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The Crying Game (1992)

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

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Breffni McKenna ...
Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
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Eddie
Birdy Sweeney ...
Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
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Dil
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Jane (as Andree Bernard)
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Col
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Dave
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Jack Carr ...
Franknum
Josephine White ...
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Shar Campbell ...
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An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude, another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil. Fergus adopts the name "Jimmy" and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background. But there are some things about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either... Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Rated R for sexuality, strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Soldier's Wife  »

Box Office

Budget:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,107 (USA) (29 November 1992)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Neil Jordan originally intended to title the film "The soldier's wife", however he was advised by his friend Stanley Kubrick to change it. Kubrick recommended this change because he believed that films with either religious or military titles usually deterred audiences and were often financial failures (something that Jordan had experienced when his religiously titled movies The Miracle (1991) and We're No Angels (1989) flopped at the box office). Jordan selected the new title title from a 1960s hit British pop song. See more »

Goofs

During the street assassination scene a sub-machine gun is used to attack officials entering a car; however, despite the wild spray of bullets and several officials on both sides of the car being hit, no glass breaks in any of the windows and there is no indication of any damage to the body of the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jody: [playing ring toss at a carnival] Right.
[tosses a ring]
Jody: That.
[tosses a ring]
Jody: And that. And that is cricket, hon.
Jody: [wins a large teddy bear] Do you want it?
Jude: Sure!
Jody: [hands her the teddy bear] Doesn't matter if you don't. You know I won't be offended. Jody's never offended. What'd you say your name was?
Jude: Jude.
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Spoofed in Kingpin (1996) See more »

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The Crying Game
Composed by Geoff Stephens
Published by Peermusic (UK) Ltd.
Performed by Dave Berry
Recording Courtesy of Polygram Records Ltd.
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So much more than the "secret"
1 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Truly fantastic movie. Neil Jordan's apparent tale of an IRA terrorist who becomes involved in the life of one of his captives explores so much beyond the plot – issues of identity, belief, and yes, even love. The performances are brilliant from every cast member, especially so for Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, and the incomparable Jaye Davidson. Even if you know the secret, you'll still probably be captivated by this film. A triumph for Jordan one of the best movies of the 1990s.


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