This directorial effort from Phil Joanou stars Sean Penn as an Irish-American undercover cop working the Hell's Kitchen beat. Penn is ostensibly on a sentimental journey to his old neighborhood. Actually he's been assigned to infiltrate a criminal gang led by Ed Harris, the brother of Sean's best friend Gary Oldman. Penn suffers the requisite ...Read MoreThis directorial effort from Phil Joanou stars Sean Penn as an Irish-American undercover cop working the Hell's Kitchen beat. Penn is ostensibly on a sentimental journey to his old neighborhood. Actually he's been assigned to infiltrate a criminal gang led by Ed Harris, the brother of Sean's best friend Gary Oldman. Penn suffers the requisite honor vs. duty anguish when he renews his childhood romance with Harris' sister Robin Wright. State of Grace would have had more clout had it been more clear as to time and place: it's supposedly set in the 1990s, but the attitudes and behavior are pure 1970s. Hal Erickson, RoviRead Less
VG. Book Very good condition. State Of Grace (VHS) Video By Penn, Sean; Harris, Ed; Oldman, Gary; Joanou, Phil; Wright, Robin; Turturro, John; Morricone, Ennio; Simpson, Claire Product Details Overshadowed by GoodFellas when it was released in 1990, State of Grace gradually emerged as one of the best New York gangster films of its decade. It was also the first to feature the Irish American mob known as the Westies. Here, their territory west of Times Square is being gentrified by an unwelcome infusion of yuppie cash, squeezing them into a reluctant alliance with Mafia kingpins. Frankie (Ed Harris) is the boss; little brother Jackie (Gary Oldman) is his volatile muscle; their friend Terry (Sean Penn) has returned from an extended absence, harboring a dangerous secret while rekindling his love for Frankie and Jackie's sister Kathleen (Robin Wright, Penn's future wife). Giving one of his scariest, most violent performances, Oldman offers stark, brutal contrast to Harris's pent-up fury, while Penn breathes life into his character's standard-issue dilemma. A former protege of Steven Spielberg's, director Phil Joanou handles this gritty potboiler with confident, unobtrusive style, ramping up the tension of divided loyalties, even as the plot grows increasingly familiar. Actors: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, John Turturro Directors: Phil Joanou Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Language: English Number of tapes: 1 Rating Studio: Orion Home Video VHS Release Date: June 24, 1992 Run Time: 134 minutes Theatrical Release Information US Theatrical Release Date: September 14, 1990 MPAA: Production Company: Cinehaus, Orion Pictures Corporation, Rank Organisation, The USA Box Office: 2 Million Filming Locations: Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.