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Some Mother's Son (1996)

Helen Mirren , Fionnula Flanagan , Terry George  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen
  • Directors: Terry George
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TPJN9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Some Mother's Son" on IMDb

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Surrounded by the conflict in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Quigley has managed to stay clear of it, devoting herself to her three children. Yet in a single moment, the war claims her as one of its living victims. Kathleen is caught in an inescapable political crossfire when her son, actively involved with the IRA, is jailed by the British. Academy Award winner* Helen Mirren (The Queen) portrays Kathleen in a powerful drama of courage and love from the makers of In the Name of the Father. Kathleen's sudden involvement in the conflict brings her into contact with Annie (Fionnula Flanagan), the mother of another imprisoned youth. Together, the two women form an intense bond as they confront a shattering dilemma: honor their sons' belief or intervene to save their lives.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, hair-raising, touching June 3, 1999
By A Customer
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This film of the involvment and interaction between families in Ireland who lived their political activism and families who tried their best to avoid the conflicts, but are drawn together by circustance, is impactful. The actresses are believable and the topic is straight from the headlines. It is an insight into how you can sometimes not bury your head in the sand, no matter how hard you try. There is also good in the hardcore politicos as well as in the more main stream conservatives. Outstanding film!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Mirren is always wonderful! May 17, 2000
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The movie is gripping and tells about the complexities involving the IRA, and the British Government. A heroic tale of men trying to fight for their freedom and the mothers who love them. The movie points out that there are no easy answers to this situation, and there are no winners--only losers, when it comes to war.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true. November 26, 2002
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"Some Mother's Son" is yet another in a long list of films dealing with the strife in Ireland. This film is a thought provoking look into the world of the Irish Hunger Strike. Based around the activities of two IRA members who get captured and jailed. They fight for PoW status and begin a hunger strike to win support. One of the strikers (Bobby Sands) is elected to the British Parliament and their hopes are raised only to be dashed by Maggie Thatcher.
If you are into political, humanitarian or real life films, this film is for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this movie just recently although I've had the soundtrack to the movie for a long time & listen to it constantly. Being of part Irish descent I've always had an interest in all things Irish & especially in the IRA's struggle for independence in Northern Ireland. This is simply the best film ever made about that struggle & I've seen them all. The first time I watched it, I cried throughout the entire movie. I can't overstate how moving the soundtrack composed by Bill Whelan is. The music carries the movie & is very touching. The song 'The Sea Bird' which is played during the closing credits is outstanding. Getting back to the movie, the film is centered on the real life 1981 hunger strike in which 10 IRA & INLA prisoners (lead by Bobby Sands) starved themselves to death in a bid to gain political status. Some of the characters are fictional but the movie is based on fact. At the heart of the movie are two mothers
of two prisoners. One is an IRA sympathizer whose other son had been shot dead by the British. The other is a teacher who doesn't believe in violence & is opposed to the IRA. These two mothers are drawn together by fate & a friendship is made. The patriotism & loyalty of the prisoners is enviable & the suffering they endured at the hands of the British is more than most could withstand. Freedom is not free and it costs dearly. One could compare the Republican's fight to our own American Revolution. We fought the English for 8 long years to be free. The British called George Washington a terrorist, too. Not much has changed. The two mothers have to decide whether or not to take their sons off of the hunger strike & that is their moral dilemma. Is anything worth dying for? That's the ultimate question. I highly recommend this film. It's a memorable film and tells a story that must never be forgotten.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Mothers Son - The Truth Will Out. January 13, 2003
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I have watched this video several times. Everytime I see it, this movie has a different impact on me. Each time, it leaves a different mark. Cannot stress how important non-fictional stories are! The truth needs to be told, and told it was!
A powerful movie, as it should be! A brilliant movie! A must see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Gripping November 22, 1998
By A Customer
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This is one of those movies that stays with you, in my case, forever. The media rarely shows the impact of political violence on such a personal level. This movie is a must-see for anyone interested in learning more about "The Troubles" in the north of Ireland.
On a side note, the soundtrack is as good as the movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very poignant film. May 21, 1999
By A Customer
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A very moving film about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I was deeply touched, and more aware of Ireland's history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but where's the DVD? February 21, 2007
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A great movie with some great acting. Helen Mirren is good as always, with great support. But where's the DVD? Way overdue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping movie with superb performances by Flanagan and Mirren
Based on a true story (an IRA hunger strike that claimed the lives of ten young men), this film is historically and artistically gripping. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nola Erhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Film did a good job of showing a mother's conflicted feelings toward her son's use of violence and sacrifice for a greater cause.
Published 3 months ago by ArnoldXX
1.0 out of 5 stars A thinly disguised celebration of the IRA!
Some Mothers Son is a thinly disguised piece of IRA propaganda, celebrating the IRA hunger strikers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
I had seen this movie some years back and purchased it to share with my nieces. They had no idea about the hunger strikes!
Helen Mirren was wonderful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by William Peebles
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving
Odd that a film as well done and as moving as this one took so long to come out on DVD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marc McElligott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie to learn what really happens between the Irish and the British in Ireland's fight for freedom from British rule. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant
This movie was very well acted and absorbing. A very difficult story and, unfortunately, true - shows the many injustices in this life.
Published 14 months ago by gloria h
5.0 out of 5 stars About time it was released on DVD
Has this tape for years. Finally glad they released it on DVD? My wife loves this movie and once we changed over from tape to DVD it was years before we were able to watch this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Guzas
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Some Mother's Son
Brilliantly acted fictionalised account of the Irish Hunger Strikes of 1981. It captures well the comeraderie amongst Irish political prisoners, the differences in families whose... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rosemary Ahearn
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Very educating. I love learning about what happens to people just like me in other countries.
I will share it with others also
Published 17 months ago by brenda sherman
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