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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of I.R.A. prisoners as criminals rather than ... See full summary »

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Terry George
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Kathleen Quigley
Fionnula Flanagan ... Annie Higgins
Aidan Gillen ... Gerard Quigley
David O'Hara ... Frank Higgins
John Lynch ... Bobby Sands
Tom Hollander ... Farnsworth
Tim Woodward ... Harrington
Ciarán Hinds ... Danny Boyle
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Alice Quigley
Gerard McSorley ... Fr. Daly
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ... Inspector McPeake
Grainne Delany Grainne Delany ... Theresa Higgins
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Liam Quigley
Robert Lang ... Government Minister
Stephen Hogan ... Young Turk
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Storyline

Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of I.R.A. prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. This movie focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Between love and loyalty... Between life and death... Lies a choice no mother should have to make.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some political violence and suffering | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sons and Warriors See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,515, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$671,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$671,437
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gerard McSorley (Father Daly) played another Priest, Father Todd Unctious, in Father Ted (1995). See more »

Goofs

Outside the prison you can clearly see an Austin Metro Mk2 which was not released till late 1984. This film is based in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Fr. Daly: This is wrong!
Danny Boyle: What you said in there was an absolute bloody disgrace!
Fr. Daly: What I said in there is God's law!
Annie Higgins: You're telling me to betray my son?
Fr. Daly: It's God's law, Annie! This isn't a protest anymore! These people are using these funerals to win support!
Danny Boyle: These people are our friends and our families!
Fr. Daly: [Turns to Annie and Kathleen] Look, you have to take your sons off. You have the right to choose, you can make a choice!
Danny Boyle: Leave them alone!
Annie Higgins: No I don't! It's not my choice to make. Jesus Christ, do you ...
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Soundtracks

Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch
from Cantata BWV 56
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by New Bach Collegium of Leipzig
Courtesy of Capriccio Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Great Soundtrack! Too Bad the Movie is BORING. . . .
13 November 1999 | by irish44See all my reviews

The music from "Some Mother's Son", composed and conducted by Bill Whelan, is hauntingly beautiful. Eleanor McEvoy's vocal on "The Seabird" is outstanding.

However, it is too bad the storyline in the movie doesn't match the quality of the music. Quite frankly, the movie was boring!

Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan give first rate performances as the mothers (Kathleen Quigley and Annie Higgins) of two IRA terrorists imprisoned following a rocket attack on British soldiers. David O'Hara (Frank Higgins) plays the hard core murderer who appears to enjoy killing the British. Aiden Gillen is Gerard Quigley, the unlikely terrorist, who aids his friend Higgins in the attack. O'Hara and Gillen are very believable in their roles. In fact all of the actors are good.

The problem is with the storyline and lack of action after the initial rocket attack and subsequent capture of Higgins and Quigley. The scene involving the IRA's retaliation murder of the Maze prison guards happens far too quickly for the viewer to understand what is going on. And let's face, watching people starve to death is not very exciting.

I still gave this movie 6 out of 10, because of the fine acting and music.

Irish44


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