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
Michael Cambridge ...
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Mick Cunningham ...
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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The Irish Mob in New York. 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

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$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 »

Goofs

During the final shootout in the bar, the slide locks back on Frankie's gun. After he's shot, he falls to the ground revealing the slide forward. Not such a big deal in itself but the slide locking back was really illuminated during the previous scene. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra
By arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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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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