Michael Collins

Michael Collins

DVD - 2015
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Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©1996
Branch Call Number: DVD MICHAEL
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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kpelish
Mar 01, 2017

An inspiring and heartbreaking film about one of the major leaders in Ireland’s fight for independence. The director and the producer took great care in reproducing Dublin during the rebellion period, including the 1916 firefights. More importantly, the characters are well-developed and the terrible, beautiful costs involved are not whitewashed. Internal politics also add to the threats, culminating in a sad civil war.

Throughout, the Irish love of word play and irreverent humor during even the darkest moments crops up. For example, during the handover of Dublin Castle from the British to the Irish, Liam Neeson (playing Michael Collins wonderfully) pokes fun at the stiff-necked British commander, who’s wearing an ostentatiously plumed hat: “Do I get to wear that hat now?” ;-)
My only critique is negligible: during the killings, the musical score/dark chords go over the top, aurally detracting from the scenes. However, the Irish tunes and uilleann pipes are lovely.

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Christina1907
Jul 27, 2016

Alan Rickman perfectly cast! Julia Roberts not so much - wonder why they couldn't find an Irish actress. I'd also have liked to see an Irish actor (instead of Aidan Quinn) play Harry Boland. I almost stopped watching close to the beginning because for some bizarre reason they showed Patrick Pearse being hauled out of the captured rebels as though he was lurking, when in fact he was the bravest of the brave and had in real life surrendered in order to stop the killing of innocent people. That might seem a small detail to some, but why not get it right?!

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Calvacade
May 07, 2016

Excellent film about one of the leaders who led the struggle for Irish independence early in the 20th Century. Great performance by Liam Neeson as Collins.

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sldphotonut
Jan 21, 2016

Terrible film. Unless you were versed in the historical events (I was not) you have difficulty understanding what's behind the revolt and where it was headed.

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mikeedm
Dec 07, 2015

Enjoyed this film, learned a thing or two, nothing wrong with Julia Roberts performance, long live the Irish.

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Keogh
Jan 11, 2014

A good biopic of the Irish revolutionary and leader Michael Collins. Neeson inhabits the lead very well indeed, giving a forceful, compelling performance. Rickman, Rea, and Quinn are good in supporting roles. The only real question mark of the film is in the casting of Julia Roberts, who just doesn't fit the role.

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Monolith
Oct 05, 2013

Interesting biopic. Liam Neeson was full of p*ss and vinegar, and the perfect choice for the role. Whomever was responsible for casting Julia Roberts as his obligatory love interest, however, must've had one too many pints. Her attempt at an Irish brogue was atrocious. And Brandy30 -- I completely agree that flipping over the disc to watch the B side is soooo distracting; completely kills that momentum! And I applaud you for contacting your librarian about the scratched DVD. They are under-appreciated, and deserve a good laugh. Also, your boss called and said you're fired for watching movies at work.

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Brandy30
Jun 26, 2013

I loved the movie and thought it was well done. However, it's been a while since I saw a DVD on two sides that you have to switch for the ending of the movie. Upon switching sides I found side B was scratched pretty severely. It even crashed the DVD player on my laptop. I took to my work computer and it worked infinitely better until the last few chapters (when everything is culminating!). The DVD is thoroughly scratched and I'll be talking to the librarian to let them know. Luckily, I found a great copy on YouTube to finish the movie out.

Enjoy Liam Neeson and the movie as a whole! Just wished I could have watched without the technical delays.

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Monolith
Oct 05, 2013

Eamon de Valera (imprisoned, and writing a letter to Michael Collins, whilst other P.O.W.s die by British firing squad): "...The fact... that I was born in America, might save my hide... Either way, I am ready, for what comes... The Irish Republic, is a dream... no longer... It is daily sealed, by the lifeblood, of those who proclaimed it... And every one of us, they shoot, brings more people, to our side... They cannot imprison us, forever... And from the day of our release, Michael, we must act as if The Republic is... a fact. We defeat the British Empire... by... ignoring it..."

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