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Michael Collins
Year:
1996
Country:
USA, UK, Ireland
Genre:
Drama, Thriller, Biography, War
IMDB rating:
7.0
Director:
Neil Jordan
Liam Neeson as Michael Collins
Richard Ingram as British Officer
Martin Murphy as Captain Lee-Wilson
John Kenny as Patrick Pearse
Ronan McCairbre as Thomas MacDonagh
Michael Dwyer as James Connolly
Frank O'Sullivan as Kavanagh
Ian Hart as Joe O'Reilly
Aidan Quinn as Harry Boland
Gary Whelan as Hoey
Julia Roberts as Kitty Kiernan
Stephen Rea as Ned Broy
Alan Rickman as Eamon de Valera
Sean McGinley as Smith
Storyline: Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the 'Lion of Ireland', who led the IRA against British rule and founded the Irish Free State (Eire) in 1921.
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Reviews
Deeply flawed but compelling
I saw this first in the now defunct Capitol Cineplex in Cork. I was surprised to see so many senior citizens in the cinema. The cineplex was so scummy it had to be something special to draw them in. Some of them might have been old enough to remember the civil war or at least to have had a close family member killed in it. Many of them were clearly moved by it particularly the end with its archive footage. It is a moving film, but you have to be careful.

One should never confuse history with entertainment and this is not a history lesson. All the major events are there, but there is a horrible bias from the director. I don't like DeValera or what he stood for, but what was hinted at the end in this movie is a travesty. If such a thing is true, you have to prove it, you can't slyly hint at it. There are other insidious things such as mortars and car-bombs which are clear reference to the 1970s-90s Northern conflict. Such weapons did not exist in 1916. To me this is an oblique way of implying that the Provos are somehow the legitimate heirs of the IRA in 1916 which of course they are not.

Despite this I enjoyed the movie a lot. The production values and acting was so good, it really felt like a timewarp. Neil Jordan is a great director, Neeson and Rickman are superb in their parts. Rickman looks so much like DeValera it is uncanny. I even liked Julia Roberts. It looks like she made a fair attempt at a Dun Laoghaire accent and of course it sounded phony. Southside Dublin accents all sound phoney to me anyway so I didn't mind. The best moment was the scene where Collins starts the civil war sitting behind a howitzer aimed at the Four Courts and fires. You can see a huge explosion and bits coming out portico. I actually felt scared that they had damaged this famous Dublin landmark. This won't mean much to someone from overseas, but anyone familiar with the Four Courts and the resident lawyers (sorry "barristers") in their eighteenth century costumes would surely enjoy firing an artillery piece at the overpaid clowns. I wish I had a howitzer like that.
2006-03-06
Ireland's Braveheart
I remember seeing this film before I had even entered my teens. Yet, despite my age I couldn't help but be utterly moved. Despite it's graphic content I consider it one from childhood. This may seem strange but consider that I saw it at a time when we were just learning about Irish History in school which, with school being school, we found vaguely interesting. Yet after watching this, that changed. True Neil Jordan did take creative license with regards to what actually took place but still, it was so good. This film displayed the emotion and brutality of our nations past ten times better than any textbook could, it gave us an understanding and a reason to care and be passionate about what went on less than a century ago. This is why I summurised this as Ireland's 'Braveheart'

But on top of this when I was at an age where, with regards to the movies I watched, absolutly nothing compared to this. No other movie had taken me through such a rollercoaster of emotions. From the despair as The Rising was quashed and the leaders shot, to the passion of the fight against the British (I can still hear the cheers every time a brit was shot as we watched this in the classroom, yes at aged 12 we watched this in school, that's how important even our teachers thought it was), to the joy as they surrendered and then finally the grief at the death of Collins. No film had ever done that to me, had moved me that way. So that why I love this movie not just because of the sight of us giving the Brits a good wacking (and then them returing the favour) but because it's just a bloody good film. So is any that can get a child to think and feel that way. That is why I give this film 10/10 P.S. I know Im a bad speller.
2004-01-30
Very good basic portrayal of Michael Collins
OK, let me first get something out of the way. I'm an American of Swedish and Hungarian descent, which means I'm not Irish in any way. That said, I have read extensively about the Troubles and "Michael Collins" is a great film. With a conflict such as the Troubles in Ireland, one cannot be completely unbiased. This film's bias is in its title. The film's hero is definitely Collins, and the other historical figures are underrepresented. I concur with everyone else who has reviewed this film in asking: what compelled Neil Jordan to cast Julia Roberts as Kitty Kiernan? Roberts looks kinda sorta maybe NOT REALLY like Kitty Kiernan, and I'm not going to even start about her accent in the film. As I said in the one-liner above, this is a very good basic view of Collins' life, with all of the most important events in it. He was a 26 year old Volunteer during the April 1916 Easter Rising (although he's a bit older in the film's re-creation of the Rising). He was major player in the Irish War of Independence. He was forced by De Valera (who the film rightly shows is into political opportunism) into negotiating a Treaty with Britain, after which he said he "signed his death warrant", which he had. The film shows all of this, and I commend Mr. Jordan for getting the basics right. However, there are four (that I counted) major mistakes in the film. Firstly, there were no car bombs in this conflict until Daithi O'Connell first came up with the idea in 1972, so the scene in the film with the British official being blown up in his car is false. Secondly, the Tans did not drive an armored personnel carrier into Croke Park. They scaled the walls and machine gunned people for an entire day. Thirdly, Harry Boland was killed in a hotel in Skerries, which is in County Dublin, not Dublin City itself. He was not killed in the sewers. And lastly, I have no idea where Jordan got the idea that Ned Broy was murdered by the Tans, although the scene with Broy being strangled by a rope certainly shows how brutal the Black and Tans were. Broy, in reality, survived the whole thing and went on to become the first head of the Gardai, the unarmed Irish police force, in 1922. Overall, if a person wants to be simply entertained without caring about Irish history, this is a good film. But if one wants to know more about Michael Collins, see this film, then read "Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland" by Tim Pat Coogan. Movies will get you so far, and books will fill in the holes made by Hollywood producers looking for "poetic license" (not getting stuff right) and money.
2002-07-10
An absolutely brilliant film.
I really enjoyed this film. From the very start it showed Collins' struggle for the freedom of Ireland, through to signing the treaty and finally being murdered. It probably means more to me than a lot of other people, being Irish myself.

The only real problem with the film was Julia Roberts and after the first hour when it started burning out a bit.

Other than that, Michael Collins was a brilliant piece of work.
1999-11-05
Neeson
I'm surprised to see so many praise Neesons work n this film. He wasn't that good & his Cork accent leaves a lot to be desired, Brendan Gleeson did a far better job at playing Collins in the film, The Treaty( a must see for anybody who enjoyed Michael Collins). It is also by Neesons own admission that Gleeson portrayed Collins better. I recall reading at the time Neeson said " Gleeson was the true Michael Collins" or something to that effect. Also, I do not feel that the film goes overboard with its views of De Valera. The one scene that it maybe does is when it is strongly suggested that he plays an active role in the killing of Collins. It is widely believed in Ireland that De Valera did not have an active part in his killing. But other than that, there is little that could be faulted with his treatment of DeValera. It is true that he left Ireland during the bloodiest stages of the war & that he refused to negotiate the treaty himself without giving a satisfactory explanation to his people.
2005-01-07
Borrrrrring...
This is the only time I have ever actually FALLEN ASLEEP in a movie theatre. While the scenery is beautiful in this movie, it goes on and on and ON and truly seems that it will never end. Once a subplot finally, FINALLY resolves and you think "Yay, it's over!", it will switch to something else. Truly, I cannot recall more "false endings" in my life in a movie.

Have plenty of caffeine if you rent this one. I suppose if you love history, it might be for you, but it is NOT a fast-paced film (not that every film has to be, of course) and I challenge you to get through it without yawning.

Nuff said.
2005-02-23
A truly great film with a wonderful depth of characters and situations.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE UNINTENTIONAL, THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

Michael Collins is a film that easily rates in my top ten for personal favorites. My knowledge of "the troubles" is naught so I am unable to comment on that, my comments are on the film only. While I understand how some may find it historically inaccurate, I found this story told with a caring that had not been exercised since Schindler's List in 1993.

When I first saw this movie, I was so blown away, that I had to see it a second time to catch up on all the little details that I missed. Every actor was superb in their respective roles and Neil Jordan's direction was some of the best ever. Throughout the first hour, I find myself unable to breath with the opening sequence of the Easter Uprising, to Michael Collins building his army. Every action and sequence was filmed so tightly that the pace moves at a breakneck speed.

While the second hour slows a bit, it is no less engrossing, and builds even more depth into the characters helping the audience to understand the characters situations and actions.

The editing throughout the entire film is exceptional, and the scene or sequence that takes place at the 60 minute mark is probably one of the best I have ever seen. In it we are shown three stories at once. Starting with a character building piece between Collins and Julia Roberts character, to the British secret service following Stephen Rea's character, to Collins gunmen tracking down the men in charge of stopping them. We go back and forth between these three stories in a such a way that by the time the sequence has finished we are left stunned and wondering what in the world could happen next.

The final sequence of the film I found to be a bit of a curiosity, but with repeated viewings I see that is the way it is supposed to be, and it is no less satisfying than the rest of the film.

While I wouldn't classify this film as an entertainment, I recommend it to anyone looking to watch a movie with an excellent story told with an amazing film making style.
2001-02-15
Essential for understanding Ireland !!
I'm AMAZED that the headline "yawner" is the link for user comments; thankfully, most comments disagree. I regard the film as essential viewing for anyone unfamiliar with Ireland. I know quite a bit about the Anglo-Irish War, and I can tell you that Jordan must have read every book on the subject _ he has lines that relate to the most obscure sources, for those who can spot them. Simply as a film _ the acting, drama, characters, etc. _ it's a fine piece of work, even if the viewer had no interest in Ireland or history. I have one criticism _ the film is VERY unfair to (the real) De Valera. This is not the fault of Alan Rickman, who plays him very well _ and indeed, I believe that Rickman became very defensive of Dev during the film-making.
2004-09-19
Its a film of true History
The film is basically how the Irish gained independence from the brutal hands of the British. It gives an in-depth view of the troubles and what was done. One comment said that the fight was more or less the fault of the Irish in reality it shows that the Irish only fought for what was there's. Near the end it shows how the dirty 'Black nd Tans' had broke into a football game and shot at unarmed men women and children.

In a short story it simply says of the hardship the Irish has had to put up with for over 800 years (at the time, now 900) and how the Irish have the will, the power and the need to fight for the next 900 years if needed.
2006-01-18
Michael Collins an Unperson Recalled From Obscurity
Collins shaped the IRA out of a nest of informants, drunks and melodramatic would-be martyrs into a fighting force. However the movie opens not with the formation of the underground army skilled in sleuth and carrying on a cloak and dagger war, but in failure: The uprising on Easter Sunday 1916.

Irish-born Liam Neeson stars as the Irish Patriot Michael Collins. In bringing to life a complex warrior and in competing with the eloquent portrait of a Rebel that American actor James Cagney created in Shake Hands With The Devil, Neeson advances no personal commitment to politics. Despite parts in films with Celtic themes, Neeson lacks Cagney's allegiances to the Irish cause. In 1999 Neeson joined Ronald Reagan as an Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE).

Michael Collin's times were without hope of tributes between the ancient enemies. On Easter Sunday 1916 the Irish Volunteers took over the main buildings in the city of Dublin. Forced to surrender, The leaders of the rebellion were executed. Confident that nothing more than the usual silly and flowery speeches would follow, the British released the remaining prisoners.

In the war that followed Collins paid heed to lessons learned. As a warrior Collins carefully weighed the risks, avoided rash moves, direct confrontation and pitched battle. Collins organized an effective intelligence gathering operation and penetrated G division of Dublin City Police. After Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) declared independence, Collins concentrated on a guerrilla war conducted by flying squads which carried out their mission and melted away. Demurely Collins cycled around British police and soldiers in the guise of a businessman, blithely imposing a death penalty on friends of the Crown.

With success, Collins threatened the position of the nascent Irish Republic's president, Eamon de Valera.

Alan Rickman plays Eamon de Valera the way Collins described him: a be-speckled nit picker, a marked contrast to the tough but unassuming Collins.

De Valera deplored the shot-in-the-back tactics favored by Collins. A plan was laid over Collins' objection for a raid on Dublin Castle. Collins who stressed hit and run and economy of lives predicted a failure on the proportion of 1916. The raid exacted a heavy toll on irreplaceable Volunteers. However de Valera correctly predicted that the raid would prove to be the final blow for British authorities. The burning of the customs house proved to the British that no target, however well defended, was immune from attack.

The Michael Collins, played in the Liam Neeson movie , accurately portrays a man devoted to the cause. His strength in fighting a well-entrenched enemy is concentrating on vulnerable points with minimal damage to his own men. When the enemy tires from battles, Collins proves not to be as expert in the war of diplomacy and political machinations. Talks in London created an anomalous relationship with Britain: Ireland was free or in the Empire depending on perspective. Collins went to London as a hero who had out-foxed the greatest military power on earth and returned home as the scapegoat with a treaty creating a state nominally neither independent nor tied to The Crown, but somewhere in a grey zone in between.

Anxious to declare victory and restore peace, Dail Eireann (The Irish Parliament) supported Collins. Collins took command of evacuated British posts. At Dublin Castle, the symbol of British domination, Collins arrived seven and a half minutes late for the change of command, one minute for each century of occupation. Collins remarked to the British general "after seven and half centuries we won't begrudge you seven and a half minutes." Not shown in the film is the Guardia's protest against the treaty: They refused to post their colors until the British left the stronghold, an official military insult.

Collins would have little time to bask in the moment. Where the revolution ends, the civil war begins. IRA units had taken over the Four Courts in Dublin in April. Free State troops (The Guardia) bombarded the building with British artillery. The Civil War had begun. Michael Collins under the cover of an inspection in Cork area was on his way to a peace parlay with the Rebel rebel DeVelera when his convoy was ambushed. Thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin for the funeral of Michael Collins. His adversary de Valera would later reflect: "It's my considered opinion that in the fullness of time, history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense." From Da Valera's ascension to power until 1965 Collins remained un-person in the country he helped create. In the Jimmy Cagney movie of 1959, Collins is never named; he is referred to as 'The Commandant' and seen only as a shadow. But no stone wall can contain such a legend.

The Director Neil Jordan could not have imagined anyone other than Liam Neeson in the lead role. Tall Neeson has the good-bad guy charm the American actor James Cagney believed necessary to such a role: the swagger of a street brawler, with the deceptive innocence of a boyish face. Neeson assumes Collins' passion, a man aflame in his cause yet in fatalistic tears over the aftermath.
2007-07-14
📹 Michael Collins full movie HD download 1996 - Liam Neeson, Richard Ingram, Martin Murphy, John Kenny, Ronan McCairbre, Michael Dwyer, Frank O'Sullivan, Ian Hart, Aidan Quinn, Gary Whelan, Julia Roberts, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Sean McGinley, Jer O'Leary - USA, UK, Ireland. 📀
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