Geffen Pictures | Release Date: October 11, 1996
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Compi24Apr 2, 2018
Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins" may not be an entirely honest portrayal of the events and happenings surrounding the reign of Ireland's seminal freedom fighter, but it is a damn fine film, crafted by the dramatically savvy hands of a giftedNeil Jordan's "Michael Collins" may not be an entirely honest portrayal of the events and happenings surrounding the reign of Ireland's seminal freedom fighter, but it is a damn fine film, crafted by the dramatically savvy hands of a gifted storyteller, as well as a fascinating study of the unfortunate unsustainability of revolution-era politics. Liam Neeson's turn here as the titular character is one that is so clearly driven by passion and care - it's one of the best performances of his multi-textured career. And the cinematography is also extremely well tailored and tinted. Definitely an enlightening, entertaining, and challenging film overall. Expand
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RobDunlopJul 26, 2014
An excellent introduction to Ireland's war of independence, spanning from the Easter Rising in 1916 through to Irish Free State in 1922. The film was highly controversial in Ireland upon release, criticised by members of what had historicallyAn excellent introduction to Ireland's war of independence, spanning from the Easter Rising in 1916 through to Irish Free State in 1922. The film was highly controversial in Ireland upon release, criticised by members of what had historically been the largest and supporters of Eamon DeValera (played by the unparalleled of serpentine vilains, Alan Rickman) who felt the latter was painted in an unfair light in the film, and also by those who felt the father of urban guerrilla warfare was, as he would quite probably be painted if the campaign were today, a terrorist.

Liam Neeson gives a shining performance as "the Big Fella" though unfortunately let down by Julia Roberts whose accent is straight out of Darby O'Gill And The Little People, A superb cast of Irish actors including Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, Sean McGinley as and Gerard McSorley as the fanatical Cathal Brugha.

A great film for all, enjoy!
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EDGECRUSHERJul 21, 2013
Liam Neeson's portrayal is as close to the flesh and blood of Mick Collins as our generation will ever see. Although I felt the tone overall was more romanticized than necessary, and it gives de Valera a better-than-needed portrayal, I wasLiam Neeson's portrayal is as close to the flesh and blood of Mick Collins as our generation will ever see. Although I felt the tone overall was more romanticized than necessary, and it gives de Valera a better-than-needed portrayal, I was moved to tears by this film. Sinead O'Conner's singing of "(S)He Moved Through the Fair" was amazing as well. Expand
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saccyindJul 29, 2011
Michael Collins Tells A Great Tale Of Irish Freedom Fighter Michael Collins Who Shook The evil english empire And Paved The Way For The Irish Freedom.

Liam Neeson's Finest Acting Performance Till Date Direction,Music,Acting,Photography All
Michael Collins Tells A Great Tale Of Irish Freedom Fighter Michael Collins Who Shook The evil english empire And Paved The Way For The Irish Freedom.

Liam Neeson's Finest Acting Performance Till Date

Direction,Music,Acting,Photography All Were BEYOND BRILLIANT

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