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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 <>

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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 »

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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Alan J. Pakula' was tapped to direct because he was the only person acceptable to both Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. It turned out to be the final film Pakula finished before his death. See more »


The trawler's engine is at idle during the shootout, yet afterwards, Tom only turns the ship's wheel; he does not advance the throttle prior to turning the boat and heading back to shore. See more »


[first lines]
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Offensive In The Extreme
11 July 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

THE DEVIL'S OWN is an extreme film . Extremely bad that is , and also extremely offensive to anyone to have known the sorrow of the " Troubles " . I'm still trying to work out what the most unlikely bit of the film is , the British MI6 agent who's the baddie or the battle scene at the start of the film . I'll go for the battle scene that leaves several Brits and IRA men dead . I was going to type terrorists instead of IRA men but THE DEVIL'S OWN doesn't really consider the IRA to be terrorists , more like feisty freedom fighters who like to take on the fascist British Army in a toe to toe battle that resembles the battle of Mogadishu. Well if you can be bothered to look up the death toll for September 1992 you'll find that a total of 8 people ( That's eight real people - not Hollywood extras ) died in the troubles that month , all civilians . There's also something disgusting about the fact that we see hunky Brad Pitt - Who cannot do an oirish accent at all - playing another IRA man . Why do Hollywood movies always cast a hunk like Sean Bean or Richard Gere as an IRA man ?

If you're confused by my disgust at THE DEVIL'S OWN well imagine this : A film starring hunky George Clooney as a freedom fighter for Al Quida who's on a mission to buy stinger missiles to shoot down American helicopters in Afghanistan and it's up to a murderous agent from the fascist CIA to stop him by liquidating the gallant freedom fighter . Do you think Hollywood would produce something like that ? I rest my case

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