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"Between love and loyalty... Between life and death... Lies a choice no mother should have to make."

Some Mother’s Son is a film by the Irish director Terry George. The plot of the story is based on the true events of the 1981 hunger strike that occurred in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland as a political protest. The main character in Some Mother's Son is a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who was being kept in jail because he led a protest against the treatment of IRA members who were already in jail. This man’s name was Bobby Sands, and his only protest was that these members be treated as prisoners of war rather than criminals.

When Bobby is taken to jail and unable to fight his cause from the outside, two of the mothers of IRA prisoners in jail with Bobby continue the fight outside of the jail. But Bobby’s own voice cannot be subdued, even from inside prison walls. Bobby convinces other prisoners to begin a hunger strike with him from within the walls of the prison. Bobby and the others refuse to eat until their complaints are acknowledged and conditions change for the IRA prisoners.

The hunger strike continues for weeks without prison or government response, and all but Bobby and one other boy have given up on the cause. But Bobby and his friend won't quit. It is at this point, after over sixty days, when the boys are on the verge of death, that the mothers of Bobby and the other IRA prisoner must make the hard decision for their sons of whether to respect their sons’ wishes and not allow the prison to feed them or grant the prison permission to forcibly feed their sons to keep them alive.

The mothers of the prisoners are played by the acclaimed English actress Helen Mirren and the Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan. Bobby is played by the actor John Lynch, who is from Bobby’s homeland of Northern Ireland.

| 1996 | 1 hr 52 min | 7.3/10
Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara
Terry George
Produced By
Edward Burke

Also starring Fionnula Flanagan

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