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Michael Collins (1996)



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The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. In 1916, the British government ruled Ireland with a firm and cruel hand, as they had for 700 years. When a group of Irish rebels staged a six-day siege at Dublin's General Post Office, only one of the leaders was able to escape execution -- Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman), an American citizen of Irish blood. A number of De Valera's followers … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Jordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros.


as Michael Collins

as Harry Boland

as Ned Broy

as Eamon De Valera

as Kitty Kiernan

as Joe O'Reilly

as Liam Tobin

as Tom Cullen

as Cathal Brugha

as Collins' Assassin

as British Officer

as Patrick Pearse

as Thomas McDonagh

as Thomas Clarke

as James Connolly

as Captain Lee-Wilson

as Sean McKeoin

as Rory O'Connor

as Austin Stack

as Arthur Griffith

as Cosgrave

as Vaughan's Hotel Cler...

as Dublin Castle Soldie...

as Vinny Byrne

as Charlie Dalton

as Squad Youth No. 1

as Squad Youth No. 2

as Squad Man No. 1

as Squad Man No. 2

as Chaplain at Lincoln ...

as Journalist

as Lincoln Taxi Driver

as Belfast Detective

as Soldier on Station

as Black and Tan on Lar...

as Black and Tan on Lar...

as Gresham Hotel Bellbo...

as Croke Park Hurler

as Man Following Broy

as Black and Tan

as Officer in Bath

as Officer in Bed

as Girl in Bed

as Officer in Park

as Croke Park Hurler

as Tenor in Restaurant

as Pianist in Restauran...

as Journalist

as Speaker in the Dáil

as Vice-Consul McCready

as Young Gunman

as Free State Soldier

as Republican No. 1

as Republican No. 2

as Santry the Blacksmit...

as Orchestra in Restaur...

as Thomas Clarke
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Critic Reviews for Michael Collins

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.

Full Review… | March 28, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Top Critic

This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Jordan always had 6-foot-4 Liam Neeson in mind to play the man they called "the Big Fellow," and it's more than size that makes Neeson fit the part of a leader known for his "cloudburst temperament."

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Michael Collins


A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A triumphant and spectacular movie. This film is just pure excellence. Director, Neil Jordan`s masterpiece. It`s as inspiring as it is action-packed. An robustly entertaining and deeply moving film filled with action and drama. A vast, intelligent and superbly crafted picture. Liam Neeson gives one of the greatest performances of his career, he delivers power and emotion in such a memorable and wonderful way. Neeson is unfrogettable and tremendously effective. Alan Rickman is magnificent. Aiden Quinn is terrific.

Al S

Super Reviewer


A brave, bold and fair portrayal of a very controversial historical figure - he isn't held in high regard by many but he is a very influential character in recent history and his story is told well here. The production is awesome, in my opinion it is only the casting that lets it down but not in every case, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea were great as is Liam Neeson although he's not particularly convincing as a 31 year old.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It doesn't seek to probe, or examine the motivations of the players involved. Which for me is a bit of a dissapointment. Also, Roberts is terrible in this film.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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