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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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Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
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Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
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Dil
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Jane (as Andree Bernard)
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Jack Carr ...
Franknum
Josephine White ...
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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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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  »

Box Office

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£2,300,000 (estimated)

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$62,549,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 The Simpsons: Marge in Chains (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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