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The Devil's Own (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  26 March 1997 (USA)
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A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire
Sheila O'Meara
Edwin Diaz
Billy Burke
Peter Fitzsimmons
Chief Jim Kelly
Megan Doherty
Sean Phelan
Harry Sloan
Bridget O'Meara
Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer ...
Annie O'Meara
Martin MacDuff


A thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


One man trapped by destiny, and another bound by duty. They're about to discover what they're willing to fight, and to die for. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo íntimo  »

Box Office


$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,063,265 (USA) (28 March 1997)


$42,877,165 (USA) (4 July 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Trailers for the movie show many scenes that are not present in the final released version, these scenes are; Burke checking the stingers in some rocky outdoors, someone going down the stairs and stepping on the tripwire and exploding the grenade, love scene between Frankie and Megan and Frankie pointing his gun at someone while he is in bed with Megan, more dialogue from Tom when he is speaking to Megan about Frankie: "I love him. You love him too, don't you? He'll die if we don't do something". See more »


In the pool game scene Frankie sinks the orange stripe ball (the thirteen ball) three times on his run to sinking the eight ball. Of course this might be the rules of this one particular bar, but that's a stretch. See more »


[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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There Will Never Be Another You
Written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
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Good Performances, But It Seems A Bit Dated And Too Sympathetic To The IRA
28 March 2010 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Considering that the era of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland has largely come to an end, and the IRA is rarely heard from anymore (the fight over Northern Ireland's status having been successfully moved by the peace process into the political realm) this movie has a somewhat dated feel even though it's not even 15 years old yet, dealing as it does with a young IRA operative (Brad Pitt) who comes to America to buy weapons for use back home. On his arrival, a sympathetic Irish-American judge arranges to have him stay with a local Irish-American police officer (Harrison Ford), who isn't aware of of the IRA connections. Eventually, the arrangement comes to endanger the lives of the officer's entire family.

I'll grant that the two lead performances were pretty good. Pitt as Francis (or Rory, as he called himself in America) and Ford as O'Meara both seemed to capture their characters quite well. The first hour or so of the movie was rather slow-paced, but it picked up once O'Meara put everything together and figured out what Rory was all about. I was somewhat put off by what I thought was an implicit pro-IRA sentiment in this. At the movie's opening, Francis is sitting at the kitchen table at the age of 8 while his father says grace before a meal, only to have presumably unionist gunmen break into their home and shoot him in cold blood. It seemed to me that this was almost a way of justifying Francis/Rory's later actions, and it's even said at one point that "if I had seen my dad shot dead in front of me ..." Sorry, one can't justify those acts. "I'll do this because you did that," which means that a cycle just gets started that's hard to climb out of. Both IRA and unionist gunmen should have been ashamed to call themselves Catholic and Protestant, their actions having nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus, whom both Catholics and Protestants claim to follow.

Pro-IRA sentiment aside, I still thought this was a rather weak movie, saved somewhat by Pitt and Ford.

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