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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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Shar Campbell ...
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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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The movie everyone is talking about... But no one is giving away its secrets. See more »


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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)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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The film was shot on such a shoestring budget it actually came very close to running out of funds. 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 »

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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Referenced in Law & Order: Profile (1993) See more »

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Baby Jump
Composed by Ray Dorset
Published by Our Music Ltd.
Performed by Mungo Jerry
Recording Courtesy of Castle Communications PLC.
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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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