An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus (Stephen Rea), an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude (Miranda Richardson), another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil (Jaye Davidson). Fergus adopts the name "Jimmy" and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background. But there is something about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either.Written by
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is one of the rare films with a plot twist that becomes a completely different film genre after the first viewing. See more »
A sub-machine gun is fired at officials entering a car. Several officials on both sides of the car are hit, but none of the cars have broken windows or other damage. See more »
[playing ring toss at a carnival]
[tosses a ring]
[tosses a ring]
And that. And that is cricket, hon.
[wins a large teddy bear]
Do you want it?
[hands her the teddy bear]
Doesn't matter if you don't. You know I won't be offended. Jody's never offended. What'd you say your name was?
[...] See more »
The White Cliffs Of Dover
Composed by Nat Burton and Walter Kent
Published by B. Feldman and Co. Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Blue Jays
Recording Courtesy of Charly International APF See more »
"When a Man Loves a Woman, She would Stand by Her Man"
This wonderful movie is even better on the repeat viewing after the secret was out because you'd pay more attention to the smallest details and enjoy the brilliant storytelling and acting by everyone. Besides Rea, Whitaker, and Miranda Richardson, I'd like to mention Jim Broadbent as a sympathetic bartender Col. For me, though, the absolutely stunning, one of the very best debuts in the movie history was Jaye Davidson who had no movie experience. You know, there are not many characters that I keep thinking about after the movie is over - where did they come from, how their life would turn after the final credits, how would this cruel world treat them, would they be happy? And I want them to be happy. Dil (Davidson) is one of them - what a marvelous creature, how vulnerable yet dignified she is, what a combination of dry remote coolness and quiet tenderness. No wonder, Fergus (Rea) (as Whitaker's Jody before him) fell under her spell even after he found out that nothing is what it seems. Great movie - makes you think, makes you feel, makes you talk about it, makes you want to see it again.
18 of 26 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this