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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 .
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by G. Hobbs
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
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 morePublished on March 14 2002 by liz
Never mind the famous gender-bending plot twist: what makes THE CRYING GAME such a fascinating film is its unpredictability. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
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 morePublished on Sept. 14 2001
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2001 by Straight Shaun
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 morePublished on Aug. 17 2001