|THE CRYING GAME (director/writer: Neil Jordan; cinematographer: Ian Wilson; editor: Kant Pan; music: Anne Dudley; cast: Stephen Rea (Fergus), Miranda Richardson (Jude), Forest Whitaker (Jody), Jim Broadbent (Col.), Ralph Brown (Dave), Adrian Dunbar (Maguire), Jaye Davidson (Dil), Breffini McKenna (Tinker); Runtime: 112; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Nik Powell; Miramax-Mayfair Entertainment; 1992-UK)|
|"Absorbing offbeat blend of a
romantic, psychological and political thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
George sings the theme song, that was written by
Geoff Stephens. Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan ("The
Company of Wolves"/"Mona Lisa"/"The
Miracle") is writer-director of this absorbing
offbeat blend of a romantic, psychological and
militant Fergus (Stephen Rea) kidnaps
the drunken black British soldier Jody (Forest
Whitaker) at a South Armagh
fairground with the help of two comrades,
his girlfriend Jude (Miranda Richardson) and
Maguire (Adrian Dunbar), and they hold him hostage
at a farm while they negotiate for an exchange of
prisoners with the Brits. But things go awry
during the stay and there's an army raid, and Fergus
hides in London. Through a photo taken from the
prisoner, Fergus tracks down at a London
bar Jody's mulatto hairdresser and
chanteuse girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), and
gets surprised at what he finds.
Broadbent is the London bartender who connects Fergus
with Dil. Miranda Richardson, in an
inconsequential part, plays Fergus's IRA girlfriend.
While the three leads, Rhea, Whitaker and Davidson
excel with demanding performances.
oddball pic surprisingly caught on with the public and
became a smash commercial hit, after ignored when
first released in England.
REVIEWED ON 9/2/2014 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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