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Some Mother's Son (1996)

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The 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against their treatment as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. It focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle.

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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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The 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against their treatment as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. It focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle.

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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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Trivia

Second film in which Helen Mirren and John Lynch appear together. Both starred in Cal (1984). See more »

Goofs

The film is clearly set in a border seaside fishing village in Ireland. However, Kathleen is clearly seen voting in the Fermanagh-South Tyrone by-election: a completely land-locked constituency. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Sands: [Is being wheeled down the prison corridor] Stick with it, lads! Stick with it, lads!
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Connections

Featured in The Movie Show: Episode dated 14 May 1997 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Star of Desire
Composed by Scott Wooldridge & Brian Wooldridge
Performed by The Wooldridge Bros.
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment and Don't Records
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moving yet underrated film
11 May 2005 | by crookedmouth2003See all my reviews

With an excellent cast, soundtrack and photography this film's one flaw is that it must over-simplify a complex and pivotal episode in Irish history. Despite that it does a fairly good job of capturing the essence of what happened, smartly exposing the viewer to this rarely seen world through the eyes of a middle-class mother whose son, unknown to her, is caught up in the incendiary world of 'the Troubles' of Northern Ireland.

Convicted of taking part in an attack on British forces as part of an IRA Active Service Unit, her son quickly finds himself the cell-mate of soon-to-be-IRA-icon/martyr, Bobby Sands. Although the film does not really explore the personality of this seminal figure (for ex: that he was a poet), it does convey the gravity of the situation he was thrust in as well as the huge impact the hunger strike had on the Northern Irish, indeed people around the world.

But more so, this film is about the suffering that the women in these situations, particularly the mothers (hence the title) must endure. They have no choice in the tragedy that forces itself on their lives, yet they must find ways to overcome and affect what positive change they can.

Some say there is not enough "action" in the film. It is not an "action" movie. There are plenty of Dolph Lundgren vehicles out there if that is all you want. This film is about how episodes of moving history effects everyday people's lives.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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