Michael Collins (1996)
Front Cover Actor
Julia Roberts Kitty Kiernan
Liam Neeson Michael 'Mick' Collins
Aidan Quinn Harry Boland
Ian Hart Joe O'Reilly
Richard Ingram British Officer
John Kenny Patrick Pearse
Ronan McCairbre Thomas McDonagh
Jer O'Leary Thomas Clarke (as Ger O'Leary)
Michael Dwyer James Connolly
Martin Murphy Captain Lee-Wilson
Stephen Rea Ned Broy
Alan Rickman Eamon De Valera
Paul Hickey Dublin Castle Soldier
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Collins' Assassin
Peter O'Brien Pianist in Restaurant
Ger O'Leary Thomas Clarke
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Biography; History; Thriller; War
Director Neil Jordan
Producer Stephen Woolley; Redmond Morris
Writer Neil Jordan
Studio Warner Brothers; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 13 mins
Country UK
Color Color
Irish writer-director Neil Jordan followed up his surprise hit The Crying Game with this controversial biography of IRA leader Michael Collins (Liam Neeson), one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century. The film follows Collins as he matures from guerrilla leader to national hero and statesman. Jordan's take on Collins is that he was set up by Irish president Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman), who was jealous of Collins's legendary popularity. De Valera puts Collins in the position of negotiating a peace treaty that would never satisfy the Irish hero's hard-core followers. When the IRA leader returns with a first-step compromise, De Valera undercuts Collins's popularity by refusing to support the revised treaty. And the civil war continues for decades. Michael Collins occasionally loses focus and momentum, but is the kind of exciting historical drama that deserves to be called "sweeping." It is also one of the most beautifully photographed films in years: cinematographer Chris Menges uses color and texture to set moods and accent emotions. The movie also stars Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, and Stephen Rea. The digital video disc includes a 50-minute BBC documentary on the making of the movie. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 998
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/17/03
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 085391420521
Release Date 1997
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby