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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
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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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A family ripped apart by violence. A love corrupted by betrayal. A friendship stained by blood. 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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Did You Know?


Several incidents in the film are based on actual testimony given by captured mobsters. The meeting in the restaurant with the Italian mobster and the dead man's hand sequences are based on the recollections of various New York gangs. See more »


Early in the film when Jackie introduces Terry to Irene in the bar, Terry has already ordered and is drinking a Guinness. A short time later, after Jackie and Irene leave, there is a slow motion shot in which Terry is now drinking what appears to be hard liquor from a rocks glass. See more »


Jackie Flannery: What's the matter,your stomach upset?
Terry Noonan: Starting to get up in the morning Jack, it's like I'm pulling my socks over my shoes.
Jackie Flannery: Yeah?
Terry Noonan: Like I'm in this fucking fog.
Jackie Flannery: Terry, you're missing the point here. I can't remember shit, that's the way I like it. Only hint of a problem is I need a little Maalox, but I can buy Maalox.
Terry Noonan: You always were tougher than me Jack.
Jackie Flannery: I always thought I was just crazier.
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Simply One of The Best Films Ever Made
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The credits have just begun rolling on what has been my 7th full viewing of State of Grace. (This number doesn't count the times I've watched it after having missed some portion of the film.) I first saw this film as a rental some time around 1992, and it has not lost a bit of its relevance. It is nothing short of mesmerizing. Every time I watch it I'm pulled in completely. The performances are the reason this is one of my all-time favorite films. Gary Oldman was so convincing that I was surprised the first time I heard him speak in his native dialect. His performance in this film, as in virtually every film he's been in, was a thesis on acting. Sean Penn turned in a masterful performance that was complex and nuanced. And Ed Harris displayed his usual laser beam intensity. Everyone in this ensemble piece resonated perfectly to create this vivid story. I hope this film comes to be recognized as the classic I already believe it is.

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