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The Devil's Own (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 (as Mitchell Ryan)
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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The trailer shows many scenes that are not present in the final released version - including a love scene between Frankie and Megan. See more »

Goofs

During the first shoot out Frankie yells to Ronnie and points to him. We see Ronnie turn the corner and start to shoot. However if you look closely debris is falling "upward". Obviously the shot is in reverse. The same shot is repeated moments later but correctly. See more »

Quotes

Billy Burke: Hey Rory. You might wanna tell Sean about this.
Rory: Maybe I'll give him a call.
Billy Burke: You could if he was home. But he's not home. You wanna see him? I know he wants to see you.
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Connections

Referenced in Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

This War Is Over
Written and Performed by Melissa Etheridge
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Alan J. Pakula's last film is incredibly disappointing...
10 March 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a very mediocre movie, and a bad sign-off for Alan J. Pakula (who died a year later in 1998 from a car crash). Listen to Brad Pitt's awful accent for a few moments and you'll get a clear idea that this film is going nowhere.

It caused some controversy on release because of its simplified view of the IRA/Britain terrorism and some people (particularly Europeans I suppose) took offense to the fact that Brad Pitt's character is given a "motive" for what he does... and the film seems to sympathy with him.

Brad Pitt hated the film and Harrison Ford and him battled on set over who would become the focus of the film itself (apparently Pitt became upset because the script was re-written and his character was given less screen time).

I only recommend it to people who haven't seen many movies. Why? Because then the recycled dialogue, characters, plot, and performances may seem fresh.

But as it stands, "The Devil's Own" is a poor example of mediocre film-making. Or is that a "good" example of mediocre film-making? Whatever it is, the film is not anything special, and certainly not anything that hasn't been done before.


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