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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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Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Kevin Jarre (story), David Aaron Cohen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Tom O'Meara
Brad Pitt ... Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire
Margaret Colin ... Sheila O'Meara
Rubén Blades ... Edwin Diaz
Treat Williams ... Billy Burke
George Hearn ... Peter Fitzsimmons
Mitchell Ryan ... Chief Jim Kelly
Natascha McElhone ... Megan Doherty
Paul Ronan ... Sean Phelan
Simon Jones ... Harry Sloan
Julia Stiles ... Bridget O'Meara
Ashley Carin ... Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer Kelly Singer ... Annie O'Meara
David O'Hara ... Martin MacDuff
David Wilmot ... 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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One man trapped by destiny, and another bound by duty. They're about to discover what they're willing to fight, and to die for. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo íntimo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$42,868,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Milcho Manchevski was originally slated to direct. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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Connections

References Red River (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An obvious trap
14 January 2002 | by gjlmovie4711See all my reviews

Given the plot (IRA-terrorism and its liaisons with the US) this film must be judged at two levels. The first level is that of the entertaining value. Pakula borrows a heavy political theme, simplifies all and everyone and makes out of it a 2 hour show, including a bag pipe score and all the other cliches you can possibly think of ("My father was a fisherman"). At this level, the film deserves 7 out of 10. In some comments the heroism in this film is convicted. There I agree. We now come to the second level. This is not a serious movie about the IRA and its "politics", simply because it's naive and CONSCIOUSLY simplifies complex matters. More over, the whole matter is brought over to the US, where it looses all sharp edges. What we actually see is an action movie with a nice, good looking guy who, for the sake of us all, kills an illegal weapon deliverer. We forget that he (i.e. we don't forget, it's Pakulas way of portraying his main character) actually is a real IRA-terrorist - a brain washed brutal soldier murderer, thinking this is a way of serving justice and truth. Hollywood, in the end, makes them all look bad. Pakula is no exception.


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