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Actors: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Ian Hart

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MICHAEL COLLINS is a movie written and directed by Neil Jordan in 1996. Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Neil Jordan.

1916. Ireland. Once again, an irish rebellion against the british ruler ends in bloodbath and multiple executions. The President of the unofficial Republic of Ireland, Eamon De Valera, played by Alan Rickman, decides then to present the cause of Ireland in the U.S.A. and leaves the country. His friend and ministry Michael -Liam Neeson- Collins is left alone in charge of the rebellion. He soon understands that the only way to defeat Britain is to begin a guerilla war. I.R.A. murders dozens of english officials forcing Winston Churchill to ask for a negociation. Eamon De Valera, jealous of Collins's new celebrity, sends him to London in order to negotiate the treaty with Britain. Four months later, Collins comes back with a treaty that doesn't satisfy De Valera. The treaty is accepted by the Irish Parliament and the people while De Valera is urging the irish population to rebel against Michael Collins.



The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism!    -   racism! War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Irish    -   British

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland Prairie?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel    -   fort/military installation    -   sports arena    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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