Michael Collins

Michael Collins (Liam Neeson) returns to his home town of West Cork and meets with one of Dev's (Alan Rickman) messengers. The messenger says that Dev will meet with Collins the next day at a farm at noon for negotiations. But this is a trap and on the way to the farm, Collins and his troops are attacked by the messenger kid and a handful of men. Collins is killed. Real footage of Michael Collins' funeral is shown and it's mentioned that all Ireland mourned his death. He died at age 31 and he managed to bring the conflict with Great Britain to a stalemate and initiated the process of Ireland becoming a republic.


Factual error: The Lee Enfield rifle is chambered by singular repetitions with a bolt action. When Collins' wayward friend is shot in the water, the rifle shots are rapid semi-automatic fire.

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Eamon de Valera: The Irish people established the Irish Republic. It can only be disestablished by the Irish people.

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Trivia: While Collins is often credited with creating guerrilla warfare, he is never seen killing anyone in the film.

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