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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.

Directors:

Phil Joanou, Michael Lee Baron (co-director)

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bar | anger | betrayal | weeping | gang war | See All (51) »

Taglines:

A family ripped apart by violence. A love corrupted by betrayal. A friendship stained by blood. 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)

Gross USA:

$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

The scene where Jackie introduces his girlfriend to Terry, music by the band 'U2' can be heard playing in the background. Director Phil Joanou previously directed their live concert film U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) and, later, their music video for the single "One." See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout scene, the slide on Frankie's Beretta 92 locks back when he pulls the trigger on an empty chamber. It would take a live round going off in the gun to blow back and lock the slide. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: What did you find out, Pat?
Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant: Nobody knows him. They must have brought him down from Boston. Brought him down from Boston to rat us out.
Frankie: It don't matter where the faggot cocksucker's from because he's dead. It's $15,000 the minute he takes his last breath. You bring me his motherfuckin' rat head it's $30,000.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Interstate 60' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra
By arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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Another SEVERELY Overlooked Film
14 July 1999 | by studiojudioSee all my reviews

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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