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The Devil's Own (1997)

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A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom O'Meara
... Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire
... Sheila O'Meara
... Edwin Diaz
... Billy Burke
... Peter Fitzsimmons
... Chief Jim Kelly
... Megan Doherty
... Sean Phelan
... Harry Sloan
... Bridget O'Meara
... Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer ... Annie O'Meara
... Martin MacDuff
... Dessie
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Storyline

A thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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They come from different worlds. They fight for different causes. Now, two men from opposite sides of the law are about to go to war. See more »


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Rated R for strong brutal violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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26 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo íntimo  »

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Budget:

$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,063,265, 30 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,868,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,807,547
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One of two films in 1997, where Brad Pitt does a foreign accent. The other is Seven Years in Tibet, where he plays an Austrian. See more »

Goofs

The ring of keys that Frankie removes from the car's ignition does not have a handcuff key on it, and the two cops would not be able to pursue him in their car because the car is trapped in traffic, so there would be no point in Frankie's taking the keys with him, and he could not use them to open the handcuffs, as he later does on the train. See more »

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[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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Voices of Spring, Op. 410
Performed by New York Philharmonic (as The New York Philharmonic)
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Why must Hollywood meddle in things it doesn't understand?
14 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I say this making no pretense at completely understanding the Irish conflict myself (you'd have to ask someone with experience of Belfast for a more authentic take on the situation), but the irresponsible way the troubles were used here as a backdrop to what is supposed entertainment staggers me. It isn't as if it needed this detail; the terrorist could have been from any unspecified organisation. In the incompetent handling of sensitive issues that the makers really have no idea of, the production team involved in this really have let themselves down. Brad Pitt realised this too late and henceforth disowned the film, a fact which made me admire and respect him even more.

For this I wanted to hate the film, and yet found myself unable to. Beneath the misbegotten attempts at 'political comment', there is a decent little thriller struggling to get out. Pitt is great as the terrorist (dodgy accent aside) and Ford is as reliable as ever in the role of the honest cop. Director Pakula keeps the story moving at all times and stages the action well. Despite all these pluses, I constantly felt uncomfortable at the ways in which the script tried to manipulate my sympathies. While it's not quite enough to make me downgrade the film on an enjoyment level, it loses big points from an ethical perspective. Shame on you Tinseltown.


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