The Crying Game (1992)
Average Rating: 8.5/10
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Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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In this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA "volunteer" who, despite personal misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. The IRA hopes to use Jody as a bargaining chip to win the release of IRA operatives behind bars, but, while guarding Jody, Fergus becomes fast friends with
Nov 25, 1992 Wide
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This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way.
After luring us into what appears to be a classic they-gazed-at-each-other-across-an-empty-bar romantic setup, Jordan undermines our expectations so thoroughly that it's as if we've rediscovered our innocence as moviegoers.
An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
Tthe film does work, raises a plethora of questions concerning loyalty, violence and the nature of desire, and is in some respects a summation of the various themes that have emerged from Jordan's work.
The Crying Game ventures into such exquisitely unique territory that you feel giddy from the pleasure of being allowed to travel along.
Review Those unacquainted with The Crying Game should note that it is well acted, original in intent rather than execution, and in possession of a narrative about-turn so insane that the film is guaranteed a place in cinematic history.
Neil Jordan's daring, mesmerizing film combines a Hitchcockian thriller and a spellbinding love story with a twist set against intriguing political circumstances; don't reveal the ending to your friends.
The Crying Game's effectiveness comes not from the big reveal, but from the expertly crafted story that frames it and makes it into a meaningful reversal rather than a sudden isolated shock.
A finely-acted, sensitively-written tale of an IRA gunman finding some sort of redemption in the arms of a British soldier's lover.
Even if you know the big surprise, it's a compelling drama
A spindly, absorbing thriller about politics, ethics, sexuality, and the looseness of identity.
Neil Jordan at his best.
The Crying Game pulls off a tremendously difficult technical feat; its screenplay contains not one, but two, wrenching twists, each of which could easily derail the narrative in the hands of a lesser storyteller.
Now wildly overrated, but a very good little mystery story.
It is original, well-written, well-photographed, well-acted, extremely well-directed and very poignant.
A corker from start to finish with its exploration of the choices which define the soul.
Got too much buzz because of the ending but despite the hype, still a pretty good movie. And Jaye Davidson has a purty mouth.
Extremely original masterpiece in British cinema
Not as great as all that, but certainly engaging enough.
Audience Reviews for The Crying Game
- Dil: Details, baby, details.
- Dil: Y'see, I'm not a young thing any longer.... Funny the way things go. Don't you find that, Jimmy? Never the way you expected.
- Jody: ...and as they both sink beneath the waves, the frog cries out, "Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion? For now we both will drown!" Scorpion replies, "I can't help it. It's in my nature!
- Fergus: Have you ever tried to pick up your teeth with broken fingers?
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