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The Crying Game [DVD] [1992]

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  • Actors: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Dunbar
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Writers: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Elizabeth Karlsen, Nik Powell, Paul Cowan, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FI3R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,071 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Neil Jordan writes and directs this crime drama starring Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Rea. Fergus (Rea), an IRA member, is standing guard over a British soldier named Jody (Whitaker) who the IRA has taken hostage. Against the orders of his superiors, he engages in conversation with the man, who tells him about his lover Dil (Jaye Davidson), who lives in London. Moved by his captive's plight he helps him in a failed escape attempt, which leaves Jody dead and Fergus on the run from the IRA. He changes his name and flees to London, where he seeks out the mysterious Dil.

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An IRA film with a difference, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game takes the Anglo-Irish conflict as the starting point for a thoughtful, often poignant and sometimes humorous examination of gender and identity. Stephen Rea is the IRA volunteer who befriends a kidnapped British soldier (the gauche but likeable Forest Whitaker), then takes the questions of loyalty and instinct (the "frog and scorpion" fable) with him to London, where he falls for the dead man's girlfriend (the appealing Jaye Davidson). Love and terrorism are fused in a violent and suspenseful denouement, where truth manifests itself in an unexpected yet meaningful way.

Miranda Richardson and Adrian Dunbar are persuasive as the IRA agents, and there are excellent cameos from Jim Broadbent as an East End barman and Tony Slattery as a property shark, all making the most of Jordan's stylish, Academy Award-winning script. Anne (Art of Noise) Dudley contributes a moodily atmospheric score, with three versions of "When a Man Loves a Woman" to point up the gender issue.

On the DVD: The Crying Game comes to disc with a widescreen picture that reproduces adequately for an early 90s film. The soundtrack, though, has real presence. There are subtitles in English and Russian(!), though the theatrical trailer is hardly a major bonus. An interview or a commentary with Jordan, discussing the motivation behind the project, would really have benefited a film which cuts across genres so successfully as this. --Richard Whitehouse

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For the best part of its first third, "The Crying Game" is utterly predictable and quite boring. Plus Forest Whitaker in the part of a British soldier - I don't think so, "mate"...
And then...and then...as Fergus arrives in London and meets Dil, the movie takes a whole different, powerful meaning. "The Crying Game" then reveals its true subject: the meaning and the nature of love, as well as our complete uselessness as human beings when it hits us - even if the circumstances are absolutely incredible/impossible. It is only then that Neil Jordan's very artful directing and beautiful lightning start to hit the spot. Jaye Davidson has a big responsibility for the film taking off as it does, but Jordan's very romantic direction helps too.
I can only regret that the "gimmick" that made the film famous is still the one thing that lures people to this movie because at the end of the day it is a beautiful love story, and it throws quite a lot of questions to us rock-hard heterosexuals, and in particular this one: Can one fall in love irrespective of gender? And what does it take to live with it?
Four stars only because there are some mild execution problems (the hostage bit -way too developped, Whitaker -miscast, and Miranda Richardson -annoyingly noisy).
Bar that, a must-see.

On top of it, the bonuses are brilliant: a very thoughtful commentary by Neil Jordan and a fascinating 50mns making-of, made years later, with discussions with producers, Director Neil Jordan, actor Stephen Rea and even a former IRA prisoner. A great release indeed.
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Irish screenwriter, producer and director Neil Jordan`s seventh feature film which he wrote, premiered at the 49th Venice Film Festival in 1992, was screened at the 17th Toronto International Film Festival in 1992, was shot on location in England and Ireland and is a UK-Japan co-production which was produced by producer Stephen Woolley. It tells the story about an Irish Volunteer in the IRA named Fergus Clegg who whilst staying with a small group of other IRA terrorists in Belfast, Northern Ireland kidnaps an English soldier named Jody whom a woman named Jude has lured into a trap. Whilst guarding the soldier who believes that it is only a matter of time before he will be killed, Fergus becomes acquainted with him an learns about his girlfriend named Dil who works at a hair salon in the capital city of England, but as Fergus begins to appreciate Jody`s company and regard him as his friend he is assigned to assassinate him by his superior named Peter.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters` viewpoints, draws an intriguing and multifaceted portrayal of an Irishman who travels to London, England to honor a friend`s last wish and to get away from his associations with the Irish Republican Army.
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Unfortunately by the time I got to the theater to see "The Crying Game" I already knew about the big surprise. I had been avoiding seeing or hearing anything about the movie and was flipping channels when I paused on David Letterman long enough for him to give away the big surprise. I was no more happy with his off-the cuff revealation than I was when Charles Schulz revealed the ending to "Citizen Kane" one Sunday in "Peanuts." However, in the final analysis what makes Neil Jordan's 1992 film really memorable is not the big surprise, but rather that the writer-director comes up with a fourth act to take what has been set up in the previous three to a new level.
[I will endeavor to write this review without giving away the big secret although in the wake of Jaye Davidson's Oscar nomination and Billy Crystal's memorable song about "The Crying Game" at the Academy Awards there cannot be too many people who are not in on the surprise at this point.]
Act One has Jude (Miranda Richardson) enticing Jody (Forest Whitaker), a English soldier stationed in Northern Ireland, into an IRA trap. Jody is taken to a secluded house in the forest where he is watched over by Fergus (Stephen Rea), who seems to have more of a conscience that the rest of the group. Maguire (Adrian Dunbar), the leader of the group, plans on exchanging Jody for members of the IRA held by the British, but neither Jody nor Fergus think there is much chance of that happening. The question is whether Fergus is going to be able to shoot Jody when the inevitable moment comes, and while this could be (and has been) the subject of an entire film, it is only Jordan's opening act.
In Act Two we find that Fergus has changed his name to Jimmy and is doing construction work to hide out from both the British and the IRA.
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