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The Crying Game (1992)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  19 February 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Breffni McKenna ...
Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
Joe Savino ...
Birdy Sweeney ...
Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
Jane (as Andree Bernard)
Jack Carr ...
Josephine White ...
Bar Performer 1
Shar Campbell ...
Bar Performer 2


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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'Desire is a Danger Zone' (used on UK Posters) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de lágrimas  »

Box Office


£2,300,000 (estimated)


$62,549,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Dil's hair during the first scene taking place in the Metro. See more »


[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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When A Man Loves A Woman
Composed by Cameron Lewis and Arthur Wright
Published by Pronto Music Inc./Quinvy Music Publishing Co./Warner Tamberlane Publishing Corp.
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Percy Sledge
Recording Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
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Forever fighting....
14 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. While "the scene" achieved great notoriety and some think that's all the movie is about, it's really about so much more. The desperation of the Irish to achieve freedom from England is very much on display here. Like other ancient feuds around the globe, the passion on both sides is evident in their willingness to do just about anything to advance their cause(s). It's also a powerful, if strange, story of human love. Complicated, deeply felt, real love. The kind that would make you sacrifice virtually everything to prevent the one you love from suffering pain. Excellent acting makes this a worthwhile investment of time. A film to remember and cherish.

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