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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jody
... Jude
... Fergus
... Maguire
Breffni McKenna ... Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
... Eddie
Birdy Sweeney ... Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
... Dil
... Jane (as Andree Bernard)
... Col
... Dave
... Deveroux
Jack Carr ... Franknum
Josephine White ... Bar Performer 1
Shar Campbell ... Bar Performer 2
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An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude, 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. 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 are some things 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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19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Soldier's Wife  »

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Budget:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,107, 29 November 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,549,000
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2.35 : 1
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A few lines of dialogue allude to Dil as being significantly older than Fergus (more specifically, a remark Dil makes about preferring younger men). Jaye Davidson, who plays Dil, is actually twenty-one years younger than Stephen Rea, who plays Fergus. See more »

Goofs

During the scene shot at Balbriggan County, Dublin, a Northern Ireland Railways GM locomotive 113 passes in the background, with a passenger train. The sound dubbed in is 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 »

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[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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Spoofed in Tranny Surprise: The Prying Game (2004) See more »

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Baby Jump
Composed by Ray Dorset
Published by Our Music Ltd.
Performed by Mungo Jerry
Recording Courtesy of Castle Communications PLC.
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One of the best films of the '90s
5 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

The first part of The Crying Game is based on a great short story by Frank O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation." The balance of this provocative, brilliantly made film takes you on a journey fueled by guilt, romance, terrorist intrigue, and a plot twist that ranks as one of the most startling in all cinema. The acting, by Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, and others, is all first-rate; the cinematography and score are stellar; and Neil Jordan directs with vigor and empathy.

How can anyone give this movie less than a 10? I can't.


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