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State of Grace (1990)

A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.

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Cast

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Kathleen Flannery
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Nick
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Finn
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Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant
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Borelli
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Stevie McGuire
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Irene
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Jimmy Cavello
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Frankie's Man
Michael Cambridge ...
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Frankie's Man (as Michael Cunningham)
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Storyline

Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister Kathleen. Soon, however, Terry is torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalties to others. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Vorhof der Hölle  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,911,542 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Sean Penn, and four Oscar nominees: Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Burgess Meredith and John C. Reilly. See more »

Goofs

When the drug deal goes bad in the opening scenes, Sean Penn shoots the two with a Smith & Wesson Model 6906. When they return to the car and he points the gun at his friend, the hammer is not cocked. The Smith & Wesson Model 6906 has a hidden hammer and as it is also a semi-automatic, the hammer would be cocked after firing. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: What did you find out, Pat?
Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant: Nobody knows him. They must have brought him down from Boston. Brought him down from Boston to rat us out.
Frankie: It don't matter where the faggot cocksucker's from because he's dead. It's $15,000 the minute he takes his last breath. You bring me his motherfuckin' rat head it's $30,000.
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Connections

References The Shootist (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Ways To Be Wicked
Performed by Lone Justice
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Another SEVERELY Overlooked Film
14 July 1999 | by (Northeastern USA) – See all my reviews

Aside from being a great, dark film, with a substantial plot line and a GIANT cast (Oldman, Penn, and Harris), this is an Oldman performance not to be believed. Mr. Oldman himself has been quoted as saying that "State of Grace" is HIS favourite performance. And, as usual, he gives a performance to be equalled by none.

Sean Penn is marvelous, too, and Harris portrays evil incarnate.

This film should be re-evaluated, and Gary Oldman should have received the Oscar for it. His portrayal of Jackie Flannery, a wild, violent young gangster with an ethereal tender streak - is simply phenomenal.


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