The Crying Game (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

United Kingdom/Japan, 1992.  , , , , .  Screenplay by Neil Jordan.  Cinematography by Ian Wilson.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An IRA ‘volunteer’ grows attached to the British soldier he has taken hostage, and as penance for his sins travels to London and seeks out the soldier’s wife. That’s where all the fun begins, and I’m not telling you a single thing except to say that films are rarely this original. It’s a thriller, love story, even a bit of a musical, all blended into an exceptional motion picture that is still Neil Jordan’s best after so many years.   and  defy all expectations in their IRA roles , but much of the film belongs to as Dil:  anyone else would have settled for physical requirements, but Jordan casts a fantastic actor and coaxes a riveting performance from a newcomer.  Beautiful photography and a haunting score by Anne Dudley are also a plus.

Academy Award:  Best Original Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Stephen Rea); Best Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson); Best Director (Neil Jordan); Best Film Editing

European Film Award:  European Achievement of the Year

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Drama

Toronto International Film Festival:  1992

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