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Movie Review: 'Michael Collins'

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Michael Collins

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
133 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/11/96
performer:
Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman
director:
Neil Jordan
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
Neil Jordan
genre:
Drama, Historical

We gave it a B+

A serious historical film drained of serious history. Director-writer Neil Jordan tells the tale of Collins, a key figure in what became the Irish Republican Army, and gets a classic performance out of Liam Neeson, who combines the earnest intensity he radiated in Schindler’s List with the two-fisted swagger he brought to Rob Roy. Julia Roberts provides the love interest; she’s charming, but her romantic triangle with Neeson and Aidan Quinn is hokey and contrived. B+

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