State of Grace (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 September 1990 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Flannery
Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant
Stevie McGuire
Jimmy Cavello
Frankie's Man
Michael Cambridge ...
Frankie's Man (as Brian Burke)
Michael Cumpsty ...
Frankie's Man
Mick Cunningham ...
Frankie's Man (as Michael Cunningham)


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Vorhof der Hölle  »

Box Office


$1,911,542 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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On-screen brothers Gary Oldman and Ed Harris would both go on to play composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Oldman played the part in Immortal Beloved (1994), and Harris would play him in Copying Beethoven (2006). See more »


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Jackie Flannery: Yea and I'm Friar Fuck.
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Very well done
21 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"State Of Grace" is a film loosely based on the story of the "Westies", the New York Hells Kitchen Irish mob that thrived during the 70s and early 80s. This gang of hoods was extremely violent and unpredictable, and even gave most of the Italian Mafioso (who far outnumbered them) the jitters. Gary Oldman is phenomenal in this film. He is a highly versatile actor in a class by himself, or at the very least, belongs with the likes of Olivier and DeNiro, in that Oldman has proven himself in a wide range of diverse roles besides this one (e.g., in "JFK" as Lee Harvey Oswald, in Dracula as the title role, and even in "Lost In Space" as Dr. Smith). If nothing else, see it for him. But kudos must also go to Sean Penn and Ed Harris for their excellent performances as well. Sean Penn in particular was very well cast. The story is believable, the atmosphere is realistic, and the acting keeps you on the edge of your seat. A very good modern-day crime film.

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