Michael Collins

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The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. In 1916, the British government ruled Ireland with a firm and cruel hand, as they had for 700 years. When a group of Irish rebels staged a six-day siege at Dublin's General Post Office, only one of the leaders was able to escape execution -- Eamon De Valera Alan Rickman, an American citizen of Irish blood. A number of De Valera's followers are sent to prison, ...
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The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. In 1916, the British government ruled Ireland with a firm and cruel hand, as they had for 700 years. When a group of Irish rebels staged a six-day siege at Dublin's General Post Office, only one of the leaders was able to escape execution -- Eamon De Valera Alan Rickman, an American citizen of Irish blood. A number of De Valera's followers are sent to prison, and one of them, Michael Collins Liam Neeson, walked out of jail convinced that a new approach was needed to free his homeland from British rule. With his compatriot Harry Boland Aidan Quinn, Collins formed the Irish Volunteers, who used a combination of terrorist violence and guerilla warfare to attack the British where their defenses were weakest, and employed espionage and a key inside informant Stephen Rea to learn what the British planned to do next -- and what they knew about Collins and his supporters. Collins' strategic skills and talent for warfare made a major impact on the British, and he became the hero of the new-born Republican Movement, which seemed to offer a real hope of freedom, despite the violent reprisals of the vicious paramilitary police, the Black and Tans. De Valera, however, was often in conflict with Collins in terms of the methods and approach of their struggle. Collins also found himself in a different sort of conflict with Boland when he fell in love with his girlfriend, a strong-willed advocate of Irish freedom named Kitty Kiernan Julia Roberts. Eager to gain support for the Republican cause, De Valera sought economic and military support from the U.S.; when he returned, the Volunteers seemed to have finally won a real victory, as the British government announced that they were willing to formally negotiate with them. While Collins was once the radical and De Valera was the moderate, once negotiations began, Collins sought to end the violence that he saw killing so many young people and was willing to agree to a compromise that would create the Irish Free State. While the agreement would still leave final political control with the British, it would bring a greater self-determination to Ireland, and Collins believed that it was a crucial first step that could lead, in time, to true freedom for his people. De Valera, however, was strongly opposed to the treaty with Britian, and this led to violence among pro- and anti-treaty factions; soon Ireland's most loved leader was now branded a traitor by many of his countrymen. Michael Collins was voted Best Picture at the 1996 Venice Film Festival, and Liam Neeson was awarded the prize for Best Actor.
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Writer-director Neil Jordan's most remarkable strength might be his ability to create a rich sense of time and place. The best of his films seamlessly combine story and atmospheric visuals, a quality evident in Michael Collins, his biopic about the legendary Irish freedom fighter. With the help of cinematographer Chris Menges and production designer Anthony Pratt, Jordan splendidly re-creates Ireland of the 1910s and 1920s, refurbishing actual locations to realistically evoke the era. Some felt that Jordan misrepresented certain events, mythologizing a man whom many consider a terrorist; it's clear, however, that his is a very subjective, personalized portrait. Liam Neeson's portrayal of the charismatic title character is as strong as his work in 1993's Schindler's List, though he would be all but forgotten in the year-end awards races. Menges would receive an Academy Award nomination for his camerawork.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • UPC: 085391420538
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Michael Collins
Aidan Quinn Harry Boland
Stephen Rea Ned Broy
Alan Rickman Eamon De Valera
Julia Roberts Kitty Kiernan
Paul Hickey , Dublin Castle Soldier
Ian Hart Joe O'Reilly
Barry Barnes Free State Soldier
Paul Bennett Cosgrave
Paraic Breathnach Santry the Blacksmith
Laura Brennan Rosie
Cafe Orchestra Orchestra in Restaurant
Claude Clancy Vaughan's Hotel Clerk
Tony Clarkin Soldier on Station
Denis Conway Republican
Colm Coogan Squad Man
Liam D'Staic Austin Stack
Charles Dance Soames
Malcolm Douglas Officer in Park
Michael Dwyer James Connolly
Michael James Ford Black and Tan
Brendan Gleeson Liam Tobin
David Gorry Charlie Dalton
Stuart Graham Tom Cullen
Aiden Grennell Chaplain at Lincoln Jail
Max Hafler Black and Tan on Lorry
Joe Hanley Squad Man
Luke Hayden McCrae
Richard Ingram British Officer
Jim Isherwood Man Following Broy
Aidan Kelly Gresham Hotel Bellboy
John Kenny Patrick Pearse
Frank Laverty Sean McKeoin
Gary Lydon Squad Youth
Michael McCabe Journalist
Vinnie McCabe Speaker in the Dáil
Roman McCairbe Thomas McDonagh
Ian McElhinney Belfast Detective
Sean McGinley Smith
Gerard McSorley Cathal Brugha
Gary Paul Mullen Young Gunman
Brian "Joker" Mulvey Croke Park Hurler
Martin Murphy Captain Lee-Wilson
Tom Murphy Vinny Byrne
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Collins' Assassin
Peter O'Brien Pianist in Restaurant
Ger O'Leary Thomas Clarke
Owen O'Neill Rory O'Connor
Frank O'Sullivan Kavanagh
Aisling O'Sullivan Girl in Bed
Frank Patterson Tenor in Restaurant
Martin Phillips Officer in Bed
Gary Powell Black and Tan on Lorry
Owen Roe Arthur Griffith
Dave Seymour Lincoln Taxi Driver
Jean Kennedy Smith
Alan Stanford Vice-Consul McCready
Gary Whelan Hoey
Mal Whyte Officer in Bath
David Wilmot Squad Youth
Don Wycherley Republican
Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director, Screenwriter
J. Patrick Duffner Editor
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Tony Lawson Editor
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Redmond Morris Producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Stephen Woolley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    A few historical liberties were taken (but not nearly as many as, say, Braveheart), but that's to be expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyond Expectations

    Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins were known enemies, with diverging opinions and emotions. The movie was the best Irish film in the 90's with Rickman as a spectacular Valera and Nesson at his best with Collins, the impassioned rebel. Maybe too long for some but I thought it was a great biopic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic job by neeson and rickman

    This movie was very insightful into Ireland's fight for a free state in the early 1900's led by Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera. It starts after the Easter Rising in 1916 in which we see Collins and de Valera (inaccurately) fighting side by side. The movie was great, despite a few historical innacurracies (which are only to be expected), and Liam Neeson (Collins) and Alan Rickman (de Valera) were fantastic. (Bonus that Rickman really looked the part of Dev.)

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