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Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 31 October 2008 (Ireland)
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

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Gerry's Girlfriend
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The Governor
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William
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Bearded Man
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Riot Prison Offficer Stephen Graves
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Raymond's Mother
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Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Written by Icon

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An odyssey, in which the smallest gestures become epic and when the body is the last resource for protest. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (Ireland)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,413 (United Kingdom), 2 November 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980, 7 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,084, 7 June 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hunger is known for its unbroken 17 minute 10 second continuous shot, in which Catholic priest Father Dominic Moran tries to talk Bobby Sands out of the Hunger Strike he and his fellow 75 IRA members plan to start. The camera remains in the same position throughout the scene. To prepare, Liam Cunningham moved into Michael Fassbender's apartment, and they rehearsed the scene 12-15 times per day. On the first day of filming, the actors got it perfect after 4 takes. See more »

Goofs

Raymond Lohan's Ford Granada is a Mk2 Facelift, which was released in winter 1981 and would've appeared on Irish roads in 1982. See more »

Quotes

Priest: Life must mean nothing to you.
Bobby Sands: God's gonna punish me?
Priest: Well, if not just for suicide, then he'd have to punish you for stupidity.
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Maya Beiser
Composed by Michael Gordon
Published by Red Poppy in association with G. Schirmir, Inc.
Bang On A Can - Classics CA21010
Cantaloupe Music October 08, 2002
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A piece of art, but not great storytelling.
18 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film certainly succeeds on an artistic level. The performances are incredibly brave, and the cinematography is astonishing- the film actually looks like it was made in the early '80s. The pace and editing are also perfect for the claustrophobic, monotonous setting of prison. However, the film fails on another, more important level, i.e. storytelling. Firstly, the events are given no proper political context, bar some vague caption referencing "the troubles", and a few Thatcher sound-bites. But even more fundamentally than that, we are not properly introduced to the main character of Bobby Sands until almost halfway through, at which point the film switches allegiance to his story alone, meaning those whose stories we have followed up until this point are simply abandoned, never to be heard of again. A curious, even nonsensical decision. I don't know if this film was made to entertain or educate, but it did neither for me.


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