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Starring Irish-born Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Rickman, this extraordinary historical epic was directed by celebrated Neil Jordan and received two Academy Award nominations. Michael Collins, one of Ireland's most controversial patriots and revolutionary heroes, leads his countrymen in their fight for independence. Having come of age in the early 20th century, when a monumental history of oppression and bloodshed had divided Ireland and its people, Collins was arrested during the 1916 Easter Uprising, when Irish revolutionaries surrendered to the overwhelming military power of the British forces after a six-day standoff at Dublin's General Post Office. Upon his release, he took leadership of the Irish independence movement and strove to create a free and peaceful country. Irish pop singer/activist Sinead O'Connor provides haunting vocals in the Oscar-nominated score.
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Critics Consensus: As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role.
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Common Sense Says
Irish revolutionary biopic has strong violence and language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Michael Collins is a violent historical movie that tells the story of the Irish revolutionary who helped pave the way for Irish independence from Britain in 1949. Collins (Liam Neeson) is a principled character who dedicates his life to his cause of liberating Ireland from British rule. However, set during a fraught period of history, the movie doesn't shy away from violence and features gory gunshot wounds, police brutality, armed sieges, and explosive city warfare. In one scene, during a sports match, soldiers fire indiscriminately at unarmed civilians. There is infrequent strong language in the movie, which includes variants of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters are shown smoking cigarettes and one person is seen swigging from a liquor bottle. Historical events are introduced with short title cards that make it easier for audiences to follow the timeline.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:October 11, 1996
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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