Michael Collins (1996)

NEIL JORDAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 1996.  Warner Bros., Geffen Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Jordan.  Cinematography by .Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.

Beautifully photographed biopic by Neil Jordan about the Irish hero who led fellow IRA members to a harsh battle against his country’s enemies, before being assassinated and reborn a legend who is still discussed by his compatriots to this day.  Liam Neeson makes an excellent Collins, an optimistic youth who became a hard-driven soldier fighting with his every bit of strength to see his country become as free as it was in his dreams. A formidable cast including ,  and Jordan’s mainstay actor Stephen Rea also stars, plus a wonderful supporting performance by as Collins’ lady love. Magnificent score by Elliot Goldenthal and a fantastic feel for the period overcome some of the film’s duller moments, one that is a great tribute to the people whose stories it tells.

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