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The Devil's Own (1997)

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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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  »

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$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$42,877,165 (USA) (4 July 1997)
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Milcho Manchevski was originally slated to direct. See more »

Goofs

When Frankie shoots out the car's passenger-side window with the shotgun, a tight grouping of five or six bullet holes also simultaneously appears below the door's window frame. Obviously a pre-fabricated setup that was exposed by a small explosive charge and that was covered by the black paint on the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Gonna Fly Now
(Theme From Rocky (1976))
Written by Bill Conti, Ayn Robbins & Carol Connors
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One Sorry Mess
11 June 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a certain template for making "Oirish" movies in Hollywood. Add some or all of the following ingredients to your movie script

  • Aran Sweaters, a sub-Deliverance rural setting, comely maidens with red


hair, a village idiot (teeth optional), impromptu céilís and dancing at the crossroads, priests, drunken violence and the obligatory "Ooh arr, begorrah" accents and you have an Irish film. And if you want some controversy, why not try to tackle the situation in Northern Ireland by adding in some IRA men for good measure. Unfortunately, the Devil's Own has quite a few of the aforementioned clichés in abundance.

It is a great shame that with a cast and director of this calibre, they couldn't have come up with something better. There have been very few, if any, decent films ever made about Northern Ireland and perhaps it's time Hollywood stopped trying to put forward its own take on it, especially when it is as cack-handed as The Devil's Own. Not only is the whole movie grossly offensive to Irish people, and anyone else with a brain, but it is a dangerous message to be sending out to gullible Irish Americans. It's time film-makers stopped buying into the idea that the IRA are noble warriors when in fact they and others of their ilk are terrorists, pure and simple.

Avoid this like the plague. Brad Pitt's accent is the least of the problems in this film. He just isn't convincing as the cold-blooded killer he is supposed to be - he's far too nice. Harrison Ford is his usual reliable self but too much of the movie is taken up with a largely irrelevant sub-plot featuring himself and Ruben Blades as his police partner. At times, The Devil's Own seems like an IRA film mixed up with NYPD Blue.


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