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      Some Mother's Son

      R 1996 1 hr. 52 min. Drama List
      71% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 86% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 1981, Kathleen Quigley (Helen Mirren), a soft-spoken Irish schoolteacher, is shocked to learn that her son, Gerard (Aidan Gillen), has been arrested for his involvement in the Irish Republican Army. In prison, Gerard and his friend, Frank Higgins (David O'Hara), participate in a hunger strike. Kathleen, who's desperately worried for Gerard's health, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Frank's mother, Annie (Fionnula Flanagan), who supports their sons' drastic choice. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 30 Rent Now

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      lanfranco c Dramatic and Powerful! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member some mothers son is an amazing film and gives you an inside look in to what really went on with the hunger strikers. truly touching film five star film by far the acting is briliant in this film one of my personal favourites. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member too political!! and they used this as a story that was!!!!!! uninspiring Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review carlo c De los mimos productores de 'En El Nombre del Padre', esta cinta actuada y producida por Hellen Mirren cuenta la historia de un grupo de integrantes del IRA que a principios de los ochentas, bajo el régimen de la primer ministra Margaret Tatcher, fueron capturados, encarcelados y desmoralizados, al grado de que se debatieron entre la vida y la muerte en la lucha por sus ideales, pereciendo algunos, saliendo avante otros. Buena película y ver a Helen Mirren siempre es un deleite Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Like In the Name of the Father, SMS peaks into the lives of its political prisoners through the eyes of their family members outside the walls, the cameras taking a back seat to the drama until the well-executed street marches and funerals. Even during the emotional hunger strike sequence, directors Whelan and George maintain a respectful distance, refraining from the usual heavy-handedness applied to movies about The Troubles. While Lynch and O'Hara make plausible IRA heavyweights, Brit stalwart Mirren's accent sounds more Home Counties than Irish but doesn't that detract from a fine performance as mother of one of the hunger strikers. A bleak and heartfelt film but rousing in its own subtle way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member More Provo propaganda which portrays the IRA in a way to make the audience feel sympathetic for their "cause" Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Russell Smith Austin Chronicle Rated: 4/5 Jun 5, 2005 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Tom Cassidy Common Sense Media While Hunger tells the story in unflinching, gruesome detail, Some Mother's Son is a slightly easier but still troubling account of a desperate period of Irish and British history. Rated: 4/5 Oct 18, 2023 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Nov 23, 2004 Full Review Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette Rated: 3/5 Jul 2, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1981, Kathleen Quigley (Helen Mirren), a soft-spoken Irish schoolteacher, is shocked to learn that her son, Gerard (Aidan Gillen), has been arrested for his involvement in the Irish Republican Army. In prison, Gerard and his friend, Frank Higgins (David O'Hara), participate in a hunger strike. Kathleen, who's desperately worried for Gerard's health, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Frank's mother, Annie (Fionnula Flanagan), who supports their sons' drastic choice.
      Director
      Terry George
      Executive Producer
      Rod Stoneman
      Screenwriter
      Terry George, Jim Sheridan
      Production Co
      Castle Rock Entertainment, Hell's Kitchen Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 29, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $608.0K
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