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Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 31 October 2008 (Ireland)
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 »

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Biography | Drama

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

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£136,413 (UK) (2 November 2008)

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$154,084 (USA) (7 June 2009)
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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 »

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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

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 »

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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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20 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The movie is a timely piece of film-making in this era of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. I have to admit my prejudice for the film because of my past as one of the prisoners depicted in the film. Long Kesh – or the Maze as the British infamously renamed it – was the Abu Ghraib of its day. One stark difference though: unlike Abu Ghraib, no one has ever been charged with the horror and relentless torture inflicted upon naked, defenceless prisoners in Long Kesh. The film is uncompromising in its examination of the events leading up to and beyond the Hunger Strike. Michael Fassbender is frighteningly real. But I will leave it up to the words of Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian to sum it up: 'Hunger is raw, powerful film-making and an urgent reminder of this uniquely ugly, tragic and dysfunctional period in British and Irish history…'


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