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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.

Director:

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 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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A compelling and unforgettable portrayal of life within the maze prison at the time of 1981 IRA hunger strike. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,413 (United Kingdom), 2 November 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980, 7 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,084, 7 June 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First theatrical film directed by Steve McQueen. 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

Priest: Life must mean nothing to you.
Bobby Sands: God's gonna punish me?
Priest: Well, if not just for suicide, then he'd have to punish you for stupidity.
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Featured in Front Row: Michael Fassbender/Kate Winslet (2017) 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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Gruesome in the beginning, then long Dramatic dialog in the middle then back to shocking and sad ..
25 December 2018 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

From Hunger to 12 Years a Slave it took Steve McQueen 3 movies to make his name in Hollywood ,, through movies of suffering and injustice ,, just wow !! and the amount of dedication by Michael Fassbender was unimaginable..

The story itself reflect its reality upon the events and just leave us shocked ,, the script was somewhat good ,, the start was as i said gruesome and so shocking to a point where its unwatchable ,, then comes the dialog between "Bobby" and "Father Dominic" , ease things up ,, but intensify the drama ,, then at the end it goes back to the suffering part.

The cast was unbelievably amazing , from Michael Fassbender to Stuart Graham, the two actors in the beginning ,, they all did very well.

Recommended.


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