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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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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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They come from different worlds. They fight for different causes. Now, two men from opposite sides of the law are about to go to war. 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:

$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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The original script for the film was much darker than the version used for the final film. Amongst other elements: Pitt's Frankie the Angel character alternated between slaughtering all of the inhabitants of a crack house and crooning Irish music at a local pub; Ford's Tom O'Meara was a "hair bag cop" who got that unflattering nickname because he's been a uniformed officer for so long; and an entire scene consisted of O'Meara and his partner throwing vile insults at each other. This draft was the one that Brad Pitt read before deciding to sign onto the project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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References Key Largo (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Elvis Waits
Written by Nan Vernon & James Hallawell
Performed by Nan Vernon
Courtesy of Anxious Records/Eastwest Records/Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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