.
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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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