Perhaps the best way to show the devastating effect of war is through the eyes of the soldier's mother. In 1981, the height of the war in Northern Ireland, a crack down on IRA activities landed many young Catholics in British jails. Through two mothers we are shown, blow-by-blow, the events that lead up to the hunger strikes of Bobby Sands and his compatriots as they insisted on being treated as prisoners of war and not as criminals.
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Director Terry George
Writer Jim Sheridan
Cast Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara, John Lynch