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The Crying Game (1992)

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

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Breffni McKenna ...
Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
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Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
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Andrée Bernard ...
Jane (as Andree Bernard)
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Storyline

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:

Juego de lágrimas  »

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Budget:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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Producer Stephen Woolley owned a repertory cinema in London called the "Scala", when there were funding issues with the film Woolley ended up borrowing money from the Scala to keep the production afloat. See more »

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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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Stand By Your Man
Composed by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Recording Courtesy of MCA Records
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One Story Two Many
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This well known Film and its equally well known and at the time unexpected, explicit, and shocking scene, tries to be a dual Drama. It has a "split personality". It has both humanistic and political concerns. The double story combines uneasily and probably would have been better concentrating on the trans-looking and trans-spirited nature and the uncomfortable, but warm, relationship of the two very sensitive characters that are at the heart of this gallant effort.

The opening scenes are the least affecting and the intertwining of both "soldiers" back-story commitment is uneasy, if not forced into the narrative. The best parts are some creative dialog and the "lovers" interplay.

The result is a not so great film with an attraction of aspects that do move things along, but with uneven results. It is the compelling and quite different coupling that works the best and the other part seems to belong in another Film with another agenda. To geminate the two story lines appears to be the biggest failing and in the end it is very good by a half.


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