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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
Ed Harris ... Frankie
Gary Oldman ... Jackie
Robin Wright ... Kathleen
John Turturro ... Nick
John C. Reilly ... Stevie
R.D. Call ... Nicholson
Joe Viterelli ... Borelli
Burgess Meredith ... Finn
Deirdre O'Connell ... Irene
Marco St. John ... 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 New York. See more »


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Trivia

Original title was Hells Kitchen, later changed to State of Grace See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Terry goes to Jackies apartment to tell him that he heard Frankie was involved in Stevies death, the Tequila bottle is on the window ledge on its side. After the scuffle between terry and Jackie, the Tequila bottle is upright. See more »

Quotes

Terry: Don't be asking him he's fuckin' retarded! Sorry, no offence... but you are, okay?
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Connections

Referenced in Wu hu si hai (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Child O' Mine
Written by Slash, Axl Rose, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, and Duff McKagan.
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Published by Guns N' Roses Music
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the best. And DeNiro's not in it.
30 July 1999 | by Mr ParkerSee all my reviews

Simply put, this movie is perfect. I live in NYC and the general air of it is caught perfectly on film. The people, the places, everything. I especially like the bluish tint used over a lot of the film. It definitely adds to the mood. The performances are incredible, even Burgess Meredith in the couple of minutes that he has onscreen. Sean Penn and Ed Harris together create an unbelievable amount of tension. I have to give them both kudos and especially Robin Wright, who turns in an excellent performance as the frustrated love interest who's connection to the life follows her no matter how far uptown she moves. No surprise when I say that Gary Oldman takes the cake for this one. He manages to outshine everyone around him, just like he did in the Professional. His performance is the driving force behind this movie and it is worth watching just to catch this legend in the making in one of his earlier roles. I cannot find one flaw in this movie and the slow motion finale is among the top five ending sequences ever. Every viewing reveals something else, something to make you appreciate this film even more. Catch this one if you haven't seen it, you won't be disappointed. My only regret is that I didn't see it while it was in theatrical release. One of the best gangster flicks, period. Rating: ***** out of *****.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

State of Grace 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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