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Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

Neil Jordan, Liam Neeson | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Starting with Ireland's bloody Easter Rebellion of 1916 and ending with his untimely death, this brilliantly photographed epic from director Neil Jordan tells the charged story of Michael "Mickey" Collins. An IRA founder whose innovative guerrilla tactics succeeded in bringing freedom from British rule, Collins remains a controversial but much respected political figure, who is skillfully embodied in the film by Liam Neeson. Aidan Quinn plays his longtime friend Harry, and Julia Roberts, sporting a nice brogue and lovely period costumes, is Katie, the woman they both love. Jordan staged most of the battles, riots, ceremonies, and speeches at their actual locations in Ireland with a cast of thousands and a great eye for period detail. The result is a film that is both historically evocative and stunningly beautiful thanks to the breathtaking cinematography of Chris Menges. The film is also surprisingly nonjudgmental in its depiction of Collins's appalling but inarguably successful methods of "bloody mayhem." Stephen Rea and Alan Rickman costar, with Elliot Goldenthal contributing a rich Oscar-nominated score.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 085391420521

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

Director:Neil Jordan
Leading Role:Liam Neeson
eBay Product ID: EPID3275651

Editorial reviews

"...A passionate, probing epic..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/31/1996)

"...Intelligent, enormously accomplished....Menges' images are seriously artful yet tremendously vital, and it is great to see a master doing what he does best..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (09/02/1996)

"...An epic true story, the very stuff of cinema, that has been transferred to film with matching intelligence, skill and elan..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (10/11/1996)

"...A powerful film..."
Sight and Sound - Charles Townshend (11/01/1996)

"...A classic performance from Neeson....Roberts is charming..." -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker (11/01/1996)

"...Neeson gives a performance charged with zest and conviction..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/25/1996)

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Created: 01/06/11

Michael Collins

Review For: Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

This is a truly excellent movie by Neil Jordan, describing the brief but dynamic life of Michael Collins, an Irish patriot largely unknown and ignored until this picture. Liam Neeson portrays Collins with his usual charisma and acting skill, with wonderful supporting performances by Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, and the always-terrific Alan Rickman. The only unfortunate casting is that of Julia Roberts as Kitty, the woman caught between Collins and Harry Boland (Quinn); she has no chemistry with either man, so her nuances never catch fire, and her entire performance seems stilted and flat.

Other than that, however, the movie is gripping; it underscores the overall tragedy of Ireland, finally freeing itself from British domination and interference, and subtly offers hope that someday, in the far future perhaps, The Troubles will be over in Northern Ireland, and the country will be whole once again.

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Created: 02/05/10

great

Review For: Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

I love this movie because it's about true history, Ireland and it's greatest hero
Michael (Big Mick) Collins this tells his story, and a great doctumentry after the movie i would ask every one the get a copy and understand the fight for freedom.

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Created: 06/08/11

Excellent, on St Patric's day everyone is Irish watch the history begin

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

Great movie that should stir an interest in Irish history.
The beginnings of understanding the "Troubles", any one with Irish ancestors should watch. There are some things added to make this interesting to some people (after all we must have a love connection). Get into your heratige, read a little about Collins before watching, it will make for a better understanding if you do not know anything about the invasion of Ireland from the 1300's to today.
Do not go into this thinking it was strictly a religious conflict, it happened that way because of the times and who ruled.
Compare the treatment of the people by those with the power considered to be of a lesser class., See the beginnings of people who fight back for equality. If the government will not protect it's people don't they have a right to protect and defend themselves.
Compare 20th century Ireland to the civil rights movement in America, go back further, the treatment of the Native American and Americans treatment of fellow Americans during the time of reconstruction in the South.
Think for yourselves, what seperates a rebel from a hero.
Look at America's heros and think what they would be called if America had not prevailed. Before claiming this was a war between religions, read about Wolf Tone and his attempt to unite Ireland, look up the "Prod Squad".... conflict of interest? I think not, standing up for the rights people are due, simply put "standing up to a bully".
Let us pray that God will give equality to every man, woman and child in Ireland. Let Ireland rule itself by the ballot and not the gun.
Watch this movie, think for yourselves, you deceide if this was the way to bring attention to the plight of the Irish.
But don't stop here...READ...watch other movies showing people protecting themselves when the people who are suppose to protect them are the people they needed protection from.

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Created: 02/19/09

Michael Collins - one of the best ever

Review For: Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

A deceased relative of mine used to send Bernadette Devlin $500 a month for most of his life. I only mention this to illustrate what a pro-Free Ireland atmosphere I lived in, even in America. While neither my pocketbook, nor perhaps sentiments, extend to quite that level, you can see how easy it would've been to disappoint me. When Michael Collins first appeared in the local theatre, I stayed literally all day. Even if you have no such background, caring nothing for history or human rights, this is a great movie. Script, direction, casting/acting all superb. Way too violent for youngsters. Before you get on your high horse about that, be aware the violence is not gratuitous. Did the American colonies just send Britain a polite letter requesting independence and get a gracious okay in reply? If you can stomach Mel Gibson's Patriot movie - which I also loved - then the movie Michael Collins should get the same consideration. Liam Neeson is terribly easy on the eyes, too.

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Created: 10/16/10

About the man for the title; but, more events involved

Review For: Michael Collins (DVD, 1997)

Liam Neeson and a great support staff. That is main reason for buying the video. Some detrators insist the events protrayed are not all as occurred historically. I'm unfamiliar with that era but apparantly Michael Collins was a strong-willed leader amongs others and perhaps the director could have strived to be even-sided about those events instead of a commercial issue.

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