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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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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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Im Vorhof der Hölle  »

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$1,911,542 (USA)
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Director Phil Joanou introduced his then-girlfriend Uma Thurman to actor Gary Oldman on the set, and she became Oldman's second wife shortly after the film premiered. The marriage only lasted 18 months before Uma filed for divorce in March 1992. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Jackie Flannery: The last guinea who walked around up here was Columbus, and he only lasted a week.
Borelli's Man: What are you, some fuckin' asshole? Or are you just taking lessons?
Jackie Flannery: [smirks and headbutts him]
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Referenced in En la cama (2005) See more »

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White City
Written by Shane MacGowan
Performed by The Pogues
Published by Stiff Music Limited.
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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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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