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magildachunks
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Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
There seem to be a lot of movies from the 90's involving the IRA as a main subject.

Just three I've watched this week: Patriot Games, Blown Away, and The Devil's Own all center around the IRA.

I forgot how big an issue that was in the 80's and 90's before Bush listed them as a terrorist organisation after 9/11 and they immediately dropped their guns and brokered peace to avoid American involvment.

I understand that there is a small rumbling of them starting back up, but man...the amount of exposure in media they were getting seems crazy to me now. Especially the amount of mainstream movies with A list stars.


I don't know, just an observation I had.
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GetCocky11
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Recently read this book. If you're interested in The Troubles, I highly highly recommend it.

Image: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51jWHEYTkOL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg


Patriot Games and The Devil's Own are good movies. I thought Blown Away stunk. Michael Collins also came out in the 90s, if you like historical movies.
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
The IRA pulled off some stuff.

Assassinated Lord Mountbatten.

Tried to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

I was born in the UK in '85 so I'm more aware of it than probably most folks my age but still taking more appreciation for what happened.
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
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Do yourself a favor and find this one...


this one was heartbreaking


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Bigfishchoupique
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
I am reading about the “ troubles” now. The British had to move around some of those counties by helicopter instead of by ground. Kind of like Afghanistan.


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777Tiger
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
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they immediately dropped their guns and brokered peace to avoid American involvment.


I think it was the Irish women that were behind reeling those baws in


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sec13rowBBseat28
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
The Jackel was a 90’s film that involved the IRA.


BottomlandBrew
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
The Mcguffin in Ronin relates to the IRA.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
You used to be able to go into any Irish bar in NYC, Philly, etc. and see a donation jar for Noraid, which was an IRA front organization. Irish Americans liked to contribute to The Cause. It made them feel connected to the old country. The IRA played up that sentiment here while making no secret overseas of its ideological and material links to other international terror groups.

As long as the IRA kept its targets to the British military and government, and tried to minimize civilian casualties, they could plausibly claim to be a legitimate resistance group. They got more reckless in the eighties and nineties, going after softer targets on both sides of the border. This led to the Irish government recognizing the IRA as an existential threat and cracking down on them in the south. At the same time, the US went after their financiers here, and their source of funds dried up.

Meanwhile, a lot of neutral or sympathetic people had been sickened by the new expanded terror campaign. Bono's "frick the revolution" monologue the night of the Remembrance Day bombing was a significant turning point; he said it at some risk to his personal safety. Fun fact: it was at the Baton Rouge concert on their US tour.
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Boo Krewe
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Explain. American people who claim they're irish on st Patrick's day were funding it's?


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Pettifogger
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Can't think of the name, but there was a good movie on Prime or Netflix recently about a British soldier who got left behind in IRA neighborhoods in Belfast. It was very solid. I'd never heard of it but someone on the TV board stumbled on it and had recommended it.


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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Michael Collins with Liam Neeson also from the 90’s


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777Tiger
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
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You used to be able to go into any Irish bar in NYC, Philly,


in real Irish pubs you still can, some have special rooms for Irish that are loyal and dedicated to the "cause"


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SoFla Tideroller
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
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You used to be able to go into any Irish bar in NYC, Philly, etc. and see a donation jar for Noraid, which was an IRA front organization. Irish Americans liked to contribute to The Cause. It made them feel connected to the old country. The IRA played up that sentiment here while making no secret overseas of its ideological and material links to other international terror groups.



One of my professors in college said, "No one is more Irish than a third generation Boston Irish."


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Duckhammer_77
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OceanMan
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Retirement is often overlooked in the US, and these tax advantaged vehicles are the nicest thing the fed gov does for us in terms of tax savings.

I’m ok with bringing awareness to it but not sure I would watch a movie about them.


Emteein
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
Wiki link to list of IRA Bombings

IRA loved them some bombings. Roughly 10K bombings in 30 years.

ETA: The IRA's armed campaign, primarily in Northern Ireland but also in England and mainland Europe, caused the deaths of over 1,700 people, including roughly 1,000 members of the British security forces, and 500–644 civilians. In addition 275–300 members of the IRA were killed during the conflict.
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re: Line up of Amazon movies shows something I found interesting: IRA movies in the 90's
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I was born in the UK in '85
Coulda been you.

Kinda makes a bloke think, eh?


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