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A moving insight into the 1981 Irish hunger strike in the Maze prison near Belfast.


Les Blair
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Mackey ... Seamus Scullion
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Ciaran
Aidan Campbell Aidan Campbell ... Declan
Tony Devlin Tony Devlin ... Madra
Kevin Elliot Kevin Elliot ... Liam
Mark O'Halloran ... Bobby Sands
Eddie Robinson Eddie Robinson ... Pat
Sean McDonagh Sean McDonagh ... Proinsias
Packy Lee ... Terry
Andrew Porter Andrew Porter ... Kevin
Fergal McElherron Fergal McElherron ... Frank Hughes
Gerry Doherty Gerry Doherty ... Macken
Mark McCrory Mark McCrory ... Morton
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ... Simpson
Gerry O'Brien ... The Governor


'H3' is a universal story of endurance and courage set inside Europe's most secure prison, the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. Here, in H3 - the bleakest of all the H-blocks - a group of young republican prisoners hold out for what they believe in, refusing to be labeled as criminals or co-operate with prison authorities. However, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is determined that these Republican prisoners will be treated like all the other common criminals in British jails, ending a special regime which allowed the inmates political status to organise life inside the jail along POW lines. The republican prisoners immediately start a 'no-wash' protest, refusing to wear prison-issue clothes or perform work duties, a protest which results in their being locked in their cells for hours on end without exercise, recreation, reading materials and with only blankets to wear for heat. After four years on this protest, morale is at an all time low and everyone knows that something ... Written by Anonymous

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Powerful, Thorough, Saddening
24 July 2005 | by sheilsy58See all my reviews

A very powerful insight into the heroics of the '81 Hunger Striekrs in Long Kesh. The film is not an OTT Hollywood Blockbuster which stops it encumbering the real life predicament faced by these martyrs; be prepared to die, or be treated like criminals.

Although he film has a republican bias, it does give an idea as to the conditions faced by both sides of the divide in Her Majesty's excuse for a prison.

Some may feel the portrayal of Bobby Sands takes away from he mythical iconic figure he is portrayed as in republican Ireland, otherwise a terrific film

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1 October 2001 (Ireland) See more »

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66 Days See more »

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Northern Ireland, UK

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Dolby Digital


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