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+
Genre: Drama, Historical; Starring: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman; Director: Neil Jordan; Author: Neil Jordan; Release Date Wide: 10/11/1996; Runtime (in minutes): 133; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted November 8 1996 — 12:00 AM EST
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