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Michael Collins (28-Aug-1996)

Director: Neil Jordan

Writer: Neil Jordan

Music: Elliot Goldenthal

Producer: Stephen Woolley

Keywords: Drama, Biography, IRA

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Dance
Actor
10-Oct-1946   Good Morning, Babylon
Brendan Gleeson
Actor
29-Mar-1955   Mad-Eye Moody
Ian Hart
Actor
8-Oct-1964   Played John Lennon in Backbeat
Liam Neeson
Actor
7-Jun-1952   Rob Roy, Gangs of New York
Peter O'Brien
Actor
25-Mar-1960   Sam Patterson on The Flying Doctors
Aidan Quinn
Actor
8-Mar-1959   Reckless
Stephen Rea
Actor
31-Oct-1946   The Crying Game
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Actor
27-Jul-1977   Velvet Goldmine
Alan Rickman
Actor
21-Feb-1946   Die Hard
Julia Roberts
Actor
28-Oct-1967   Pretty Woman

CAST

Liam Neeson   ...   Michael Collins
Aidan Quinn   ...   Harry Boland
Stephen Rea   ...   Ned Broy
Alan Rickman   ...   Eamon de Valera
and
Julia Roberts   ...   Kitty Kiernan
Ian Hart   ...   Joe O'Reilly
Brendan Gleeson   ...   Liam Tobin
Stuart Graham   ...   Tom Cullen
Sean McGinley   ...   Smith
Gerard McSorley   ...   Cathal Brugha
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers   ...   Collins' Assassin
Charles Dance   ...   Soames
Richard Ingram   ...   British Officer
John Kenny   ...   Patrick Pearse
Ronan McCairbre   ...   Thomas McDonagh
Ger O'Leary   ...   Thomas Clarke
Michael Dwyer   ...   James Connolly
Martin Murphy   ...   Capt. Lee-Wilson
Gary Whelan   ...   Hoey
Frank O'Sullivan   ...   Kavanagh
Frank Laverty   ...   Sean McKeoin
Owen O'Neill   ...   Rory O'Connor
Liam d'Staic   ...   Austin Stack
Owen Roe   ...   Arthur Griffith
Paul Bennett   ...   Cosgrave
Claude Clancy   ...   Vaughan's Hotel Clerk
Paul Hickey   ...   Dublin Castle Soldier
Tom Murphy   ...   Vinny Byrne
David Gorry   ...   Charlie Dalton
Gary Lydon   ...   Squad Youth #1
David Wilmot   ...   Squad Youth #2
Joe Hanley   ...   Squad Man #1
Colm Coogan   ...   Squad Man #2
Aiden Grennell   ...   Chaplain at Lincoln Jail
Dave Seymour   ...   Lincoln Taxi Driver
Ian McElhinney   ...   Belfast Detective
Tony Clarkin   ...   Soldier on Station
Luke Hayden   ...   McCrae
Gary Powell   ...   Black and Tan on Lorry
Max Hafler   ...   Black and Tan on Lorry
Laura Brennan   ...   Rosie
Aidan Kelly   ...   Gresham Hotel Bellboy
Jim Isherwood   ...   Man Following Broy
Michael James Ford   ...   Black and Tan
Mal Whyte   ...   Officer in Bath
Martin Phillips   ...   Officer in Bed
Aisling O'Sullivan   ...   Girl in Bed
Malcolm Douglas   ...   Officer in Park
Brian "Joker" Mulvey   ...   Croke Park Hurler
Frank Patterson   ...   Tenor in Restaurant
Peter O'Brien   ...   Pianist in Restaurant
Cafe Orchestra   ...   Orchestra in Restaurant
Mike McCabe   ...   Journalist
Vinnie McCabe   ...   Speaker in the Dail
Alan Stanford   ...   Vice-Consul McCready
Gary Paul Mullan   ...   Young Gunman
Barry Barnes   ...   Free State Soldier
Denis Conway   ...   Republican #1
Don Wycherley   ...   Republican #2
Páraic Breathnach   ...   Santry the Blacksmith
Terry Woods   ...   Drinker in Pub

REVIEWS

Review by Bill (posted on 29-Mar-2005)

Although this movie was released 9 years ago, I just found this site. Michael Collins is an excellent movie in my opinion. It is one of a small library of films I have purchased so far in the DVD format. I am very choosy how I spend my money and this is one purchase I did not hesitate to make. Liam, Aidan, and several other of actors who have starring parts, all turned in excellent performances. Also, the young lady who played a small part as Rosie, an Irish housemaid, remeains embedded in my brain. I think it was her magical lyrical accent that accounts for this. A very moving and informative piece of history was depicted, and was very well written and directed. Would like to see more movies of this genre.


Review by Christine Turley (posted on 8-Feb-2005)

Michael Collins is a true story based on the man who got the English out of the south of Ireland and his extraordinary story. It is an amazing movie I myself was born and I now grow up in Ireland I have always known the name Michael Collins.

Liam Neeson for some ungodly reason wasn't nominated for an Oscar and despite the film's controversy I believe strongly that he should have won it (which isn't the first time that he's been robbed of an Oscar -- Schindler's List coming to mind). His performance was both moving and enthalling. Other excellent performances were by Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea and Alan Rickman. Although the latter and Julia Roberts had at times rather apalling Irish accents that is the only complaint I could make.

I was moved to tears at the final scence of his murder juxtaposed with his fiance (Roberts) buying her wedding dress with the beautiful song "Our Wedding Day" performed by Sinead O'Connor playing in the background.

I would recommend this film to anyone. A true hero's story :-)


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