Michael Collins

Sat 09 July / Pálás 3 / 14:30

1996 / Ireland & United States / 133 min / Drama, Historical

Commemorating the centenary of Michael Collins’ death next month, we’re bringing Neil Jordan’s epic biopic of the Irish revolutionary hero back to the big screen.
Historical cinema has a shameful history of being more cinematic than historical, but Michael Collins, Neil Jordan’s extraordinary epic about the founder of the Irish Republican Army, is an exception. Liam Neeson’s performance as Collins is at once stirring and blood-curdling, as befits the role of a man who murdered for a cause he believed was just, but was willing to stop when he believed his objective was reached.

“This is an extremely cinematic, beautifully made David Lean-type epic…” — LA Times
Aidan Quinn is torn and tormented as revolutionary co-conspirator Harry Boland, and Alan Rickman is seamless as cold-blooded and scheming then-president Eamon De Valera. Perhaps the only jarring note in Michael Collins’ storyline is the inflated importance of Kitty Kiernan, Collins’ fiancée, with whom Boland was also infatuated.
The story of Michael Collins is inspirational, and its quintessentially Irish undercurrent of tragedy is strong enough to make a great film possible through sheer passion alone.

Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Neil Jordan
Producers: Stephen Woolley & Redmond Morris
Cast: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, Mike Dwyer, Ian Hart, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson & Gerard McSorley

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