William John "Liam" Neeson OBE (born June 7, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. He is known for his role as Oskar Schindler in the 1993 film Schindler's List, and has since appeared in several popular film series, including the Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia and Batman Begins. He has also continued to play real-life characters, including Michael Collins and Alfred Kinsey.
Neeson was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland to Barnard Neeson, a caretaker at the local Catholic girls' school, and Katherine "Kitty" (née Brown), a cook. He was called Liam, the Irish equivalent to William, after the local priest. He was the third child in the family and the only boy among four siblings; his sisters are Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaline. At age nine, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club. It was at age eleven that Neeson first stepped on stage. His English teacher gave him the lead role in a school play, which he accepted...
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published novel in C. S. Lewis' children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. It will be the second film in The Chronicles of Narnia film series from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, following The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The four Pevensie children return to Narnia to aid a young prince in his struggle for the throne against his corrupt uncle King Miraz.
Originally scheduled for a December 2007 release, the film was pushed back to a May 16, 2008 premiere. The film, the fourth story in the series’s internal chronology, is being produced second to follow the order in which C. S. Lewis wrote the books, and to maintain believable continuity with the maturing actors. In continuity with the film version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, having returned from Narnia, the children's next visit to Narnia would be during the events of Prince...
The Untitled Abraham Lincoln biopic is a future biographical film about United States president Abraham Lincoln. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg, and will reunite the director with Schindler's List star Liam Neeson.Dreamworks bought the rights to an unpublished biography of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin in 2001.John Logan was hired to write the script, and Paul Webb was hired to rewrite it in October 2004.Liam Neeson was cast in January 2005, with filming set to begin the following year. As part of his preparation, Neeson has read twenty-two books about Lincoln, as well as the president's personal diaries. He also visited Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated.In April 2006, Spielberg admitted, "[T]here is nothing ready for me to direct, no script that is where I want it." Two months later, Spielberg said, "The script’s being written, and hopefully sometime in September or October of 2007 I’ll have the chance to start that. I can’t guarantee that, it’s...
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 film based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published novel in C.S. Lewis' children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. It was produced by Walden Media and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Four British children are evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside, and find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia, where they ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of the White Witch.
New Zealand born Andrew Adamson made his live-action directorial debut with the film. It was released on December 9, 2005 in both Europe and North America to positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office. It won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Make Up and various other awards, and is the first of what will be a series of films based on the books. An Extended Edition was released on December 12 2006 and was only made available on DVD until January 31 2007. It was the best...
Breakfast on Pluto is a 1998 novel by Patrick McCabe. The book was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize, and was adapted for the screen by McCabe and Neil Jordan; Jordan directed the 2005 film.
Set in 1960s to 1970s, the novel tells of the transgendered Patrick "Pussy" Braden's escape from the fictional Irish town of Tyreelin and a drunk foster mother, to find himself and the biological mother who gave him away. Bad luck surrounds him until he finds temporary contentment with a married politician who acts as a sugar daddy. The latter is killed by either the IRA or the Ulster Defence Volunteers, leaving Braden alone once again. He moves to London, becomes a prostitute in Piccadilly Circus, and later is arrested on suspicion of an IRA bombing, only to be released a few days later. He later embarks on a search to find his mother and is successful.
Director Neil Jordan's 2005 film adaptation starred Cillian Murphy in the central role. In the novel, the main character is called "Pussy,"...
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. Christopher Nolan directed the film, which stars Christian Bale as Batman, as well as Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman.
After the commercial and critical failure of Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin in 1997, Begins was a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The lighter comic-toned direction Schumacher had taken the franchise was abandoned, and the new film was written about Batman's origins with some inspirations from classic comic book storylines such as Batman: The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween. The film was the first live action film to depict this stage of the character's history.
Batman Begins was successful, and a sequel titled The Dark Knight is commissioned for a 2008 release with both Nolan and Bale returning.
Aged eight, Bruce Wayne falls into a cave where he is attacked by a swarm of bats....,
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic film, directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Alexander Siddig, Ghassan Massoud, Edward Norton, Jon Finch, Michael Sheen and Liam Neeson.
The story deals with the Crusades of the 12th century, and involves an artificer (a military mechanic; French: artificier) and engineer (in this case, someone who makes siege engines), serving as a village blacksmith who goes on to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim leader Saladin, who battles to reclaim the city from the Christians. The script is loosely based on the life of Balian of Ibelin. Professor Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University was the film's chief academic consultant.
Most filming took place in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Scott had filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. A replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem was constructed in the desert. Filming...,
Seraphim Falls is a 2007 film starring Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Anjelica Huston. It was written by David Von Ancken and Abby Everett Jaques and directed by Von Ancken himself, in his first feature film. The film was released for limited screenings on January 26, 2007.The film is set after the end of the American Civil War. Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) is hiding in the American Rockies, contemplating a fire. A shot pierces the silence and hits Gideon, who is then convulsed in pain and quickly runs away, followed by his pursuers. Soon the audience learn why: Gideon is a hunted man. Colonel Morsman Carver (Liam Neeson), a Confederate officer, has hired several mountain men to trap Gideon so that Carver can to avenge a terrible wrong that he once committed.From the snowy peaks, the story descends into the savannahs - full of rapacious traders, vicious railway foremen and overly-welcoming missionaries - and moves finally into the desert, where the two men challenge each other in the face...,
Kinsey is a 2004 biographical film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson). As a pioneer in the area of sexology research, his 1948 publication, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (the first of the Kinsey Reports) was one of the first recorded works that tried to scientifically address and investigate sexual behaviour and its consequences (and lack thereof) in humans. The movie also stars Laura Linney (in a performance nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker and William Sadler as Kenneth Braun. Kinsey was nominated for a number of awards, winning 10 of them.
Professor Alfred Kinsey, the protagonist, is being interviewed about his sex history. Through the interview, the salient points in Kinsey's life are revealed to the viewer in several flashbacks. There are two sequences: one depicting experiences as a...,
Love Actually is a romantic comedy first released in cinemas in October and November 2003. The film was the directorial debut of successful English screen-writer Richard Curtis and features an ensemble cast of predominantly British actors.The film's British premiere took place in Leicester Square in London on 16 November 2003. There, Curtis described his film as a "roaring rampage of romance" – a reference to the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Vol. 1 released around the same time, which had been referred to as "a roaring rampage of revenge". Among the more general themes of unrequited love and conflicted loyalties, more specific themes include amorous desires for employees and for American women.In response to critics, Curtis said at the premiere, "I'd rather make a film that most of the audience liked and some critics didn't, than a film that critics loved and nobody wanted to watch."As of July 2005, Love Actually had achieved a US gross box office of over $59 million and a world...,
Gangs of New York is a 2002 film set in the middle 19th century in the Five Points district of New York City. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan. The film is loosely inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1928 book The Gangs of New York. It was distributed by Miramax Films.
Gangs of New York is about the conflict between the "native" (mostly Protestant) criminal underworld associated with the Know Nothings and the immigrant, (mostly Catholic) gangs aligned with Tammany Hall. Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) is a young Irish American who gains the trust of William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting (Day-Lewis), leader of the Nativist gangs. The character of Cutting is based on Bill 'The Butcher' Poole, a real-life leader of the Bowery Boys gang who is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
The film begins in 1846 and quickly jumps to the early 1860s. The two principal issues of the era in New York were Irish immigration to the...,
K-19: The Widowmaker is a movie released on July 19, 2002, about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The movie was directed by Kathryn Bigelow; the screenplay was written by Christopher Kyle, based on a story by Louis Nowra.
The movie cost $100,000,000 to make, but gross returns were only $35,000,000 in the United States, qualifying it as a box-office bomb. The film was not financed by a major studio, (National Geographic was a key investor) making it one of the most expensive independent films to date. It was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Gimli, Manitoba, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Hotel class submarine K-19 was played by the Juliett class K-77, which was significantly modified for the role.
Klaus Badelt wrote the film's militaristic score.
The producers made some efforts to work with the original crew of K-19, and the script aroused considerable ire when they first read it. Two open letters were sent to the actors and production team, one...
The Haunting is a 1999 horror film remake of the 1963 film The Haunting. Both films are based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House, which was written by Shirley Jackson, and was published in 1959. It was directed by Jan de Bont and was released in the United States on July 20, 1999, and in Thailand on October 1, 1999.Tagline: "Some houses are born bad"When her mother dies, Eleanor "Nell" Vance (Taylor) has been forced to leave her apartment by her sister, Jane (Virginia Madsen). But a phone call brings her attention to an experiment on insomnia. The money she earns from the experiment ($900 a week) would be enough to pay off her rent and bill arrears until she gets a more stable job, so she decides to participate. This experiment is directed by Dr. David Marrow (Neeson) and is supposed to take place at Hill House - a haunting but beautiful manor in the Massachusetts countryside.When she arrives, Eleanor is immediately drawn to the house and is captivated by its beauty. She soon...,
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the fourth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, and the first in terms of internal chronology.
The film begins as two Jedi Knights are assigned as ambassadors to a trade dispute that is threatening the planet Naboo. When the situation turns violent, the Jedi, along with Padmé Amidala, the planet's queen, flee Naboo in an attempt to reach the capital world Coruscant in the hope of finding a peaceful end to the dispute. Along the way, the ship must stop for repairs on the planet Tatooine. It is there that the Jedi encounter Anakin Skywalker, a young slave boy who is unusually strong with the Force. When the group returns to Naboo, they realize that the situation is much worse than they thought — the evil Sith have returned.
The release of the film on May 19 1999 came almost 16 years after the previous film in the series, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The...,
Les Misérables is a 1998 film version of Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name, directed by Bille August. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Danes and Uma Thurman.
As in the original novel, the story line follows the adult life of Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), an ex-convict (paroled following 19 years of hard labor, for stealing bread) pursued by police Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush). The movie is relatively true to Hugo's original novel, but shortens and simplifies the story considerably, and leaves out several important characters and scenes from the book.
Through the kindness of a bishop that Valjean was robbing, Valjean starts his life anew, becoming a wealthy industrialist, and a mayor, eventually befriending Fantine, a single mother turned prostitute, played by Uma Thurman. At Fantine's death, the Mayor agrees to raise her very young daughter, Cosette, while he goes into hiding from Javert. Many years later, the adolescent Cosette, played by Claire Danes,...
Michael Collins a 1996 biopic about Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. Liam Neeson stars as the title character. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (as Harry Boland), Stephen Rea (as Ned Broy), Alan Rickman (as Eamon de Valera), Julia Roberts (as Kitty Kiernan), Ian Hart and Charles Dance. It was scripted and directed by Neil Jordan. The soundtrack was written by Elliot Goldenthal. The film was an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the UK and the USA.In Ireland, the film was extremely successful, becoming the second most successful movie in Irish box-office history and the most successful Irish-made film of all time. The film received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for its historical inaccuracies.With a budget estimated at between $35 to $40 million, receiving 10% to 12% of its budget from the Irish Film Board, the film was one of the most expensive films ever...,
Rob Roy is a movie that was released on April 7, 1995. The director was Michael Caton-Jones. The film was generally inspired by elements of the life of a 17th-18th century Scot named Robert Roy MacGregor and his battles with feudal landowners in the Scottish Highlands. MGM/United Artists, distributors of the film, describe Rob Roy as a "riveting adventure of courage, love and uncompromising honour."
The film stars Liam Neeson in the title role, along with Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz and Brian Cox. Tim Roth was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the villain Archibald Cunningham.
Times are hard in the early 1700’s in the Scottish Highlands. The traditional clan system is breaking down; formerly powerful Highland landholders like Clan MacGregor now languish in the grip of poverty, oppressed by the Anglophilic Lowland Scots nobility.
Chieftain Robert Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson) wishes to better the lives of clansmen, so...,
Nell is a 1994 drama film starring Jodie Foster as a young woman raised by her mother in an isolated cabin who has to face other human beings for the first time. The film was directed by Michael Apted, and was based on Mark Handley's play Idioglossia. The original music score is composed by Mark Isham. Foster was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role, and won a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Tagline:Language beyond understanding. Life beyond words. Discover...Nell Kellty's mother was paralyzed on one side, which contributed to the oddity of Nell's speech. Technically, because she lives in a house, cooks her food, wears clothing and competently performs routine household tasks, she is not a "wild child" or feral child. But she seems like one to outsiders at first, because of her terror of strangers, her sometimes ritualistic behaviour, and her unintelligible, idiosyncratic language. This language, called Nellish by the doctors studying Nell, is made up of...,
Schindler's List is a 1993 biographical film directed by Steven Spielberg, telling the story of Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten-German Catholic businessman who saved the lives of over one thousand Polish Jews during the Final Solution. It was based on the book Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, and starred Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as the SS officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler's secretary Itzhak Stern. The film was a box office success, and won several Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.The film begins with the relocation of Polish Jews from surrounding areas to Krakow in late 1939, shortly after the beginning of World War II. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), an unsuccessful businessman, arrives from Czechoslovakia in hopes of using the abundant slave labor force of Jews to manufacture goods for the German military. Schindler, an opportunistic member of the Nazi Party, lavishes bribes upon the army and SS officials in charge of procurement....,
Husbands and Wives is a 1992 American film directed and written by Woody Allen. The films stars Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, and Juliette Lewis. It was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judy Davis) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen).
The film is about two couples: Jack (Pollack) and Sally (Davis), and Gabe (Allen) and Judy (Farrow). Gabe is an English professor at a college, Judy works at a magazine, Jack is a businessman, and Sally is a co-worker. The film starts when Jack and Sally arrive at Gabe and Judy's apartment and announce their separation. Gabe is shocked, but Judy takes the news personally and is very hurt. Still confused, they go out for dinner.
Later that night, Judy asks Gabe if he ever fantasizes about other woman. Gabe brushes her questions off, and they go to bed. The next day, Gabe approaches Rain, a student of his that he admires for her brilliant writing. Rain and...
Leap of Faith is 1992 film starring Steve Martin as a fraudulent Christian faith healer named Jonas Nightengale who uses his revival meetings, in Rustwater, Kansas, to bilk believers out of their money. He eventually sees the error of his ways.
According to Ole Anthony, Martin "modeled the evangelist character on Benny Hinn".The story is similar to the book The Faith Healers by James Randi surrounding Peter Popoff. Randi claims the movie borrowed heavily from his book....,
Darkman is a 1990 film directed by Sam Raimi that was based on a short story he wrote that paid homage to Universal horror films of the 1930s. It stars Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who is attacked and left for dead by an evil mobster, Durant, (played by Larry Drake) after his girlfriend, an attorney (played by Frances McDormand) runs afoul of a corrupt developer (played by Colin Friels). After Durant sets his laboratory ablaze and leaves him for dead, Westlake survives, but is left totally disfigured and in intolerable pain. While hospitalized, he is subjected to a radical treatment that destroys the nerves connected to his brain, neutralizing his ability to sense pain, or any physical touch, for that matter. Now half-crazed, Westlake escapes the hospital and decides to get revenge on the criminals who took his life away, but now as a masked vigilante, known as Darkman.
Unable to secure the rights to both The Shadow and Batman, Raimi decided to create his own...,
The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series, set in San Francisco and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.
Picking up a couple years after the events in Sudden Impact, Harry "Dirty Harry " Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to investigate the death of rock singer Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey). He discovers that film director Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) is part of a game in which participants try to predict the most celebrity deaths, presumably from natural causes or from those that work in dangerous professions. In the meantime, Harry is being targeted by a mob boss named Lou Janero (Anthony Charnota), whom Harry had put in prison. In the end, it turns out that the killer is a deranged fan of Swan, named Harlan Rook (David Hunt) who thinks all of his ideas have been stolen by Swan.
Along the way Harry has to deal with the media (particularly reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson)), to balance their interference with the...,
Suspect is a 1987 crime thriller set in Washington D.C. starring Cher as Kathleen Riley, the Defense Attorney for deaf vagrant Carl Anderson, played by Liam Neeson, who is accused of murdering the secretary of a judge who has recently committed suicide. Dennis Quaid, as Eddie Sanger, is a juror on the case who starts to give tips to Riley on the case, challenging her assumption that Anderson is guilty. Sanger ultimately falls in love with Riley as they investigate the case further. It has been widely regarded as a low-key, though tense, stylish and successful thriller. The film has been credited for the high quality of acting despite the severe loopholes of the story. In particular, Cher, in the lead role, has received positive reviews.
The Mission is a 1986 British film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in eighteenth century South America. The film was written by Robert Bolt and directed by Roland Joffé. It stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes 1986, and an Oscar for Best Cinematography. In March 2007 it was Number 1 in the Church Times Top 50 Religious Films.The music was scored by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and is listed at #23 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.The film is set during the Jesuit Reductions, a programme by which Jesuit missionaries set up missions independent of the Spanish state to teach Christianity to the natives. It tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who enters the South American jungle to build a mission and convert a community of Guaraní Indians to Christianity.He is later joined by a reformed Portuguese mercenary, Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro)...
The Bounty is a 1984 historical film made by Dino De Laurentiis Productions and distributed by Orion Pictures Corporation and Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment. It was directed by Roger Donaldson and produced by Bernard Williams with Dino De Laurentiis as executive producer. The screenplay was by Robert Bolt and was based on the book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian (1972) by Richard Hough. The music score was composed by Vangelis and the cinematography was by Arthur Ibbetson.
The film stars Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins with Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bernard Hill, Philip Davis, Liam Neeson, John Sessions and Neil Morrissey.
The film is based on the real life story of Captain William Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny, led by his Master's Mate, Fletcher Christian on his ship, the Bounty.
This is the fifth film version of the story of the mutiny on the Bounty.
The first version, an Australian silent film, The Mutiny of the Bounty was made in 1916. The second, In...,
Krull is a 1983 heroic fantasy film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Ron Silverman. It stars Kenneth Marshall as Prince Colwyn and Lysette Anthony as Princess Lyssa.
One of the film's most distinguished features is a robust score by James Horner. The film is also notable for its early screen roles for the now famous Irish actor Liam Neeson and Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane and for its surrealistic set design within the Black Fortress.
The world of Krull is invaded by The Beast and his army of Slayers, who travel the galaxy in the mountain-like spaceship, the Black Fortress. The "Attacker" Slayers wear black armor while the "Defender" Slayers wear white armor. Both wield weapons that appear to be a (reloadable) single-shot laser rifle on one end, combined with a bayonet at the opposite end for close-quarter combat, it should be noted that the "Attacker" slayers have more of a sword-like weapon on the other end of the laser rifle, while the "Defender" slayers have one that...,
Excalibur is a 1981 film which retells the legend of King Arthur. It grossed USD$34,967,437 and was the 18th most successful film of that year.
Excalibur was directed by John Boorman and stars Nigel Terry (King Arthur), Helen Mirren (Arthur's half-sister Morgana), Nicol Williamson (Merlin), Nicholas Clay (Lancelot) and Cherie Lunghi (Guenevere). Even though he was 35 years old, Nigel Terry plays King Arthur from his teenage years to his ending as an aged monarch. The film also features some noted actors in early screen roles. Liam Neeson plays Gawain, Patrick Stewart plays King Leondegrance, and Gabriel Byrne plays Uther Pendragon. Several members of the Boorman family also appeared in the picture. Igrayne (Arthur's mother), the Lady of the Lake, Mordred as a boy, and the infant Arthur were all played by Boorman's children. Because of the number of Boormans involved with the film, it is sometimes called "The Boorman Family Project."
Excalibur was filmed in Irish locations in Wicklow...
Liam Neeson was born