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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
Margaret Colin ... Sheila O'Meara
Rubén Blades ... Edwin Diaz (as Ruben Blades)
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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They come from different worlds. They fight for different causes. Now, two men from opposite sides of the law are about to go to war. 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:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,274,503, 30 March 1997

Gross USA:

$42,868,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,807,547
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Brad Pitt was attacked while hanging out in West Belfast to perfect his Northern Irish accent for the movie. See more »

Goofs

Before the first shootout the man changing the spare wheel on the silver car is hiding on the near side of the car but when you see the same car from behind he is not there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frankie's Mother: How was your day?
Frankie's Father: It was a bit cold.
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This War Is Over
Written and Performed by Melissa Etheridge
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Sinfully bad
16 January 2006 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

I saw this ridiculous nonsense on NBC five years ago, chopped up for telecast, and so bad that two hours of advertisements for furniture at Penney's and previews of Friends (or reading the bloviating message boards for this movie) would have been better. The story is so much pro-terrorist Hollyweird mush with Brad Pitt as a killer-looking IRA gunman hiding out in America while speaking some sort of language loosely based on English and Harrison Ford, grumpy and spikey-haired, wearing a policeman's uniform, slowly--very slowly, mind you--figuring out that there's a bad man living in his basement.

Even with the bloodletting trimmed for telecast and the inherent fragmentation of television working for you, not against you, you get the feeling that everyone involved, including the late, great Alan J. Pakula, would rather forget this bloody, incomprehensible, incoherent junk. Once again, the Left Coast has turned a complex, grey-shaded, and achingly tragic issue into a cutesy-wretched, terrorists-are-just-misunderstood, amoral mess.

Skip it however it comes.


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