Michael Collins

Critic Score

77%

User Score

84%
In theaters Oct 11, 1996
R, 1 hr. 57 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Neil Jordan
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Theater Release: Oct 11, 1996
DVD Release: Aug 27, 1997

Cast

Liam Neeson

Michael Collins
Aidan Quinn

Harry Boland
Stephen Rea

Ned Broy
Alan Rickman

Eamon De Valera
Julia Roberts

Kitty Kiernan
Ian Hart

Joe O'Reilly
Brendan Gleeson

Liam Tobin
Stuart Graham

Tom Cullen
Gerard McSorley

Cathal Brugha

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Critic Reviews

  • 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. More...
  • 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... More...
  • This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import. More...
  • Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname. More...
  • Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame. More...
  • 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." More...
  • Collins, who died at 31, was arguably the key figure in the struggles that led to the separation of Ireland and Britain. He was also, on the basis of this film, a man able to use violence without becoming intoxicated by it. More...
  • While Michael Collins does distort elements of history, most of the changes and compressions are dramatically effective. More...
  • Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant. More...
  • While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness. More...

User Reviews

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real...
  • I am still holding out some faith that at some point in time a movie will be made concerning Ireland that will NOT include the Irish carbombing the...
  • Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in Irish history, and this is a brave attempt to represent a story rarely attempted in mass media by Neil Jordan....
  • This was pretty good, but I think it helps to have a good working knowledge of the events covered in the film. I don't really, so I felt a little lost...
  • Accurate, but slow going -- Very good performance by Liam Neeson
  • At last, Liam Neeson returns to the cinema of his beloved homeland of Ireland, and with a bang, because as if Neeson's roles as a Roman Catholic...
  • I can't tell if my problems with Michael Collins stem from the script or from a hacked up editing job. Events don't seem to flow organically from one...