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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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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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£2,300,000 (estimated)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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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 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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Let The Music Play
Composed by Chris Barbarosa and Ed Chisolm
By Kind Permission of Shapiro Bernstein & Co Ltd./Emergency Music Ltd.
Performed by Carol Thompson
Produced by Pet Shop Boys
Recording Courtesy of Spaghetti Recordings Ltd.
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"When a Man Loves a Woman, She would Stand by Her Man"
6 May 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This wonderful movie is even better on the repeat viewing after the secret was out because you'd pay more attention to the smallest details and enjoy the brilliant storytelling and acting by everyone. Besides Rea, Whitaker, and Miranda Richardson, I'd like to mention Jim Broadbent as a sympathetic bartender Col. For me, though, the absolutely stunning, one of the very best debuts in the movie history was Jaye Davidson who had no movie experience. You know, there are not many characters that I keep thinking about after the movie is over - where did they come from, how their life would turn after the final credits, how would this cruel world treat them, would they be happy? And I want them to be happy. Dil (Davidson) is one of them - what a marvelous creature, how vulnerable yet dignified she is, what a combination of dry remote coolness and quiet tenderness. No wonder, Fergus (Rea) (as Whitaker's Jody before him) fell under her spell even after he found out that nothing is what it seems. Great movie - makes you think, makes you feel, makes you talk about it, makes you want to see it again.

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This movie disturbed me, but I'm not sure exactly why. theb1927
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that's not a plot twist... blairclaxton
I'll admit it, I found Dil to be pretty attractive! skillmastabrett
Saw it coming... delrod4
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