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Michael Collins
USA, UK, Ireland
Drama, Thriller, Biography, War
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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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This fine movie led me to months of research on the life of Michael Collins and Irish history
I was so intrigued by the movie that I spent days in the Wellesley library and ordered every book I could find in order to learn more about the life and times of Michael Collins = the fact that this preceded the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and finally, the Peace Accord. Tim Pat Coogan is the great biographer of Michael Collins and makes him live again in all the details of his short life. Coogan also wrote a very negative biography on Eamonn deValera, also portrayed with depth unusual for movies in the movie. In Ireland one can buy a book called The Love Letters between Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan. I have yet to find them here. I bought the Video and have viewed it many times, also donated a copy to the Wellesley College library for their history course on Irish Nationalism. There is a new documentary (1998) entitled Hang Up Your Brightest Colors, the life and times of Michael Collins. There is actually live movie film showing the real characters in l920-1922, AND real film of the funeral some of which we saw in the fictional movie Michael Collins. People interested in this subject should see Some Mother's Son, The Devil's Own, and In the Name of the Father.

A yawner
I expected a little more from this movie, since it got a 6.8 rating, and thats not bad, but after 20 minutes of this movie, I realized it was just another dull british drama, I hate to affend anyone, but this film is awfully dull. I mean all the characters are exactly the same, and even Liam Neeson is dull. The story could have been powerful, but it ends up getting lost in all of the characters, and action scenes. Even Julia Roberts is wasted as his wife. 3/10.
"There is no history, only biography," Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Fiction heavy bio-pic of the man who lived and died for Irish independence.

History on film is a difficult beast at the best of times and no one - and I mean no one - could produce an uncontentious film about Michael Collins: The Irish rebel rouser and politician who helped (the key word) form the first Irish Free State.

Sadly writer/director Neil Jordan takes the view that the history book can be tossed away if it goes against his own agenda or hampers audience sympathy. He created a stick for reviewers to hit him with - and boy did the blows rain down on his head. These blows, alone, might have killed any chance this "difficult" film had at the box office.

(It went down like a lead balloon in America which shows that behind the bluster and flag waving most Irish-American's aren't really interested in their own history.)

If only they had stuck more closely to the uncontested facts film writers would have focused on the good things. Which include excellent cinematography (good use of filters) and first class performances from all bar the all-at-sea (and mostly unneeded) Julia Roberts.

A perfect example of the Hollywood of today: All perfect teeth and good looks, but no ability to do characters or accents. I actually cringed while she was speaking in her "Irish" accent!

(The producers don't help much either by dressing her in a range of expensive outfits that change between shots: Destroying any sense of her being a poor country girl! Indeed scenes of poverty seems to be avoided rather than played upon.)

Liam Neeson was born to play Collins both physically and temperamentally, a dream part for him. There isn't a second that I don't believe in him. Shame there isn't more parts like this for him to play.

I don't mind my country being the bad guy in this movie, because we deserve it. What we did in Ireland will always be a stain on our history, but where is the context? The two countries have always been closely intertwined - not only due to geography but also due to wealth and technology reasons.

Also to be understood is that British troops had no experience of civil war or terrorism. They had been fighting wars against a uniformed enemy that stood in front of them. The people that joined up were often criminals or people that couldn't find alternative employment; or even wanted a bit of adventure in their lives.

Here their enemy dressed in civilian clothes and shot at them in the street (often from point blank range) and then ran. The people they killed were often Irish police or suspected informers. It was very ugly, but it was ugly on both sides.

There was also plenty of infighting (of the literal variety) that was more about gangsterism than Irish politics: A side road this film doesn't want to wander down.

The film also takes the view that "violence was the only path." South African apartheid crashed without the blacks winning any kind of civil war - indeed theirs probably extended the run of the white elite. Times move on, to quote Ghandi, "all tyrannies must fall.... however strong they appear at the time."

Despite everything this is an important film and Neil Jordan's best so far. It has too many little truths about power and real politics to be ignored easily and it does expose one "Irish hero" as a weasel. Watch the film to see which one.

A lot of responsibility fell on Neil Jordan's shoulders making this. It is a one-off deal. It isn't like a book, there won't be another Michael Collins film next year. More people - world-wide- will gain information about him from this film than any other medium. Therefore the hodgepodge mix of fact and fiction makes me uneasy - especially when so many of the debates and politics that are raised here are still ongoing.
Interesting but tedious bio-pic about a ambiguous hero
I guess I learned something about Irish history in this bio-pic, but it was not a moving film, although somewhat interesting. I have the feeling that they threw in a love interest just for the hell of it, to draw in a few woman viewers. It's mostly plotting followed by shooting, and it really gets you on the Irish side of things. You start thinking that the shootings are justified. Then Collins gets sent to England to negotiate, and all of a sudden he's a pacifist. You don't see what happened in England to make him such, but he decides that bloodshed is bad, and expressing fealty to the crown is OK if it avoids bloodshed. I guess the transition happened during the negotiations, and Neil Jordan couldn't figure out a way to make those negotiations interesting, so you just have to speculate on what happened.

So the (divided) Irish Free State is born because of Collins, and eventually, we are left to assume, that becomes a republic presided over by a guy, Devalera, who went from ally to enemy after Collins went to England. It's not at all clear how the transition to independent republic came about, or when it came about.

The movie is a little over 2 hours, but it needed more to be good portrayal of history. I'm sure much was left in the cutting room in order to make it a watchable length, but the picture as is makes little sense. And it makes Collins look like a traitor, even though he is thought of as a hero, and I think that the filmmakers wanted us to see him as a hero. But he looked like an arrogant fool at the end, and I felt no pain when Johathan Rhys-Meyers shot him to death.
The Tragedy Of Ireland
A collection of fairly big names (including Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts) joined together to offer this tribute to Michael Collins, one of the leaders of the movement for Irish independence and the chief negotiator of the controversial treaty that led to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and who was ultimately assassinated during the resulting Irish Civil War. Neeson was superb in the role of Collins, convincingly showing his evolution from a radical who promoted violence and murder as a way of achieving the republic to his recognition that achieving his goals would have to be a part of an evolutionary process that would include the Irish Free State - an independent Ireland, but within the British Empire, and under the sovereignty of the English King. The treaty brought him into conflict with fellow republican leader Eamon de Valera (Rickman), who was critical of Collins' violent methods and seemed more interested in talking - both within and without Ireland - but who rejected the Free State and became a bitter opponent of Collins.

This is hardly an uplifting movie, which I suppose makes it a fairly reasonable representation of the Irish history of the period (and of subsequent decades.) The first 75 minutes or so especially was a bit of a downer. That period of the movie features good performances and some helpful reflections on the history of the republican movement, but - much like Irish history itself - it becomes repetitively violent and bloody, as British kill Irish and Irish kill Irish and there seems to be little point to it all. That gets briefly set aside with the opening of negotiations with the British and the ultimate signing of and debate over the Free State treaty. Perhaps the most poignant line of the movie (to me) was when, during an argument over whether to accept the independent Free State or hold out for a republic, Collins says words to the effect of "I'm not going to kill over a matter of words" - making the point that The Free State had accomplished basically what the republicans wanted - Irish independence, with a republic left to be established through the normal process of political evolution. De Valera and his followers, though, refuse to accept that and restart the Civil War.

This is certainly an interesting reflection not just on Ireland but on extremism of all kinds, and the natural desire of people to have everything they want right away and the resulting inability of many to compromise. I might add that Julia Roberts (as Kitty, who became engaged to Michael) seemed largely window dressing. Kitty's presence wasn't really necessary to the more important story of the political and paramilitary activities in Ireland and seemed to be more for the purpose of humanizing Michael Collins a bit. From the perspective of later Irish history, Collins' ultimate death seems so tragic, since within a few years De Valera chose to become active in the politics of the Free State (eventually even serving as Prime Minister of the Free State) and proved what Collins had said all along - that the Free State was part of an evolutionary movement that would lead to the establishment of the republic. Perhaps any movie dealing with virtually any part of Irish history has to be tragic to be honest.
After reading through the comments here, I am appalled at the number of people who are willing to take this as gospel - please don't!! The scenes of the Rising and the Civil War are quite accurate (barring such things as carbombs, which someone else has already mentioned) though grossly oversimplified. Kitty Kiernan does not deserve the major part she has been given in this film - Michael Collins was never that interested in women. I have to stress, as someone else has, that there were the Auxiliaries as well as the Black and Tans (so called incidentally, because there were not enough field uniforms to go round, so they were a hodge-podge of different uniforms), and the Auxiliaries, the officiers, were discernably worse than the rank and file. Also, the fighting did nto affect most of the country. A note on the casting - the character of Kitty Kiernan was nto that big, though I think she was given more screen time as she was played by Julia Roberts. Someone tell this woman that she CANNOT do accents. Alan Rickman was more Sheriff of Nottingham than de Valera. Aiden Quinn as Harry Boland wasn't bad, though I would have to quibble about the character, but I feel that is more the fault of the writers than him. And lastly, sorry though I am to say it, Liam Neeson doesn't even compare to Brendan Gleeson's performance as Collins in 1992's The Treaty, even his accent wasn't quite right. For those who would like to know what really happened, I would recomment 'The Treaty', Tim Pat Coogan's biography (though he is a tad biased) and T. Ryle Dwyer's 'Big Fellow, Long Fellow', which is a joint biography of de Valera and Collins. This film is a real disappointment. I would have to repeat Bono's statement - 'I'm sick of Irish Americans come up to me, and tell me about the Revolution back home ... that the majority of people in my country don't want', which, unfortunately are the kind of sentiments that this film has engendered.
One of the Finest Examples of Filmed History
Neil Jordan always manages to make films that are edgy, pungent, and intensely accurate in defining the motivation of his characters ('The Crying Game', 'The Butcher Boy', 'The End of the Affair', etc) and in MICHAEL COLLINS Jordan has not only directed but also wrote a docudrama that stands with the finest. It is simply a major achievement in cinematic art.

The brief life of Michael Collins (he was killed when he was but 31 years of age) completely changed the history of Ireland and the British rule of that country. Collins introduced the democracy of the Irish Republic and ended a long era of fighting and rebellion. A man of passionate convictions and mesmerizing idealism and compassion, Collins' memory is still regarded by both the Irish and the British as a 20th century hero.

The brilliant script is placed in the exceptionally competent hands of Liam Neeson as Collins with top flight support from Stephan Rea, Aidan Quinn, Alan Rickman, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Charles Dance, and yes, even Julia Roberts! The fighting scenes are so well done they become artistic, due primarily to the constantly excellent cinematography by Chris Menges. Elliot Goldenthal's musical score (with some added moments by Sinéad O'Connor) not only enhances the film but stands alone as a fine orchestral work. Truly on of the best historic films ever released. Grady Harp
Beautiful Cinematography Highlight This Biography
I didn't know if Hollywood was distorting history but someone who knows the story of Michael Collins assured me this was a pretty accurate portrayal of him in here, which makes this film go even higher in my ratings, because it's definitely entertaining and is spectacularly photographed. There is more blue color in here - beautiful blue - than in any movie I've ever seen. It looks just gorgeous on DVD.

Liam Neeson's charismatic portrayal of Collins keeps you riveted to the screen, even though it's a fairly long movie. Julia Roberts and Alan Rickman seemed a bit miscast. Being American and British, respectively, they weren't quite believable as Irishmen, perhaps because I'm used to hearing them as they normally talk. I also don't like to hear the Lord's name in vain so often as what was in here, but that seems commonplace among the Irish, at least in all the movies I've seen and books I've read (and my relatives, half of whom are Irish!)

Anyway, this is a very interesting story with a nice combination of drama, action and romance. Very much recommended regardless of anyone's stance on Irish-English relations.
One of the most incredible movies ever
I thought this movie was inspiring. I live in the U.S., and my dad is a Roman Catholic from Southern Ireland. I knew about the Easter Rising in 1916, Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins but never in this depth.

Liam Neeson was incredible in this role. His accent was gorgeous, and he brought the character passion and excitement. Aiden Quinn seemed to forget he was Irish at times, as did Julia Roberts, they both wavered in and out of the accent. Aiden Quinn, however, did a good job. I thought Julia Roberts was HORRIBLE in this role. She could not do the accent, and the whole moving between Harry and Michael disgusted me. Normally, I love her acting but she was a bad addition to the movie. Alan Rickman was also wonderful. the contrast in opinion between him and Michael was very well done.

All in all, I learned a lot about Irish history that i did not know before. However, they could have elaborated more on the Civil War.
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