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 <>

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The Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen. 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?


Film debut of Joe Viterelli. See more »


When Nicholson guns down the bartender who had just been talking to Terry, the baseball bat the bartender is holding while being shot varies from being shot to pieces to being back in one piece again between shots. See more »


Nick: Jesus Christ, I thought you Kitchen guys were tough guys.
Terry Noonan: We're not tough, Nick! We're just crazy.
Nick: You ain't either. You're a fuckin' crybaby.
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References U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) See more »


Ways To Be Wicked
Performed by Lone Justice
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the best. And DeNiro's not in it.
30 July 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Simply put, this movie is perfect. I live in NYC and the general air of it is caught perfectly on film. The people, the places, everything. I especially like the bluish tint used over a lot of the film. It definitely adds to the mood. The performances are incredible, even Burgess Meredith in the couple of minutes that he has onscreen. Sean Penn and Ed Harris together create an unbelievable amount of tension. I have to give them both kudos and especially Robin Wright, who turns in an excellent performance as the frustrated love interest who's connection to the life follows her no matter how far uptown she moves. No surprise when I say that Gary Oldman takes the cake for this one. He manages to outshine everyone around him, just like he did in the Professional. His performance is the driving force behind this movie and it is worth watching just to catch this legend in the making in one of his earlier roles. I cannot find one flaw in this movie and the slow motion finale is among the top five ending sequences ever. Every viewing reveals something else, something to make you appreciate this film even more. Catch this one if you haven't seen it, you won't be disappointed. My only regret is that I didn't see it while it was in theatrical release. One of the best gangster flicks, period. Rating: ***** out of *****.

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