The Devil's Own (1997)

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A policeman plays Good Samaritan to a visitor from Ireland, only to discover that he has a potentially deadly secret. Belfast-born Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) saw his father gunned down by enemy soldiers at the age of eight, and when he grew up he joined the Irish Republican Army, determined that one day his father's death would be avenged. An especially ruthless "volunteer," Frankie is responsible for the death of 13 British soldiers and 11 policemen. After a particularly bloody battle, Frankie sails to the United States in a ragged tugboat he has restored; with a huge bundle of cash, Frankie intends to buy a stock of Stinger missiles from an underground arms dealer in America, Billy Burke (Treat Williams). Upon arrival in New York, Frankie is met by a judge who is sympathetic to the IRA's cause and who arranges a place for him to stay. Using the name Rory Devaney, Frankie moves into the home of Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), a scrupulously honest cop. Tom is already in the midst of a personal crisis; his friend and partner Edwin Diaz (Ruben Blades) recently shot a man that he knew was unarmed in the line of duty, and while Edwin wants Tom to help him cover up the matter, Tom's conscience will not allow it. When Tom begins to realize that "Rory" is not simply a man running from the violence of his homeland, he's torn between his sympathy for Frankie's tragic childhood and his desire to see justice served and prevent needless death in Ireland.
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R (adult situations/language, violence)
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Natascha McElhone
as Megan Doherty
Brad Pitt
as Rory Devaney
Ruben Blades
as Edwin Diaz
George Hearn
as Peter Fitzsimmons
Julia Stiles
as Bridget O'Meara
Harrison Ford
as Tom O'Meara
Treat Williams
as Billy Burke
David O'Hara
as Martin MacDuff
Margaret Colin
as Sheila O'Meara
Patrick Reynolds
as Irish Musician
Mitchell Ryan
as Chief Jim Kelly
Simon Jones
as Harry Sloan
Victor Slezak
as Evan Stanley, FBI
Hassan Johnson
as teenager
David Wilmot
as Dessie
Baxter Harris
as customs agent
Marian Tomas Griffin
as cousin Eileen
Debbon Ayer
as tour guide
Kelly Singer
as Annie O'Meara
Chance Kelly
as masked burglar
Damien Leake
as Art Fisher, FBI
Ashley Carin
as Morgan O'Meara
Ciaran O'Reilly
as Father Canlon
Sixto Ramos
as Hispanic Man
William Paulson
as detective
Paul Ronan
as Sean Phelan
Martin Dunne
as Frankie's father
Gabrielle Reidy
as Frankie's mother
Bill Hoag
as trucker
Greg Stebner
as uniformed cop
Peggy Shay
as Aunt Birdie
Scott Nicholson
as rookie cop
Joseph Dandry
as Joey the bartender
Mya Michaels
as Hispanic woman
Shane Dunne
as young Frankie
Samantha Conroy
as Frankie's sister
Six to Ramos
as Hispanic man
Jessica Marie Kavanagh
as Hispanic girl
Jack McKillop
as Jack Fitzsimmons
Mac Orange
as the maid
Donald J. Meade
as Irish Musician
Peter Rufli
as Irish Musician
Mario Polit
as young Dominican
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Own

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

An engrossing but disappointing big-budget political suspense film, that never becomes exceptional.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The good news is, The Devil's Own doesn't live down to its reputation.

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

Presents itself as being about Something Important, whereas in fact it is really about nothing very much at all.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

Finally just another schoolmarmish prestige piece touting America's moral superiority

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
Film Freak Central

What's left is a lot of moral grappling, not all of which has one iota of relevance to the plot.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Own

They came from different worlds. They fought for different causes.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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This has GOT to be the worst movie ever for both Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. I found myself wondering throughout, "What is this movie even about?"

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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½

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