In this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA "volunteer" who, despite personal misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. The ...Read MoreIn this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA "volunteer" who, despite personal misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. The IRA hopes to use Jody as a bargaining chip to win the release of IRA operatives behind bars, but, while guarding Jody, Fergus becomes fast friends with his prisoner. Jody makes Fergus promise him that if he dies, Fegus will look in on his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), and see if she's all right. Jody escapes, and Fergus doesn't have the heart to shoot him; as fate would have it, Jody runs from the woods into a street only to be run over by a British police vehicle, which then flushes out the IRA compound. Fergus escapes to London, where he's wanted by the law for Jody's kidnapping and also by his former girlfriend, IRA operative Jude (Miranda Richardson), who thinks he knows too much to fall into the hands of the British authorities. Good to his word, Fergus tracks down Dil, and soon the two outcasts find themselves entering into a love affair, although Fergus discovers that Dil is not the sort of woman he thought she was. Writer/director Neil Jordan won an Academy Award for his screenplay; the title song, which was a U.K. hit for Dave Berry in 1965, was re-recorded for the film by one-time Culture Club vocalist Boy George with backing by the Pet Shop Boys. Mark Deming, RoviRead Less
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This movie had me enticed the second it started; who can resist an intro song like "When a Man Loves a Woman"? But The Crying Game has so much more to offer than just a good soundtrack. Before I had actually seen the movie I already new all the details and spoilers, and it made the experience a little less exciting, so I will try not to reveal any important details. PLEASE, I beg of you, if you plan on watching the Crying Game (and you absolutely should), don't look too much into it on the internet! Be surprised! Jody (Forest Whitaker) is a british soldier stationed in Ireland, who is kidnapped by the IRA as a gambling chip in their scheme against the government. The british are given three days to respond, at the end of which they threaten to shoot Jody if their terms are not met. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is a volunteer in the IRA, and develops a friendship with Jody. Jody believes that he is going to die, and asks Fergus to do him a favor. He wants Fergus to find his girlfriend, Dil, and make sure that she is doing okay without him. At the end of the three days Fergus must make a difficult desicion that will change the course of his future. This first part of the movie is what I would consider the "thriller" part of the movie. After the hostage situation and outcome, the movie dramatically changes, becoming more humorous and romantic. Fergus starts a new life in Britain, changing his name to Jimmy and claiming that he is Scottish. He finds Dil, Jody's girlfriend, and the two become entangled in a strange sort of love. Fergus is forced to percieve himself and the world around him in a way he never had before. Former IRA agents make appearances in his new life and create a dramatic ending to the movie. The Crying Game is passionate, quirky, and fantastic.