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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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Country:

UK | Japan | USA

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:

£2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,107, 29 November 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,549,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While he is being held captive, Jody asks Fergus to "tell me a story, tell me anything." Fergus responds, "When I was a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things." Jody says, "What does that mean?" and Fergus responds, "Nothing." In fact, Fergus is quoting a very famous passage from First Corinthians, Chapter 13. The verses directly prior to the ones Fergus recites are often read at Christian wedding ceremonies: "Love is patient; love is kind; love does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 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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Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Tokyo Godfathers (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand By Your Man
Composed by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Recording Courtesy of MCA Records
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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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