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Crying Game [Import]

Stephen Rea , Jaye Davidson , Neil Jordan    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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The Crying Game offers a rare and precious movie experience. The film is an unclassifiable original that surprises, intrigues, confounds, and delights you with its freshness, humor, and honesty from beginning to end. It starts as a psychological thriller, as IRA foot soldier Fergus (the incomparable Stephen Rea) kidnaps a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) and waits for the news that will determine whether he executes his victim or sets him free. As the night wears on, a peculiar bond begins to form between the two men. Later, the movie shifts tone and morphs into something of a romantic comedy as Fergus unexpectedly becomes involved with the soldier's girlfriend Dil (Jaye Davidson) and discovers more about himself, and human nature in general, than he ever dreamed possible. Like Spielberg's E.T., The Crying Game was supposed to be director Neil Jordan's "little, personal movie," the one he just had to make, even though no studio was willing to give him money because the story was so unusual. Instead, it became a surprise popular sensation, thanks in part to Miramax's cleverly provocative campaign playing up the hush-hush nature of the movie's big secret. The performances (including Miranda Richardson as one of Fergus's IRA colleagues) are subtly shaded, and the writing and direction are tantalizingly rich and suggestive; you're always trying to figure out the characters' true motives and feelings--even when they themselves are fully aware of their own motives and feelings. The Crying Game is a wise, witty, wondrous treasure of a movie. Director Jordan's credits include Mona Lisa, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, and The Butcher Boy. --Jim Emerson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate presentation Aug. 5 2000
International customers, please note: this is the version for Puritans, with Jaye Davidson's naughty bits blacked out. As a result, one pivotal scene loses 90% of its punch. Also, on the technical side, there are compression and NTSC artefacts galore, especially in the opening shot. (The film itself rates 5 stars.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but a poor presentation. May 5 2000
"The movie with the secrets" is a good movie with a terrific cast, but the DVD-edition of the movie is sadly very poor. The images look blocky and compressed and the sound, only presented in DD 2.0-format, lacks punch. There is not any extra material except for the trailer - not even subtitles, which makes it a little difficult to view the movie, as the characters mainly speak Irish. Movie/Sound/Picture/Extra: 3.5/2/2/1
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but horrible DVD transfer! Sept. 2 1999
By A Customer
I think it was a great movie but a horrendous job of transfering it to a DVD. Not only that, but no subtitles were given which is standard for DVD's. A big disappointment so please do not buy this DVD since this will only encourage the cheapskate studios to continue releasing subpar DVDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Somewhere in Northen Ireland , a group of IRA terrorists kidnaps a british soldier . One of it's members , Fergus gets to know the hostage and starts a friendship with him . In a moment of fear and insecurity , the soldier asks from Fergus to go to England if something bad happens to him and try to find his fiance Dil and see if she's alright . Some years later Fergus arrives to England and traces Dil in the haidresser Saloon where she works .
During the first half of the movie what we watch is probably themost melancholic , beautiful romance ever to be filmed . He's trying just to protect her yet instead he falls for her and at the same time feels guilty for flirting with the soldier's wife . She's haunted by the ghosts of the past and although every word and move of hers is full of confidence , she desperately needs some love and tenderness yet she's much too proud to let it show .
Then somewhere a little after the halfway mark the film has a twist which leaves the viewer speechless . From that point and after , the movie becomes more dramatic and intense . Neil Jordan's direction has that magic something called personallity . I have never seen a scene as atmospheric and sensitive as the one where Fergus cuts Dil's hair . The key element of this film though is it's actors . Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson give spectacular perfomances without which the film would certainlty be a lot different . Love is the thing Dil needs the most and love is what this great film is all about .
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THE CRYING GAME teaches the lesson that terrorists have relationship problems just as messy as other folks.
Jody (Forrest Whitaker), a British soldier stationed in Northern Ireland, is ensnared in a honeytrap by Jude (Miranda Richardson), kidnapped, and held by Irish militants threatening his execution unless one of their own is released by the British authorities. One of Jody's captors is Fergus (Stephen Rea), who forms a sympathetic bond with his prisoner. At one point, Jody shares a photo of his significant other, Dil (Jaye Davidson), living in London, and exacts a promise from Fergus such that, in case he (Jody) is executed, Fergus will search out Dil and share drinks at the local pub. Jody fails to regain his freedom, but not for the obvious reason. In any case, Fergus ferries over to England and makes the acquaintance of Dil, a hairdresser, through the ruse of getting a haircut. An attraction develops between Fergus and Dil after the former helps the latter out of a tough spot with an overly aggressive male admirer.
I feel a smidgen of guilt for awarding THE CRYING GAME four stars instead of five since the clever screenplay unfolds as a series of unexpected events. The first half of the film culminates when Fergus is privy to a stunning revelation. However, from then on, even after Fergus's IRA colleagues arrive in London and coerce him into another attack on the establishment, the pace of the film seemed relatively languorous as both Fergus and Dil come to grips with, um, issues. I was left marveling at the mess into which Fergus had gotten himself. The conclusion seemed positively anticlimactic, although justice was served and dues paid all around.
Rea is effective as Fergus, though his perpetually sad, hangdog look wouldn't garner him the Charming Boyo of the Year award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crying Game July 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Wow. Wow. I saw this movie a few hours ago and I'm still awestruck. I usually hate romance movies, but this was so much more than that. The performances were amazing, absolutely amazing. Jaye Davidson and Stephen Rea gave two of the best performances in movie history, I kid you not. I think that the members of the Academy should all be taken out and beaten for overlooking them. They never give Oscars to those who deserve them, with a few exceptions. (Benicio Del Toro in Traffic comes to mind as someone who won AND deserved an Oscar. Then again, they gave the Best Actress to Julia Roberts. Blech!)
I have to go find Stephen Rea's other movies. I had only seen him in one other movie before this, and that was Interview With The Vampire. He is such a great actor. He's not particularly good-looking, but he has this magnetic presence. You just can't take your eyes off him. Whitaker had a small part, but he was flawless in every scene. As for Davidson, well... Just go watch the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by James Bartolo
1.0 out of 5 stars dvd is annoying
This DVD starts with a super noisey sound effect's demo. This was really annoying. The movie was pretty much down hill from there. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by G. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be thinking about it long after it's over
I admit, I missed the beginning of this film, so I've ordered a copy of my own. I want to see it straight through.
This film is wonderful on so many levels. Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by skunktrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a classic
The twist in this film may have had viewers talking (or speechless), because that's just about the only thing one might remember at first. Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars As Unpredictable As Life Itself
Never mind the famous gender-bending plot twist: what makes THE CRYING GAME such a fascinating film is its unpredictability. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best film of 92
Behind Unforgiven this is the second best movie of 1992. It's one of the most surprising and thought provoking films I have seen. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Rea = incredible.
I saw this film at least ten times back in its release days and on VHS, but held off on buying the DVD, thinking that I'd already worn out my viewings of it and would just be sick... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by Straight Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars original, unforgettable, honest, bittersweet
This is my favorite movie of all time! Never before have I seen such fine acting. Whitaker, Richardson, Jaye Davidson and Stephen Rea all deliver knockout performances in complex,... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2001 by "pipvo"
2.0 out of 5 stars A Would-Be Theatrical Triumph
When I watched this movie at the time it was released in theaters, I did not like it. Then I watched it on HBO last year, and it was OK, but still not very good. Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by unraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This movie starts rather slow and in a way predictable. But there is always a little quirk that will change your perception of the previous scene. Brilliant.
Published on July 20 2001 by ichpokhudezh
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