Some Mother's Son

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Written and directed by Terry George, who scripted IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, this weepy piece of agitprop is undeniably powerful, despite its one-sided point of view and nationalist ardor. Its success is largely the result of a predictably smart and eloquent lead performance from Helen Mirren, playing the mother of an Irish hunger striker following Bobby...read more

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Written and directed by Terry George, who scripted IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, this weepy piece of agitprop is undeniably powerful, despite its one-sided point of view and nationalist ardor. Its success is largely the result of a predictably smart and eloquent lead

performance from Helen Mirren, playing the mother of an Irish hunger striker following Bobby Sands on his fatal 1981 protest. It's a fabulous, sad story, but George, like his countrymen Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, reduce it to unambiguous pieties and hand-wringing. If the Troubles were this

clear-cut, they'd have been worked out a century ago. You know the drill: The British are all raving demons; the rebels are righteous, mother-loving lads; the air is heavy with drunken whimsy. What survives all the Celtic gas is the tale's simple, devastating crux: Once the strikers pass into

comas, the mothers are given the right to choose between allowing intravenous feeding or watching their sons die. Mirren, one of our best living actresses, makes the crisis palpable, although nothing in the film is quite as moving as history itself, summed up in a final, awe-inspiring title card

explaining the strike's conclusion. For that moment, George's film is truly tragic.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Written and directed by Terry George, who scripted IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, this weepy piece of agitprop is undeniably powerful, despite its one-sided point of view and nationalist ardor. Its success is largely the result of a predictably smart and eloqu… (more)

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