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The Devil's Own (1997)

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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harrison Ford was paid $20 million to star in the film, and Brad Pitt earned $12 million. See more »


In the opening scenes the film is meant to be set in Belfast, however the road markings are more like that of where it was filmed - the Republic of Ireland. See more »


[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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Referenced in Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997) See more »


(Somebody) Loan Me A Dime
Written by Fenton Robinson
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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1 March 2003 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

This film is just a second-rate thriller which uses Northern Ireland as a convenient backdrop to add colour. Unfortunately, the portrayal of Belfast and the terrorists and intelligence community is stereotypical, romanticised and hugely inaccurate. The gun battle at the beginning is just ludicrous and from then on the film becomes a showcase for nauseating Irish-American 'culture,' all blarney and dreaming of the 'oul country. The acting doesn't help as Ford sleepwalks and Pitt can't maintain the accent. It is possible to make good thrillers set in Northern Ireland which do not dodge the politics and have sensitivity, but none of them have been made by US production companies. 'Harry's Game' is by far the best example, devastatingly accurate closely followed by 'The Children of The North' and the black comedy 'Divorcing Jack' more recently. See these and give this Hollywood rubbish a miss.

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