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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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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

This is one of the rare films with a plot twist that becomes a completely different film genre after the first viewing. See more »

Goofs

Dil's hair during the first scene taking place in the Metro. 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 Clerks. (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

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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So much more than the "secret"
1 December 1998 | by Kestrel-3See all my reviews

Truly fantastic movie. Neil Jordan's apparent tale of an IRA terrorist who becomes involved in the life of one of his captives explores so much beyond the plot – issues of identity, belief, and yes, even love. The performances are brilliant from every cast member, especially so for Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, and the incomparable Jaye Davidson. Even if you know the secret, you'll still probably be captivated by this film. A triumph for Jordan one of the best movies of the 1990s.


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