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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
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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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The scene where Jackie introduces his girlfriend to Terry, music by the band 'U2' can be heard playing in the background. Director Phil Joanou previously directed their live concert film U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) and, later, their music video for the single "One." See more »


The NY State vehicle registration and inspection stickers disappear and reappear from the driver's side of Jack's windshield; these would not be absent from any car legally registered in NY. See more »


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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References The Shootist (1976) See more »


Drink Before the War
Written and performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Published by Dizzy Heights Music Publishing Ltd. / Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)
Used by permission of Ensign Records Ltd. / Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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Is there ANYTHING Gary Oldman can't do?
7 August 2000 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

.....up to and maybe including walk on water? Oldman is so utterly and completely Jackie Flannery in this film, you might be tempted to dismiss his performance as 'playing to type'. Until you see this inspired chameleon's other work, where he IS Lee Harvey Oswald or TRUE ROMANCE's Drexl or Joe Orton or - tell you what, YOU pick the role. Oldman inhales, and the character he's portraying exhales. (And this is not to shortshrift the incredible work offered by Penn, Harris, Wright, Reilly and the rest of this film's ensemble.) It's disgraceful that Hollywood can't think of anything better to do with this brilliant and courageous actor these days than 'villain roles' in big-budget comic books like LOST IN SPACE, but when he's working with material commensurate to his skill, he's without peer. When an actor pushes himself like this, takes risks like this, you become aware that there can be no nobler profession. Gary Oldman may not be 'box office', and now and then he may even crash and burn...but when he flies, he soars higher than any performer presently working. For Pete's sake, see this movie and everything else he's done.

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