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
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Director Phil Joanou introduced his then-girlfriend Uma Thurman to actor Gary Oldman on the set, and she became Oldman's second wife shortly after the film premiered. The marriage only lasted 18 months before Uma filed for divorce in March 1992. See more »
About half way through when Terry tells Kathleen that he is a cop, behind them an arm can be seen as it waves past for a couple of seconds. See more »
Aside from being a great, dark film, with a substantial plot line and a GIANT cast (Oldman, Penn, and Harris), this is an Oldman performance not to be believed. Mr. Oldman himself has been quoted as saying that "State of Grace" is HIS favourite performance. And, as usual, he gives a performance to be equalled by none.
Sean Penn is marvelous, too, and Harris portrays evil incarnate.
This film should be re-evaluated, and Gary Oldman should have received the Oscar for it. His portrayal of Jackie Flannery, a wild, violent young gangster with an ethereal tender streak - is simply phenomenal.
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