"Michael Collins" (1996)

Neil Jordan's labor of love, nurtured since 1983, portrays the last six furious years of Ireland's most famous revolutionary leader in its bloodiest era. The film, brilliantly shot by Chris Menges, unfolds like a vast nightmare from which we can't escape, exploding around us, ending in ashes. And Liam Neeson's steely Collins is shown as a guerrilla war genius who tries to turn diplomat and bridge-builder in a world where murder has become an everyday job and embittered rivals (Alan Rickman as Eamon de Valera) plot against him.
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