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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 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 <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 »

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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Did You Know?


In Bridget's room a poster for the movie Cool World can briefly be seen, a previous film starring Brad Pitt. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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Referenced in Fraudulent (2015) See more »


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Written by Robert Bradley
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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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