Some Mother's Son

Some Mother's Son

Helen Mirren
Director: Terry George Cast: Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
, Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
, Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen
Terry George


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A 1981 hunger strike in a Belfast prison is the historical inspiration for the drama Some Mother's Son, which attempts to focus on the personal dimensions of the event through its portrayal of the families of the striking prisoners. Directed by Terry George, co-author of In the Name of the Father, the film is anchored by Helen Mirren's performance as Kathleen Quigley, an educated, thoughtful schoolteacher who feels the Irish-English conflict is remote from her life until her son is arrested for his involvement with the Irish Republican Army. Yet while she supports her son and works to save his life, Kathleen nevertheless maintains her disdain for violence. This is in great contrast to Annie Higgins, the mother of Gerard's collaborator, who wholeheartedly embraces the IRA's mission. Despite their differing philosophies, the women form an uneasy bond over the suffering of their imprisoned sons. Kathleen finds herself increasingly politicized but finds herself facing a moral dilemma when the prisoners begin a hunger strike. As Gerard's next of kin, it is her right to agree to intravenous feeding should her son enter a coma; however, many people, including Annie, would see such as an act as betrayal of the strike, leaving Kathleen with a choice between saving her son's life and respecting his cause.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2011
UPC: 0883316328569
Original Release: 1996
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 3,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Mirren Kathleen Quigley
Fionnula Flanagan Annie Higgis
Aidan Gillen Gerard Quigley
David Patrick O'Hara Frank Higgins
John Lynch Bobby Sands
Tim Woodward Harrington
Ciarán Hinds Danny Boyle
Gerard McSorley Father Daly
Geraldine O'Rawe Alice Quigley
Robert Taylor Election Agent

Technical Credits
Terry George Director,Screenwriter
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Burke Producer
Connor Devlin Art Director
Arthur Lappin Producer
Craig McKay Editor
Helen Mirren Associate Producer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Michael Murray Asst. Director
Carolyn Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jim Sheridan Producer,Screenwriter
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Bill Whelan Score Composer,Songwriter
David Wilson Production Designer

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Some Mother's Son 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
goldlute More than 1 year ago
I have not seen the dvd version only the HBO version but I am so glad it is finally coming to dvd,. I have already preordered. This movie shows a reality about Northern Ireland that a lot of us forget since it is not in our country. Everyone in this film does a wonderful job and the movie does leave you with thoughts about all of the tragedies that have taken place in Northern Ireland.
Guest More than 1 year ago
beautiful !! It's a good film of the troubles in n.ireland.