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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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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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Features the only Oscar nominated performances of Jaye Davidson and Stephen Rea. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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The Crying Game
Composed by Geoff Stephens
Published by Peermusic (UK) Ltd.
Performed by Dave Berry
Recording Courtesy of Polygram Records Ltd.
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A Masterpiece of the Unexpected
13 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

The only reason I watched The Crying Game was because I had heard it was pretty good and it is from the same director as The Interview with the Vampire. Plus it was on TV. The film really surprised me. It was wonderfully made and had a great twist. The performances were real and profound. The writing was some of the best in years. And the direction was outstanding. And the costume design, art direction, makeup, and score were all amazing. The song The Crying Game also caught me as particularly wonderful. The Crying Game is a classic in every way. It makes a lasting impression and should be viewed many times. It is a true classic.


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