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Michael Collins (1996)



Critic Consensus: As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role.

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This biopic dramatizes the life of controversial Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins from 1916 to 1922. Collins employed bloody guerrilla tactics in seeking to completely free the Emerald Isle from British rule, but he ultimately compromised, signing a treaty partitioning the island into an Irish south and a British north.

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Liam Neeson
as Michael Collins
Aidan Quinn
as Harry Boland
Stephen Rea
as Ned Broy
Alan Rickman
as Eamon De Valera
Julia Roberts
as Kitty Kiernan
Ian Hart
as Joe O'Reilly
Brendan Gleeson
as Liam Tobin
Stuart Graham
as Tom Cullen
Gerard McSorley
as Cathal Brugha
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Collins' Assassin
John Richard Ingram
as British Officer
John Kenny
as Patrick Pearse
Roman McCairbe
as Thomas McDonagh
Jer O'Leary
as Thomas Clarke
Michael Dwyer
as James Connolly
Martin Murphy
as Captain Lee-Wilson
Frank Laverty
as Sean McKeoin
Owen O'Neill
as Rory O'Connor
Liam D'Staic
as Austin Stack
Owen Roe
as Arthur Griffith
Paul Bennett
as Cosgrave
Claude Clancy
as Vaughan's Hotel Clerk
Paul Hickey
as Dublin Castle Soldier
Tom Murphy
as Vinny Byrne
David Gorry
as Charlie Dalton
Gary Lydon
as Squad Youth No. 1
David Wilmot
as Squad Youth No. 2
Joe Hanley
as Squad Man No. 1
Colm Coogan
as Squad Man No. 2
Aiden Grennell
as Chaplain at Lincoln Jail
Michael McCabe
as Journalist
Dave Seymour
as Lincoln Taxi Driver
Ian McElhinney
as Belfast Detective
Tony Clarkin
as Soldier on Station
Gary Powell
as Black and Tan on Larry
Max Hafler
as Black and Tan on Larry
Aidan Kelly
as Gresham Hotel Bellboy
Brian "Joker" Mulvey
as Croke Park Hurler
Jim Isherwood
as Man Following Broy
Michael James Ford
as Black and Tan
Mal Whyte
as Officer in Bath
Martin Phillips
as Officer in Bed
Aisling O'Sullivan
as Girl in Bed
Malcolm Douglas
as Officer in Park
Brians 'Joker' Mulvey
as Croke Park Hurler
Frank Patterson
as Tenor in Restaurant
Peter O'Brien
as Pianist in Restaurant
Mike McCabe
as Journalist
Vinnie McCabe
as Speaker in the Dáil
Alan Stanford
as Vice-Consul McCready
Gary Paul Mullen
as Young Gunman
Barry Barnes
as Free State Soldier
Denis Conway
as Republican No. 1
Don Wycherley
as Republican No. 2
Paraic Breathnach
as Santry the Blacksmith
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Critic Reviews for Michael Collins

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

Clearly, this is a subject Jordan cares about passionately, but he hasn't found a form to make us share his passion. Unless you come to Michael Collins with strong feelings about its hero, it's unlikely you will be deeply engaged.

February 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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[Neeson] is superb as the principled, steely yet romantic action hero of Neil Jordan's film, which has been re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916.

March 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.

March 28, 2010 | Full Review…

Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...

January 23, 2009

This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Michael Collins


A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A triumphant and spectacular movie. This film is just pure excellence. Director, Neil Jordan`s masterpiece. It`s as inspiring as it is action-packed. An robustly entertaining and deeply moving film filled with action and drama. A vast, intelligent and superbly crafted picture. Liam Neeson gives one of the greatest performances of his career, he delivers power and emotion in such a memorable and wonderful way. Neeson is unfrogettable and tremendously effective. Alan Rickman is magnificent. Aiden Quinn is terrific.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It doesn't seek to probe, or examine the motivations of the players involved. Which for me is a bit of a dissapointment. Also, Roberts is terrible in this film.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real people and events, which I know very little about, and this movies doesn't do much to help you understand them.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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