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
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In November 1997, Entertainment Weekly magazine picked this as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers. See more »
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 »
[playing ring toss at a carnival]
[tosses a ring]
[tosses a ring]
And that. And that is cricket, hon.
[wins a large teddy bear]
Do you want it?
[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?
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This is a great movie. While "the scene" achieved great notoriety and some think that's all the movie is about, it's really about so much more. The desperation of the Irish to achieve freedom from England is very much on display here. Like other ancient feuds around the globe, the passion on both sides is evident in their willingness to do just about anything to advance their cause(s). It's also a powerful, if strange, story of human love. Complicated, deeply felt, real love. The kind that would make you sacrifice virtually everything to prevent the one you love from suffering pain. Excellent acting makes this a worthwhile investment of time. A film to remember and cherish.
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