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The Break (1997)

A Further Gesture (original title)
Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

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Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Stephen Rea (idea by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Sean Dowd
Alfred Molina ... Tulio
Rosana Pastor ... Monica
Brendan Gleeson ... Richard
Jorge Sanz ... Paco
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Scott
Frankie McCafferty ... Danny
Sean McGinley ... Tommy Breen
Paul Ronan ... Liam
Richard Dormer ... Joe
Roy Heaybeard Roy Heaybeard ... Food Lorry Driver
Toby Bradford Toby Bradford ... Charlie
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Roisin
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor ... Visiting Room Prison Officer
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Albert
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Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees takes him in and finds him medical care. As Dowd recovers in the flat of Tulio and Tulio's sister Monica, he realizes that these Guatemalan exiles share his rebellious principles. When he learns they are planning a political assassination, he offers to help. His attraction to Monica contributes to his willingness to volunteer. However, the cops are closing in on him: can he make the hit, protect his new friends, and escape with Monica? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not "The Crying Game"
6 June 1999 | by bond-jbSee all my reviews

In "The Crying Game," Neil Jordan and Stephen Rea combined to create a masterful, suspenseful thriller. However, "The Break" fails to reproduce that effect, ultimately resulting in a disappointing film. After an intriguing opening sequence, in which Rea, as an Irish terrorist (surprised?), breaks out of prison, the movie really has nowhere to go. Ronan Bennett's screenplay tries to tell the sympathetic tale of a complex man attempting to go straight. The concept is good, but the movie gets bogged down in a poor relationship and runs into a complete dead end halfway through. Of course, Rea eventually returns to his terrorist techniques, this time to help the woman kill an oppressive Spanish general, or something ridiculous like that.

The movie simply doesn't have any firepower in the second half. The audience doesn't care about Rea's character. If you want to see a terrific movie with powerful performances and a fascinating story, check out "The Crying Game." Twice, instead of this once.


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