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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »

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Terry George
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Kathleen Quigley
Fionnula Flanagan ... Annie Higgins
Aidan Gillen ... Gerard Quigley
David O'Hara ... Frank Higgins
John Lynch ... Bobby Sands
Tom Hollander ... Farnsworth
Tim Woodward ... Harrington
Ciarán Hinds ... Danny Boyle
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Alice Quigley
Gerard McSorley ... Fr. Daly
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ... Inspector McPeake
Grainne Delany Grainne Delany ... Theresa Higgins
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Liam Quigley
Robert Lang ... Government Minister
Stephen Hogan ... Young Turk
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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Between love and loyalty... Between life and death... Lies a choice no mother should have to make.

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Drama | History

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Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering | See all certifications »
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Ireland | USA

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English | Irish

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sons and Warriors See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,309, 29 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$608,032, 9 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gerard McSorley (Fr Daly) played another priest, Fr Todd Unctious, in a sitcom Christmas special from the same year of this film's release - Father Ted (1995) See more »

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The film is clearly set in a border seaside fishing village in Ireland. However, Kathleen is clearly seen voting in the Fermanagh-South Tyrone by-election: a completely land-locked constituency. See more »

Quotes

Farnsworth: We want to make the prisons an asset, not a liability. It is in the prisons that we will break the backs of the IRA.
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Star of Desire
Composed by Scott Wooldridge & Brian Wooldridge
Performed by The Wooldridge Bros.
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment and Don't Records
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Great Soundtrack! Too Bad the Movie is BORING. . . .
13 November 1999 | by irish44See all my reviews

The music from "Some Mother's Son", composed and conducted by Bill Whelan, is hauntingly beautiful. Eleanor McEvoy's vocal on "The Seabird" is outstanding.

However, it is too bad the storyline in the movie doesn't match the quality of the music. Quite frankly, the movie was boring!

Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan give first rate performances as the mothers (Kathleen Quigley and Annie Higgins) of two IRA terrorists imprisoned following a rocket attack on British soldiers. David O'Hara (Frank Higgins) plays the hard core murderer who appears to enjoy killing the British. Aiden Gillen is Gerard Quigley, the unlikely terrorist, who aids his friend Higgins in the attack. O'Hara and Gillen are very believable in their roles. In fact all of the actors are good.

The problem is with the storyline and lack of action after the initial rocket attack and subsequent capture of Higgins and Quigley. The scene involving the IRA's retaliation murder of the Maze prison guards happens far too quickly for the viewer to understand what is going on. And let's face, watching people starve to death is not very exciting.

I still gave this movie 6 out of 10, because of the fine acting and music.

Irish44


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