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Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 1998

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). Jody makes Fergus promise he'll visit his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), in London, and when Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out. Hounded by his former IRA colleagues, he finds himself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic, and surprising, Dil.

Cast: Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown, Adrian Dunbar, Jaye Davidson, Andree Bernard

Director: Neil Jordan

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: British Screen Productions, Palace, Channel Four Films, Eurotrustees

Distributors: Miramax Films, Live Video

Keywords: Creative, London, Cool, Forbidden love, Girlfriend, Transformation, Soldier, 1990s, Love

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Persistently upends expectations without insult, as it pulls you into a netherworld filled with yearning, whimsy, and danger. [15 Dec 1992, p.A16(E)]

  • One of a very few films that wants to do something unexpected and challenging, and succeeds even beyond its ambitions. See this film. Then shut up about it. show more

  • Simultaneously a tough, haunting, lyrical, hopeful film, and the tears it wants us to shed are an alloy of sorrow and joy - cleansing tears, the kind that alter the rules and dignify the game. show more

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Winner Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)