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The Crying Game (1992)

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

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Neil Jordan

Writer:

Neil Jordan
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Jody
Miranda Richardson ... Jude
Stephen Rea ... Fergus
Adrian Dunbar ... Maguire
Breffni McKenna Breffni McKenna ... Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
Joe Savino ... Eddie
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
Jaye Davidson ... Dil
Andrée Bernard ... Jane (as Andree Bernard)
Jim Broadbent ... Col
Ralph Brown ... Dave
Tony Slattery ... Deveroux
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Franknum
Josephine White Josephine White ... Bar Performer 1
Shar Campbell Shar Campbell ... Bar Performer 2
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Storyline

An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus (Stephen Rea), an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude (Miranda Richardson), another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil (Jaye Davidson). Fergus adopts the name "Jimmy" and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background. But there is something about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Rated R for sexuality, strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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The film cast includes two Oscar winners, Forest Whitaker and Jim Broadbent, and three Oscar nominees, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, and Stephen Rea. See more »

Goofs

In Balbriggan County, Dublin, a Northern Ireland Railways GM locomotive 113 passes in the background, pulling a passenger train. It makes the sound of a British Rail HST railcar set, which is quite different. The sound effect is also too short; most of the train passes silently. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jody: [playing ring toss at a carnival] Right.
[tosses a ring]
Jody: That.
[tosses a ring]
Jody: And that. And that is cricket, hon.
Jody: [wins a large teddy bear] Do you want it?
Jude: Sure!
Jody: [hands her the teddy bear] Doesn't matter if you don't. You know I won't be offended. Jody's never offended. What'd you say your name was?
Jude: Jude.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Loud House: The Crying Dame/Anti Social (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The White Cliffs Of Dover
Composed by Nat Burton and Walter Kent
Published by B. Feldman and Co. Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Blue Jays
Recording Courtesy of Charly International APF
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An absolute knockout!!!
30 January 2002 | by filmster1See all my reviews

A great movie even if there wasn't that surprise twist. That may even have ruined the movie for some. For those sensitive viewers, just ask a friend to fast forward certain graphic scenes for you, and then you can still enjoy the movie. It's a most touching story of love, loyalty and respect transcending all barriers of race, religion and sexual orientation.

The remarkable message here is that all human beings, whoever they are, wherever they come from or whatever their lifestyles, are all equally human. They love, hate, laugh, cry, feel and hurt just like everybody else. So folks, people of the world, love thy neighbors, man! Their hair may be green, their skins may be purple, but their hearts are no different from everybody else's.

One of the best movies in a long time. A must see for all except the weak-stomached. All things considered, an absolute 10/10.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Soldier's Wife See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,107, 29 November 1992

Gross USA:

$62,548,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,548,947
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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