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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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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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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »


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 »


[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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Composed by Ray Dorset
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Performed by Mungo Jerry
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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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