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The Crying Game (1992)

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

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Breffni McKenna ...
Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
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Eddie
Birdy Sweeney ...
Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
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Dil
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Jane (as Andree Bernard)
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Col
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Dave
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Jack Carr ...
Franknum
Josephine White ...
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Shar Campbell ...
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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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'Desire is a Danger Zone' (used on UK Posters) See more »


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

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19 February 1993 (USA)  »

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The Soldier's Wife  »

Box Office

Budget:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,107 (USA) (29 November 1992)

Gross:

$62,549,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Producer Stephen Woolley owned a repertory cinema in London called the "Scala", when there were funding issues with the film Woolley ended up borrowing money from the Scala to keep the production afloat. See more »

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Dil's hair during the first scene taking place in the Metro. 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 Wild Zero (1999) See more »

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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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One of the best films of the '90s
5 January 2000 | by (Providence, RI, USA) – See all my reviews

The first part of The Crying Game is based on a great short story by Frank O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation." The balance of this provocative, brilliantly made film takes you on a journey fueled by guilt, romance, terrorist intrigue, and a plot twist that ranks as one of the most startling in all cinema. The acting, by Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, and others, is all first-rate; the cinematography and score are stellar; and Neil Jordan directs with vigor and empathy.

How can anyone give this movie less than a 10? I can't.


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