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Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 31 October 2008 (Ireland)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

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Steve McQueen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Graham ... Raymond Lohan
Laine Megaw ... Raymond's Wife
Brian Milligan ... Davey Gillen
Liam McMahon ... Gerry Campbell
Karen Hassan ... Gerry's Girlfriend
Michael Fassbender ... Bobby Sands
Frank McCusker ... The Governor
Lalor Roddy ... William
Helen Madden Helen Madden ... Mrs. Sands
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Mr. Sands
Geoff Gatt Geoff Gatt ... Bearded Man
Rory Mullen Rory Mullen ... Priest
Ben Peel Ben Peel ... Riot Prison Offficer Stephen Graves
Helena Bereen ... Raymond's Mother
Paddy Jenkins Paddy Jenkins ... Hitman
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Storyline

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Written by Icon

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An odyssey, in which the smallest gestures become epic and when the body is the last resource for protest. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980, 7 December 2008

Gross USA:

$154,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,185,113
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bobby Sands first appears on screen 26 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

Raymond Lohan's Ford Granada is a Mk2 Facelift, which was released in winter 1981 and would've appeared on Irish roads in 1982. See more »

Quotes

Father Dominic Moran: [offering Sands a cigarette] Bit of a break from smokin' the Bible, eh?
Bobby Sands: [agrees]
Father Dominic Moran: Anyone work out which book is the best smoke?
Bobby Sands: We only smoke the Lamentations. A right miserable cigarette.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Shame (2013) See more »

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Performed by Maya Beiser
Composed by Michael Gordon
Published by Red Poppy in association with G. Schirmir, Inc.
Bang On A Can - Classics CA21010
Cantaloupe Music October 08, 2002
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Excellent Film
23 June 2012 | by Johnboy1221See all my reviews

While I will admit that I had a hard time watching some scenes in this film, I found it to be outstanding. The acting, particularly that of Michael Fassbender, is awesome, and so is the writing and directing.

The film does have it's flaws, especially the over-long hallway cleanup scene (fast-forward time), but it was still well-worth viewing.

Don't get me wrong. I did not come away from the film feeling sorry for the NRA members who were imprisoned, who foolishly demanded they be called political prisoners. They were terrorists, plain and simple, who murdered innocent men, women and children for their cause.

Had they served their time without incident, most would have been released from prison and gone on to live their lives in peace. There's two kinds of lives we all live....a life of peace, or a life of chaos. They chose chaos, and suffered the end result.

That said, the conditions at that prison were enough to make me squirm. Then again, prison is punishment, not designed to be a country club.

In my opinion, McQueen's biggest mistake was the omission of the horrors these men were guilty of committing, which would have given the viewer a more balanced approach to what happened.

Watch the film for the performances, if you aren't too weak stomached. Fassbender should have been nominated for an Oscar, in my opinion. The others were exceptional, as well.


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