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Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 31 October 2008 (UK)
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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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An odyssey, in which the smallest gestures become epic and when the body is the last resource for protest. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (UK)  »

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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?


Michael Fassbender had to go on a medically monitored crash diet to portray Bobby Sands. 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 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.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


Performed by Maya Beiser
Composed by Michael Gordon
Published by Red Poppy in association with G. Schirmir, Inc.
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Wasted Opportunity
11 June 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The story of Bobby Sands had so much potential, and so many parallels with our current struggles with Terrorism, and the power of the state to deal with and squash dissent. The film instead is incredibly thin, relying on the shock of cells pasted with excrement, methodical beatings and institutional bastardization. In brief, the film depicts the brutalization of the prisoners as much as it does of the prison guards; it observes the horror that hunger strikers go through; and it observes the limited impact it has on the state. So what. They're facts we're all very familiar with. What it chooses not to do is observe the impact this event had in the places it really mattered... in the halls of power, in the streets of Belfast, and around the world. Bobby Sand's hunger strike and subsequent death raised the profile of the Irish people's struggle around the planet, and as such, that was it's only success. Those events are dealt briefly with twice.... in the long and boring conversation Bobby has with the Priest, and in the film's coda. This was lazy film-making.

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