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The Crying Game (1992)

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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Birdy Sweeney ...
Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
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Dil
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Jane (as Andree Bernard)
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Dave
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Jack Carr ...
Franknum
Josephine White ...
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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)  »

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The Soldier's Wife  »

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£2,300,000 (estimated)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

During the scene shot at Balbriggan County, Dublin, a Northern Ireland Railways GM locomotive 113 passes in the background, with a passenger train. The sound dubbed in is a British Rail HST railcar set, which is quite different. The sound effect is also too short; most of the train passes silently. See more »

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[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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The Crying Game
Composed by Geoff Stephens
Published by Peermusic (UK) Ltd.
Performed by Boy George
Produced by Pet Shop Boys
Recording Courtesy of Spaghetti Recordings Ltd.
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An amazing film
27 January 2001 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

The less you know about this film, the better. I won't tell you anything except what a well-written and well-acted movie this is. from the first 15 minutes, which is mainly dialogue between two actors, you are completely drawn in to the film, which has almost dream-like qualities.

If you were planning to see it just because of the "twist" and to see what everyone was talking about, then see it. If you were planning to see it for the amazing script, acting and direction - see it. And if you were planning on not seeing it - see it


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