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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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 »
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 »
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.
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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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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