Michael Collins


(out of 5)

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.   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  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.

Warner Bros., Geffen Pictures

United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 1996

Directed by 

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

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