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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

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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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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'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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19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Soldier's Wife  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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The fable that Jody (Forest Whitaker) tells Fergus (Stephen Rea) about the Scorpion and the Frog was also told by Orson Welles in his 1955 low-budget Film Noir thriller, Mr Arkadin. See more »

Goofs

During the street assassination scene a sub-machine gun is used to attack officials entering a car; however, despite the wild spray of bullets and several officials on both sides of the car being hit, no glass breaks in any of the windows and there is no indication of any damage to the body of the car. 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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Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

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Live For Today
Composed by Cicero
Copyright Control
Performed by Cicero
Produced by Pet Shop Boys
Recording Courtesy of Spaghetti Recordings Ltd.
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Unconditional love transcends all boundaries, real or imagined.
6 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

From a philosophical viewpoint, this movie illustrates unconditional love, which is not that prevalent in our present world. We could all learn some things from this movie, if we chose to do so.

I regret that I am only ten (10) years behind in seeing and understanding this work.

The entire cast and crew were excellent in their work and the writer deserves tremendous credit for such insight and understanding of the degree of heart and soul which can and does exist in some people.

I would recommend it to anyone who is attempting to understand humanity and some of the trials and tribulations it puts itself through.

It is classified as a "teaching movie" specializing in unconditional love, or "fiction with a definite positive purpose". Beautiful work.


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