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Release Date: October 11th, 1996

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 1997

R|2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary
In the early 20th century, Michael Collins (Liam Neeson) leads the Irish Republican Army with the help of his friends Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn) and Eamon de Valera (Alan Rickman), in a violent battle for Ireland's independence from Britain. But, when he fears the defeat of his revolution, Collins negotiates a treaty with the British, deeming him a traitor to the IRA. When he receives orders to murder his friends, Collins must decide where his loyalties lie.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart, Brendan Gleeson, Stuart Graham

Director: Neil Jordan

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Geffen Pictures, Warner Brothers

Keywords: Quest, Rousing, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The movie moves confidently when it focuses on Collins and his best friend and co-strategist Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn). But it falters with the unnecessary character of Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts), who is in love with both men, and they with her. show more

  • Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts. show more

  • And while the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness. show more

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Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (1996)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)