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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

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Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire
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Sheila O'Meara
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Edwin Diaz
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Billy Burke
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Peter Fitzsimmons
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Chief Jim Kelly
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Megan Doherty
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Sean Phelan
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Harry Sloan
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Bridget O'Meara
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Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer ...
Annie O'Meara
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Martin MacDuff
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Dessie
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Storyline

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>

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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 »


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

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26 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo íntimo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$42,877,165 (USA) (4 July 1997)
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In Bridget's room a poster for the movie Cool World can briefly be seen, a previous film starring Brad Pitt. See more »

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Tom, as a trained veteran policeman, would always wear a seatbelt, yet in the closeup of him during the traffic jam scene, he is not wearing it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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Referenced in The Nanny: The Nose Knows (1997) See more »

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(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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War Of Pitt Vs. Ford= One Big Mess
23 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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Nobody enjoys Alan Pakula's movies like I do. Klute is one of my favorite movies. Young people do not know the stories surrounding the making of this movie. The release kept being postponed and word leaked out of open warfare on the set between Ford and Pitt and their huge differences over what kind of movie they wished to make. The movie shows the result. As other reviewers have pointed out, we have reflective scenes, action scenes and IRA stuff, as in Patriot Games, all blended together in one big, brainless collage. What is left are some good scenes, in places, but there is no coherence to the movie or the slightest thematic unity. You will watch some scenes and ask why: we are watching them play pool? Why are we watching the entire confirmation ceremony of Ford's little daughter? It slows the narrative down to a glacier. We have the two disparate stories, Ford's corrupt partner he must turn in and the IRA story of Pitt going on simultaneously going back and forth from one to the other like a teeter totter. What the result of the war is, you can easily divine how peace was struck. Each of the leads get some of the scenes they wanted and the movie is obliterated.

It really is two movies in one. Ford's wrestling with whether to turn his idiot partner who killed an unarmed man, or the IRA story of Sean and his quest to buy Stinger missiles from crooked arms dealer Treat Williams. This goes back to the beginning where Sean and the IRA decide until they shoot down some English helicopters the war is lost. Frankly, the Ford story is boring beyond belief. We get some romance with his wife which again slows the movie down. We and other people yelled: pick a movie!! The sad part is the Pitt story is great and every time it picks up steam back to the Ford crap we go. Treat Williams is great as a crooked, sadistic arms dealer who you should never trust. The ending is moving and well done but it will only anger you at the movie that might have been. Frankly, the Ford story bears no thematic congruency with the IRA story and I cannot but wonder if it is here simply to give Ford more screen time.

The family rituals: dinner, confirmation, pool, walks on the night streets, why are these here? Pitt's parts are the only ones worth watching but the movie defies you to keep it on. Just as your interest in the compelling IRA story unfolds, back to Ford, his squeeze and their eternal social calender. It was in our paper that the original director quit or was fired and was replaced by Pakula. There was plenty of press how neither of the two leads would ever work with the other again. Whatever the soap opera, this is one absolute mess. If you really like the Pitt Irish story, you are going to have to endure plenty of extraneous crap that will really annoy you. If only these two idiots could have worked together what a movie this might have been. I am sorry, I cannot recommend this movie.


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