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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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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, 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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The movie everyone is talking about... But no one is giving away its secrets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, Stephen Rea plays a member of the Irish Republican Army. In his actual life, Rea was married for twenty years to Dolours Price, a member of the IRA who participated in a car bombing at London's Old Bailey in 1973. For her part in the bombing, Price was given a life sentence, though she actually only served seven years in prison. Rea and Price were married during the time that Rea filmed The Crying Game; they divorced in 2003 and Price died in 2013. In a posthumously released interview, Price admitted to also playing a role in one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the "troubles" era: the 1972 kidnapping and murder of a Belfast mother of ten named Jean McConville, whose disappearance remained an open mystery until her body was found in 2003. 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 »

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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Soundtracks

When A Man Loves A Woman
Composed by Cameron Lewis and Arthur Wright
Published by Pronto Music Inc./Quinvy Music Publishing Co./Warner Tamberlane Publishing Corp.
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Percy Sledge
Recording Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
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20 March 2003 | by menes20See all my reviews

This film (I have seen it twice) is a real piece of first class handy-craft. The supposed (and advertised as offensive to some) turn in the middle of it, might disturb some viewers and has nothing to do with the action. The calm and slow way of telling that's significant for the film, makes it perfect for Michael Rea as the sensitive reluctant IRA-volunteer. The musical theme (like the title) is simply Bull's Eye.


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