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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 <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »


Frankie idles the trawler's engine just a few yards from the dock prior to Tom's accosting him, yet the boat is in open water when Tom takes the wheel and turns the boat back toward shore. 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 The Holiday (2006) See more »


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Written by Bryan Abrams, Howie Tee (as Howard Thompson), Mark Calderon, Sam Watters,
Kevin Thornton, Steve Cropper & Isaac Hayes
Performed by Color Me Badd
Courtesy of Revolution
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It's not an American stoory, it's an Oirish oon!
20 July 2000 | by (detroit, michigan) – See all my reviews

A large part of Brad Pitt's genius as a movie star is his ability to pick scripts. "The Devil's Own" certainly indicates a lapse in judgment, but to a Hollywood tough guy, an IRA role is irresistible. You get a leather jacket, a ski mask, a machine gun and a cool accent. The Ulster accent is, as every movie star knows, very easy to master: just randomly scramble your vowel sounds, say "fook's seek" frequently--and you're Oirish!

But far more laughable than the accents are the action scenes, which are so badly choreographed and edited, it's hard to believe the film is a Hollywood product. First there is Sean and Frankie's shootout with "half the fookin' army," which they win. Then they escape because the British forget to watch the back door. Also, there is the mysterious appearance of a vast forest in the middle of downtown Belfast, into which IRA terrorists can easily escape when cornered. Next there is the shootout with Billy Burke, in which Frankie somehow manages to fire three rounds from a double-barrelled shotgun (taking out a sniper who, oddly enough, falls forward from the impact of a shot in the chest), retrieves his pistol and fires the same shot twice--hitting Billy Burke, who for some reason counted to ten before lunging for his own gun.

The biggest mistake was in casting Harrison Ford, a lead man who commands $20,000,000 per film, and putting him in a supporting role, which of course had to be rewritten and elevated to a co-lead. The result: instead of a film about an IRA terrorist who comes to the States to buy munitions (which is a good precept), we get a film about a New York cop who's got an IRA terrorist living in his basement. Anyone who initially proposed such a story to the studio would have been turned down, and that would have been fortunate for all involved.

In fairness to Pitt, he did try to walk away from the project, and in order to save face, ridiculed the movie before it hit the theaters, which suggests that he had more sense than anyone else on the set.

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