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State of Grace (1990)

A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writer:

Dennis McIntyre

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Terry Noonan
Ed Harris ... Frankie Flannery
Gary Oldman ... Jackie Flannery
Robin Wright ... Kathleen Flannery
John Turturro ... Nick
Burgess Meredith ... Finn
R.D. Call ... Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant
Joe Viterelli ... Borelli
John C. Reilly ... Stevie McGuire
Deirdre O'Connell ... Irene
Marco St. John ... Jimmy Cavello
Thomas G. Waites ... Frankie's Man
Michael Cambridge Michael Cambridge ... Frankie's Man (as Brian Burke)
Michael Cumpsty ... Frankie's Man
Mick Cunningham ... Frankie's Man (as Michael Cunningham)
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Storyline

Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister Kathleen. Soon, however, Terry is torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalties to others. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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bar | anger | betrayal | weeping | gang war | See All (78) »

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The Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Vorhof der Hölle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,927, 16 September 1990

Gross USA:

$1,911,542

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,911,542
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several incidents in the film are based on actual testimony given by captured mobsters. The meeting in the restaurant with the Italian mobster and the dead man's hand sequences are based on the recollections of various New York gangs. See more »

Goofs

When the drug deal goes bad in the opening scenes, Sean Penn shoots the two with a Smith & Wesson Model 6906. When they return to the car and he points the gun at his friend, the hammer is not cocked. The Smith & Wesson Model 6906 has a hidden hammer and as it is also a semi-automatic, the hammer would be cocked after firing. See more »

Quotes

Terry Noonan: [throws the Italian mobster's gun in the ocean] I hope that was your favorite gun. I hope you loved that gun.
Borelli's Man: You micks don't know who you've fucked with!
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Connections

References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I Loved You Yesterday
Written and performed by Lyle Lovett
Published by Michael H. Goldsen, Inc. / Lyle Lovett (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Curb Records / MCA Records
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Very well done
21 August 2000 | by EW-3See all my reviews

"State Of Grace" is a film loosely based on the story of the "Westies", the New York Hells Kitchen Irish mob that thrived during the 70s and early 80s. This gang of hoods was extremely violent and unpredictable, and even gave most of the Italian Mafioso (who far outnumbered them) the jitters. Gary Oldman is phenomenal in this film. He is a highly versatile actor in a class by himself, or at the very least, belongs with the likes of Olivier and DeNiro, in that Oldman has proven himself in a wide range of diverse roles besides this one (e.g., in "JFK" as Lee Harvey Oswald, in Dracula as the title role, and even in "Lost In Space" as Dr. Smith). If nothing else, see it for him. But kudos must also go to Sean Penn and Ed Harris for their excellent performances as well. Sean Penn in particular was very well cast. The story is believable, the atmosphere is realistic, and the acting keeps you on the edge of your seat. A very good modern-day crime film.


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