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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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Cast

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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
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Frankie's Man (as Michael Cunningham)
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Storyline

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 Hell's Kitchen. 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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Trivia

Several incidents in the film are based on actual testimony given by captured mobsters. The meeting in the restaurant with the Italian mobster and the dead man's hand sequences are based on the recollections of various New York gangs. See more »

Goofs

When the drug deal goes bad in the opening scenes, Sean Penn shoots the two with a Smith & Wesson Model 6906. When they return to the car and he points the gun at his friend, the hammer is not cocked. The Smith & Wesson Model 6906 has a hidden hammer and as it is also a semi-automatic, the hammer would be cocked after firing. See more »

Quotes

Terry: What the fuck you doing? You'll blow us up!
Jackie Flannery: Hundred yard dash.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Trip Through Your Wires
Written by U2 (music) / Bono (lyrics)
Performed by U2
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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