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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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The 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against their treatment as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. It focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle.

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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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The 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against their treatment as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. It focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Second film in which Helen Mirren and John Lynch appear together. Both starred in Cal (1984). See more »

Goofs

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: The law clearly states that if your sons should lapse into comas, then you have the legal right to take them off the strike. Surely no mother would allow her son to die?
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Version of The Rising of the Moon (2002) See more »

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Composed & Performed by Rick Rhodes & Danny Pelfrey
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A harrowing and haunting reminder of the Irish hunger strikes
23 August 2005 | by NoirDamedotcomSee all my reviews

There are some excellent, nuanced performances in this movie, particularly from the two leads, Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan (an underrated character actress best known for her work in "The Others"). But by no means is this easy to watch - and it's best appreciated, whatever your view on the long-standing conflict, if you have some idea of the history first, and the passion that still surrounds Bobby Sands. Tim Pat Coogan's "The Troubles," while a mammoth volume, summarizes the death and destruction that have been visited on all three of the major players - British, Catholic, Protestant.

Interestingly, Helen Mirren also starred in "Cal", another movie about the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland, playing a Protestant widow who falls in love with a Catholic man. In both movies, Mirren's character endures the unthinkable - watching the people she loves best being torn by sectarian violence. Yet in "Cal," Mirren's character is more passive, having things "happen" to her. In "Some Mother's Son", Mirren and Flanagan take action, their passion for their children stirring them to activism, right or wrong.


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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

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:

$88,515, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$671,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$671,437
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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