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Harrison Ford ... Tom O'Meara

Brad Pitt ... Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire

Margaret Colin ... Sheila O'Meara

Rubén Blades ... Edwin Diaz

Treat Williams ... Billy Burke

George Hearn ... Peter Fitzsimmons

Mitch Ryan ... Chief Jim Kelly (as Mitchell Ryan)

Natascha McElhone ... Megan Doherty

Paul Ronan ... Sean Phelan

Simon Jones ... Harry Sloan

Julia Stiles ... Bridget O'Meara

Ashley Carin ... Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer ... Annie O'Meara

David O'Hara ... Martin MacDuff

David Wilmot ... Dessie

Anthony Brophy ... Gerard
Shane Dunne ... Young Frankie
Martin Dunne ... Frankie's Father
Gabrielle Reidy ... Frankie's Mother
Samantha Conroy ... Frankie's Sister
Baxter Harris ... Customs Agent

Hassan Johnson ... Teenager

Scott Nicholson ... Rookie Cop
Jonathan Earl Peck ... Jerry
Sixto Ramos ... Hispanic Man

Mya Michaels ... Hispanic Woman
Jessica Marie Kavanagh ... Hispanic Girl

Brendan Kelly ... Teddy

Kevin Nagle ... Thug
Gregory Salata ... Tony (as Greg Salata)
Joseph P. Dandry ... Joey the Bartender (as Joseph Dandry)
Jack McKillop ... Jack Fitzsimmons
Mac Orange ... The Maid

Malachy McCourt ... Bishop

Marian Tomas Griffin ... Cousin Eileen
Peggy Shay ... Aunt Birdie
Danielle McGovern ... Brooke
Ciarán O'Reilly ... Father Canlon (as Ciaran O'Reilly)

Rob McElhenney ... Kevin (as Rob McElhenny)
Donald J. Meade ... Irish Musician
Patrick Reynolds ... Irish Musician
Peter Rufli ... Irish Musician

Debbon Ayer ... Tour Guide
Mario Polit ... Young Dominican

Chance Kelly ... Masked Burglar
Greg Stebner ... Uniformed Cop
William Paulson ... Detective

Bill Hoag ... Trucker

Victor Slezak ... Evan Stanley - FBI

Damien Leake ... Art Fisher - FBI
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wilson Cleveland ... Rory's friend (uncredited)

Ricardo Cordero ... Police Sergeant Aims (uncredited)

Joseph Tudisco ... Cop #1 (uncredited)
Ron Wall ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
Writing credits
Kevin Jarre (story)

David Aaron Cohen (screenplay) &
Vincent Patrick (screenplay) and
Kevin Jarre (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Donald Laventhall .... executive producer
Lloyd Levin .... executive producer
Karen L. Thorson .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
Art Direction by
Robert Guerra 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... hair artist: Mr. Pitt (as Jean Black)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Mr. Pitt (as Jean Black)
Rosie Blackmore .... chief makeup artist: Dublin
Anne Dunne .... chief hair stylist: Dublin
Ken Jennings .... chief makeup artist: Dublin
Michael Kriston .... key hair stylist: Mr. Ford
Michael Laudati .... key makeup artist: Mr. Ford
Martina McCarthy .... chief hair stylist: Dublin
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair stylist (as Aaron Quarles)
Peggy Schierholz .... hair stylist
Carla White .... makeup artist
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Carole Dunne .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jonathan Filley .... unit production manager
John McDonnell .... unit manager: Dublin
Lucille Smith .... production supervisor (as Lucille Masone Smith)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director: Dublin
David R. Ellis .... second unit director: Dublin (as David Ellis)
John Gallagher .... first assistant director: second unit, Dublin (as John E. Gallagher)
Peter Kohn .... first assistant director
Ruan Magan .... second assistant director: Dublin
Michael Reichman .... dga trainee
Scott Robertson .... second second assistant director
John Rusk .... second assistant director
Daisy Cummins .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
James J. Archer .... set dresser (as Jim Archer)
Russ Bailey .... construction manager: Dublin
Nathan Crowley .... art director: Dublin
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master (as Robert J. Griffon Jr.)
John McDonnell .... assistant property master (as John B. McDonnell)
Nuala McKernan .... props leadman: Dublin
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Eamonn O'Higgins .... set dresser: Dublin (as Eamon O'Higgins)
Mickey Pugh .... stand-by props: Dublin
Robert J. Scupp .... on-set dresser (as Robert Scupp)
Dick Tice .... leadman
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist (as Richard Ventre)
Mickey Woolfson .... stand-by props: Dublin (as Micky Woolfson)
Eoin Bailey .... stagehand (uncredited)
Elise Bennett .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael 'Bones' Buono .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Matt Busch .... painter (uncredited)
Jason Carlin .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jay Durrwachter .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mick Flood .... props (uncredited)
Joey Genitempo .... on-set scenic: re-shoots (uncredited)
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Rene Knol .... dressing props: Ireland (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... dialogue editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Daniel Birch .... production sound mixer: Dublin (as Dan Birch)
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... assistant sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Farrell .... cableman: Dublin
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Annette Kudrak .... assistant sound editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Karen McMullen .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Eddie Quinn .... boom operator: Dublin
Nicholas Renbeck .... assistant sound editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Mike Schmidt .... cable person
Wyatt Sprague .... assistant sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Kenna Doeringer .... assistant adr editor (uncredited)
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects librarian (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Philip Cory)
Robert Kirshoff .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Andrew McDade .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects
Edward Wiessenhaan .... special effects supervisor: Dublin
Harrie Wiessenhaan .... special effects supervisor: Dublin (as Harry Wiessenhaan)
James Brady .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
John Alden .... stunt double: Mr. Ford
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunt double: Mr. Blades (as Dan Barringer)
Richard L. Blackwell .... stunt player (as Richard Blackwell)
Dan Bradley .... stunt player
Keith Campbell .... stunt player
Doug Coleman .... stunt coordinator
Eliza Coleman .... stunt player
Bob Marrocco .... stunt player (as Robert Dale Marrocco)
Eddie Matthews .... stunt player
Scott Wilder .... stunt double: Mr. Pitt
Jim Wilkey .... stunt player
Stuart Clark .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Roy Farfel .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Dominick Hewitt .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Michael R. Long .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Donal O'Farrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Smyj .... stunts (uncredited)
Philippe Zone .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera (as Jim Belletier)
Francis Brady .... best boy electric (as Francis J. Brady)
Kenny Byrne .... camera operator: Dublin (as Ken Byrne)
Gary Capo .... director of photography: second unit, Dublin
Jack Coffen .... rigging gaffer
Louis Conroy .... gaffer: Dublin
Noel Cullen .... best boy electric: Dublin
Craig DiBona .... camera operator (as Craig Di Bona)
Edwin Effrein .... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Eddie Effrein)
Frank Graziadei .... video assist operator
Chris Hammond .... electrician
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dave Knox)
Terry Mulligan .... gaffer: Dublin
George Patsos .... key grip
James Pollard .... dolly grip
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer (as Michael Proscia)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Des Whelan .... camera operator: Dublin
Garret Baldwin .... electrician (uncredited)
Donal Caulfield .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Howard J. Cournoyer .... best boy rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Tim Davies .... grip (uncredited)
Zsolt Kadar .... camera loader (uncredited)
Ciaran Kavanagh .... camera focus: second unit (uncredited)
Davie Mayes .... generator operator: Dublin (uncredited)
Colin Mayo .... lighting technician: re-shoots (uncredited)
Thomas Mumme .... assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Jeff Petro .... assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nuala Moiselle .... casting: Dublin
Michele Ortlip .... casting associate
Kirsten Schatz .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... wardrobe supervisor (as Timothy J. Alberts)
Joan Bergin .... costume designer: Dublin
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor
Ger Scully .... wardrobe supervisor: Dublin
Michael Anzalone .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
Cathie Filian .... costumes (uncredited)
Leslie Joyce .... costumes: Mr. Ford (uncredited)
Tara Van Zyl .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Andi Kasen Bergman .... first assistant film editor (as Andi Kasen)
Andrew Buckland .... apprentice editor
Terry Claborn .... color timer
Armando Fente .... second assistant film editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez .... second assistant film editor (as Sonia N. Gonzalez)
Joel Heller .... assistant editor: lightworks
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Kelly Irvine .... first assistant film editor
Marty Levenstein .... additional editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Javier Reyna .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Music Department
Missy Cohen .... assistant music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Lesley Langs .... assistant music editor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Dan Lieberstein .... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation co-captain
Gerry Fearon .... transportation captain: Dublin
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Justin Escher Alpert .... production assistant
Steve Altes .... stand-in: Mr. Pitt
Adam Baer .... location scout
Diane Bandolas .... production accountant
Joan G. Bostwick .... production assistant
Alice Byrne .... technical advisor
Frances Byrne .... production coordinator: Dublin (as Fran Byrne)
Mara Hade Connolly .... production accountant
Dougal Cousins .... location manager: Ireland
George Duffield .... production assistant
Gary Romolo Fiorelli .... production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Ellen Gannon .... production coordinator
Cynthia Garcia .... assistant: Mr. Pakula
Donal Geraghty .... production accountant: Dublin
Lawrence Gordon .... presenter
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor: Dublin (as Karen Wookey)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Lisa Hayden .... set assistant: Mr. Pakula
Michael J. Kinney .... production assistant (as Michael Kinney)
Samara Koffler .... assistant: Mr. Ford
Paul Kramer .... assistant location manager
Diana E. Latham .... assistant production coordinator
Neil Lewis .... production assistant
Gerry Lundberg .... publicist: Dublin
Paddy McCarney .... key production assistant
Evan D. McGlinn .... technical advisor
John McKenna .... armorer: Dublin
Pat McMahon .... armorer: Dublin
Lucas Meyers .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Kellie Morrison .... location coordinator
Jimmy Murphy .... military advisor: Dublin
Linda Murphy .... assistant production coordinator: Dublin
Mal Murray .... military advisor: Dublin
Jim O'Reilly .... technical advisor
Evan Perazzo .... location scout
Peter Phillips .... production assistant
Nancy Rosing .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Gregory Routt .... location scout (as Greg Routt)
Peter Soldo .... production assistant
Catherine Solt .... assistant: Mr. Pakula (as Cathy Solt)
Robin Squibb .... script supervisor
Michael Stricks .... location manager
Anita Sum .... production assistant
Andrew Vogliano .... production assistant
Eric Yellin .... production assistant
John Ian Briody .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cara Butler .... dance instructor (uncredited)
Julia Campanelli .... stand-in: Margaret Colin (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Sile Dorney .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Gerry Ferrara .... projectionist (uncredited)
Keith Foston .... location assistant (uncredited)
Stefan Gesek .... production assistant (uncredited)
Melanie Gore-Grimes .... assistant location manager: Ireland (uncredited)
Andrew Hegarty .... assistant location manager: Ireland (uncredited)
Liz Keily .... boat coordinator: Ireland (uncredited)
Niall Martin .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Morris .... location assistant: Ireland (uncredited)
Maria O'Connor .... assistant location manager: Ireland (uncredited)
Peggy Robinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Skip Rose .... stand-in: Harrison Ford (uncredited)
Tina Ross .... location assistant (uncredited)
Art Smith Jr. .... production assistant: New York City (uncredited)
Clodagh Tierney .... location assistant (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Mike Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Irapaul Turner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Venegas .... set production assistant (uncredited)
David Wenzel .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sabine Wührer .... assistant script supervisor: Ireland (uncredited)
Steve Clark .... special thanks: Greenport Yacht and Shipyard
David Kapell .... special thanks: Mayor of the Village of Greenport
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, and for language
107 min
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The trailer shows many scenes that are not present in the final released version - including a love scene between Frankie and Megan.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in the bottom left corner of the glass on the trawler before Frankie pops up and starts shooting.See more »
Rory:All the same, Mr. Fitzsimmoms, if you're not confused, you don't know what's goin' on.See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Attempts to work on several different levels, and works on none of them, 18 September 2009
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

"The Devil's Own" is one of Hollywood's periodical ventures into the murky world of Irish politics. Harrison Ford, who stars here, had five years earlier starred in another such film, "Patriot Games". There is, however, a difference between the two films. "Patriot Games" is an action thriller which simply uses the Northern Ireland situation to provide a motivation for the bad guys; they happen to be Irish Republican terrorists, but they could equally well have been Islamic militants, or Russian spies, or Mafia hit-men, and it would have made little difference to the film. "The Devil's Own", by contrast, aims for something more ambitious.

The two main characters are Frankie McGuire, a member of the Provisional IRA on a mission to New York to purchase weapons, and his landlord Tom O'Meara, an Irish-American police officer. For about two thirds of the film Tom does not know that his lodger is an IRA man; indeed, he does not even know the young man's real name as Frankie is using the alias Rory Devaney. Tom is only enlightened towards the end of the film when he discovers in "Rory's" bedroom a bag containing millions of dollars. (Are the IRA so amateurish that they would entrust the money for their arms deals to a man who then leaves it under the bed in someone else's house?)

His discovery of the truth puts Tom in a difficult position. On the on e hand he disapproves of violence so cannot allow Frankie to go ahead with his plan to buy missiles for the IRA. On the other hand, he does not want any harm to come to the young man, so tries to protect him from the FBI and MI5 agents who are on his tail. (It is quite possible that the British security forces might set up hit squads to hunt down IRA men, but it seems highly unlikely that such squads would be permitted to operate on American soil with the full knowledge and cooperation of the US authorities).

There is also a sub-plot involving Tom's attempts to cover up for his partner Eddie, who has shot dead a criminal who was running from him. Tom tells his superiors that the man was armed, although he had already thrown away his gun before being shot.

I felt, however, that this sub-plot was never properly integrated into the main film. I was not surprised to discover that the film went through several rewrites after the original script was discarded, as it had the feel of a film written by a committee. Each member of the committee, moreover, appears to have had his or her own agenda. One member wanted to make an action thriller, a second wanted to make a political commentary on the Northern Ireland situation and a third wanted to make a character-driven psychological drama exploring Tom's ethical dilemma in having to choose between the demands of friendship and his obligation as a police officer to uphold the law. Eventually the chairman, who had the casting vote, ruled that the film would be a mixture of all three approaches.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with a film which attempts to work on several different levels. The trouble with "The Devil's Own" is that it doesn't really work on any of them. As an action thriller it is too slow moving, with most of the action crammed into the opening and the ending. As political commentary it is too obviously slanted towards a pro-IRA position with a misguided attempt to make Frankie a sympathetic figure. (That is perhaps only to be expected from Hollywood, particularly in its pre-9/11 period. Americans who approve of this should ask themselves how they would react to a British film which tried to glamorise Timothy McVeigh or the Unabomber). As a psychological drama it is dull and the Eddie subplot is never successfully integrated with the main action.

The film was turning out so badly that one of its main stars, Brad Pitt, wanted to leave the set and was only restrained from doing so by the threat of an injunction. Rather surprisingly, therefore, Pitt's performance is one of the better things about this movie. (His Irish accent, too, is quite convincing). He is certainly better than his co-star Harrison Ford who actually described this film as one of his favourites. Although Tom O'Meara is a role of the sort in which Ford normally excels- a decent, solid family man confronted with a crisis- his performance here is a dull, stodgy one, and not one of his best.

Overall, the film is a disappointment, despite its two major-league stars and its major-league director. This was the last film to be made by Alan J. Pakula before his tragic death a year later in a road accident. Pakula was responsible for some excellent films, notably "Sophie's Choice", so it is a shame that his career did not end on a higher note. 4/10

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