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State of Grace (1990)

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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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 (as Michael Cunningham)
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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 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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A family ripped apart by violence. A love corrupted by betrayal. A friendship stained by blood. See more »


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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,911,542 (USA)
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The bar scene with Sean Penn has an obvious continuity flaw. Sean Penn orders Guinness but the camera shortly cuts to him drinking whiskey from a glass. See more »

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When Terry and Jackie are shooting at beer bottles on the roof at the start of the film, Terry's bottle is noticeably delayed in shattering after he fires his pistol at it. See more »

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[handing Stevie a paper]
Jackie Flannery: There's a horse running in the first called "Old Friend Arrives."
Stevie McGuire: No shit!
[to Terry]
Stevie McGuire: Look at this! First you save my ass, now you're gonna' win me some money! I love you, Terry, but I gotta' go. OTB opens in ten minutes. Today's my lucky day.
Terry Noonan: See you later.
[Stevie leaves]
Terry Noonan: . Lucky day. Luckiest day he ever had, his fuckin' dog got run over.
Jackie Flannery: Is he fucked up or is he fucked up?
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Ways To Be Wicked
Performed by Lone Justice
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Westies.
20 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

State of Grace is directed by Phil Joanou and written by Dennis McIntyre. It stars Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturo and John C. Reilly. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.

Terry Noonan (Penn) returns to Hells Kitchen after a number of years away and finds his best pal, Jackie Flannery (Oldman), is a major player in the Irish/American mob being run by his elder brother, Frankie Flannery (Harris). With a love interest rekindled and a secret he dare not reveal, Terry is soon caught in a maelstrom of danger and tested loyalties.

It got lost in the slipstream of Goodfellas, but although it's not in the same league as Scorsese's critical darling, State of Grace is a splendid slice of neo-noir gangsterism. The plot is made up of standard genre tropes, divided loyalties, betrayals, kinship, revenge, rivalries, territorial machismo and etc, all of which of course comes laced with spitfire dialogue and sparky violence.

The strengths come with the performances of the lead cast members, the visual flourishes via Cronenweth and Joanou and Morricone's classical score. Penn and Oldman are forces of nature, the former a ball of emotional turbulence, the latter a hopped up maniac with killer tendencies. Harris as the daddio main man is a moody and malevolent presence, as is Joe Viterelli as mafia boss man Borelli. Wright seems a little out of place in this material, Turturo isn't used nearly enough, but Reilly scores well with a limited role and Burgess Meredith pops in for a superb cameo.

It doesn't have originality on its side, but it's a mightily strong film regardless, with the human drama drawing one in as the tech skills impress across the board. 8/10


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