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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.

Director:

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

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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'Desire is a Danger Zone' (used on UK Posters) See more »


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

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Trivia

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 »

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

Referenced in Instant Mom: The Lying Game (2013) See more »

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The Crying Game
Composed by Geoff Stephens
Published by Peermusic (UK) Ltd.
Performed by Boy George
Produced by Pet Shop Boys
Recording Courtesy of Spaghetti Recordings Ltd.
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Forever fighting....
14 October 2007 | by junktrash-2See all my reviews

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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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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