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Michael Collins (1996)

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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

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Neil Jordan

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Neil Jordan
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... Joe O'Reilly
Julia Roberts ... Kitty Kiernan
Richard Ingram Richard Ingram ... British Officer
Liam Neeson ... Michael Collins
Aidan Quinn ... Harry Boland
John Kenny John Kenny ... Patrick Pearse
Ronan McCairbre Ronan McCairbre ... Thomas MacDonagh
Jer O'Leary ... Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
Mike Dwyer ... James Connolly (as Michael Dwyer)
Martin Murphy ... Captain Lee-Wilson
Alan Rickman ... Eamon de Valera
Sean McGinley ... Smith
Gary Whelan ... Hoey
Frank O'Sullivan Frank O'Sullivan ... Kavanagh
Stephen Rea ... Ned Broy
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Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Ireland, 1916. His dreams inspired hope. His words inspired passion. His courage forged a nation's destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio de la libertad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,052, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,092,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,900,000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite containing several brutal scenes of violence, the film was given a very lenient 'PG' rating in Ireland mainly because of its historical context. Sheamus Smith, the censor, issued a press statement defending his decision, claiming the film was a landmark in Irish cinema and that he believed "because of the subject matter, parents should have the option of making their own decision as to whether their children should see the film or not." The quad poster used to advertise the film in Ireland carried a warning message that read, "WARNING TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: This film includes scenes depicting explicit cruelty and violence along with crude language. It is advised that children under 12 years be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian." The film subsequently became the second most successful movie ever released in Ireland. See more »

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The film's introduction states that the United Kingdom was the foremost world power at the beginning of the 20th century. However this is not true as the UK was being surpassed economically and industrially by both Germany and the United States. In addition the Imperial German Navy had almost eclipsed the Royal Navy in size, threatening the UK's ability to hold onto its Empire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe O'Reilly: [dictating a letter] You've got to think of him the way he was... He was what the times demanded. And life without him seems impossible. But he's dead. And life is possible. He made it possible.
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Crazy Credits

Opening scroll: At the turn of the century Britian was the foremost world power and the British Empire stretched over two-thirds of the globe. Despite the extent of its power its most troublesome colony had always been the one closest to it, Ireland For seven hundred years Britain's rule over Ireland had been resisted by attempts at rebellion and revolution, all of which ended in failure. Then, in 1916, a rebellion began, to be followed by a guerilla war which would change the nature of that rule forever. The mastermind behind that war was Michael Collins. His life and death defined the period, in its triumph, terror and tragedy. This is his story. See more »

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Easter Rebellion
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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One of the greatest films of the past few years
23 April 2001 | by joe_courtney_ukSee all my reviews

This film is a brilliant account of the life of Michael Collins. It starts with the Easter Rising of 1916 and ends with his death in 1922. Between that time he managed to negotiate the first treaty of Independence for Ireland. Liam Neeson does brilliantly as "the big fella" and Aidan Quinn also is brilliant at portraying Collin's best friend Harry Boland. Apart from these other great stars in the film are Alan Rickman, Stephen Rea, Charles Dance, Ian Hart and Julia Roberts. Unfortunately some events portrayed in the film are historically incorrect and you get the feeling they were only included to add more drama to the film.

This is definetly a film worth watching and the DVD is even better, featuring a documentary on the real Michael Collins.


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