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February 19, 2018
Jaye Davidson's most memorable role to date and one of Stephen Rea's earliest successes
Neil Jordan tells a different kind of romance/spy thriller
the film has great talent from the two leads even with Forest Whitaker who's only in here for a short time
things don't pick up until 37 min so you have to bear that in mind
very dramatic, shocking, and smartly-acted
½ February 14, 2018
Just as the story seemed easy to understand, it takes a sharp turn. The twist may or may not be easy to pick up, but undoubtably helps build the tension and high-rising ending to this masterpiece of thought and ideas.
February 1, 2018
A really nice story, but with limitations. Some are due to the passing of time so it is not the movie's fault. Some definitely are though: there are parts which are not believable or sloppily done. C'amon dude, you really didn't know it? Pfffff
January 25, 2018
Neil Jordan is a badass behind the camera and the Crying Game showcases his badassedness more so than any of his other films and that is saying a lot. The Crying Game is a corky, suspenseful, unpredictable noir with a midway twist that would make even De Palma blush. If you think you know all there is to know about the Crying Game, think again. There is a reason why The Crying Game has the cult following and respect that it does today. Simply put, it is just that damn good.
November 2, 2017
You just have to love the simplicity of the whole affair, twisty and turny as hell but still a brilliant genre-mystery.
November 2, 2017
I Will Become A Filmmaker When I Grow Up.
October 29, 2017
Blending different styles and genres is never easy and having more than one plot twists makes things even more difficult but it seems that The Crying Game pulls that off quite successfully.
September 30, 2017
1 Corinthians 6:9New Life Version (NLV)

The Body Is to Be Holy
9 Do you not know that sinful men will have no place in the holy nation of God? Do not be fooled. A person who does sex sins, or who worships false gods, or who is not faithful in marriage, or men who act like women, or people who do sex sins with their own sex, will have no place in the holy nation of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9King James Version (KJV)

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
June 4, 2017
"Twist" was very overrated. Decent flick, but nothing spectacular
April 29, 2017
Overhyped movie but worth watching once maybe. I like Forest Whitaker as an actor but his role as a British soldier has to be one of the biggest miscasts in film history plus his english accent is brutal!
½ January 9, 2017
An intriguing dramatic piece, "The Crying Game" goes in an entirely different direction than you would expect, giving it plenty of edge.
½ December 8, 2016
I watched this twice...I didn't like it the second time no more than the first time. Idk what it is about it. I just don't like it
½ November 22, 2016
Saw this on 20/11/16
Though it loses steam by the end, The Crying game has a couple of twists (although the twist that it is famous for is too obvious and predictable). It starts one way and goes out another way. Where it succeeds is that, it has a goon or a henchman as its protagonist, a character that would have definitely been just an extra in other films. Actors Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson perform well in their roles.
August 28, 2016
It still holds up even if you know about the big twist. Its a complex thriller about the IRA, forbidden love, and all sorts of other nuances. The acting is phenomenal and the outcome very endearing, for an interesting twist on an old formula.
½ July 8, 2016
Slow but thoughtful.
June 10, 2016
A very shocking movie totally unexpected and twisted.

Rewatch review: Still amazing on a second watch, tight script and stellar presentation. All around a gripping and absorbing thriller highly recommended
½ May 29, 2016
I worked at Blockbuster Video when this movie came out,so the reveal was ruined for me many years ago (probably why I've waited so long to see it). Good believable story involving the IRA trying to force one of its members to be released and the resulting havoc this creates in the life of the guy who has to carry out the "or else" when he is not let go. Extremely well acted by Rea and Jaye Davidson.
May 27, 2016
Excellent film with that famous twist. An ira volunteer falls for the lover of a dead British soldier
May 27, 2016
While it is famously known for its unexpected twist (though something doesn't feel right all along, one wouldn't expect it happen and with such graphic display), there are a lot more interesting elements to keep the audience invested throughout its runtime. It is very difficult to categorize the story into a specific genre as it touches different themes like conflicts between loyalty and affinity, sexuality, loneliness and monophobia with great ease and finesse. Another big positive is its masterful screenplay which binds many different storylines without rushing or underdeveloping any aspect and at the same time expertly placing beautiful moments at strategic places.

Jody (Forest Whitaker), a British soldier gets seduced into a trap laid by IRS and becomes a hostage where he befriends one of his captors Fergus (Stephen Rea) who mutually responds to the affinity. A day comes when Fergus has to execute Jody but couldn't because of their bonding and Jody makes a run for it realizing that but gets crushed by an incoming tank of the British army who eventually annihilate the IRS camp. Assuming everyone to be dead, Fergus moves to Britain and starts living an anonymous life while looking for Dil (Jaye Davidson), who Jody mentions to be very special and requests Fergus to meet her. Fergus has to cope up with Dil's secret and his past catching up to him.

Performances: Forest Whitaker starts off the proceedings well with a charismatic role with a small screentime that needs to be remembered throughout the movie. The mantle is carried forward excellently by Stephen Rea but the eventual showstopper is a career defining performance by Jaye Davidson as Dil with varying character arcs who is confident yet vulnerable and longing yet stubborn. Also a special mention goes to the bartender who plays an entertaining role. The rest of the actors does a decent job, they may not have layered characterizations but they settle into their roles well.

Filmmaking: From the outset it looks like a slow building drama while the brilliance lies in its writing which brings various themes, story arcs and characters with such smoothness that it takes time to realize that the course of the story has changed from time to time. The director knows his winning moments as he invests enough of his runtime for such scenes which actually lingers on audience minds long after watching the movie. Almost always a conventional successful story is one which makes the audience to look forward to know how it concludes - 'Crying Game' is no different but with its unconventional theme and background it also adds an element of mystery and suspense making it even better. The background score does a great job by staying in the background, it is neither intrusive nor out of key and blends well with the proceedings on the screen.

A slow building multi-layered original drama with beautiful moments and unexpected twists
May 5, 2016
Not very plausible or compelling to me. I saw it in the theater when it was released, and was interested in the beginning, but felt it just started to wander without purpose. Then, it tried to rely too much on its reveal, which was apparent to me (and not shocking at all). Too many disparate elements thrown together to work for me. Neil Jordan became one of my least favorite directors after this, and his butchering of "Interview..."
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