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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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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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2.35 : 1
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A few lines of dialogue allude to Dil as being significantly older than Fergus (more specifically, a remark Dil makes about preferring younger men). Jaye Davidson, who plays Dil, is actually twenty-one years younger than Stephen Rea, who plays Fergus. 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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References Desire (1982) See more »


The Crying Game
Composed by Geoff Stephens
Published by Peermusic (UK) Ltd.
Vocals by Kate Robbins
Produced by Anne Dudley
Recording Courtesy of Palace (Soldier's Wife) 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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