|THE DEVIL'S OWN (director: Alan J. Pakula; screenwriter: David Aaron Cohen/Vincent Patrick/Keven Jarre; cinematographer: Gordon Willis; editor: Tom Rolf/Dennis Virkler; music: James Horner; cast: Harrison Ford (Tom O'Meara), Brad Pitt (Rory Devaney), Margaret Colin (Sheila O'Meara), Ruben Blades (Edwin Diaz), Treat Williams (Billy Burke), George Hearn (Peter Fitzsimmons), Mitchell Ryan (Chief Jim Kelly), Natascha McElhone (Megan Doherty); Runtime: 111; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Lawrence Gordon/Robert F. Colesberry; Sony Pictures Entertainment; 1997)|
|"An engrossing but disappointing
big-budget political suspense film, that never
by Dennis Schwartz
engrossing but disappointing big-budget political
suspense film, that never becomes exceptional. Alan
J. Pakula ("Klute"/"Sophie's
Choice"/"All the President's Men") directs from a
screenplay by David Aaron Cohen, Vincent Patrick and
notorious IRA hitman (Brad Pitt) from Ireland goes to
NYC to purchase Stinger missiles, while sponsored by a
sympathetic to the cause American judge (George
Hearn). He lodges with a peace- loving
family-man veteran Irish cop (Harrison Ford),
who is unaware of what he's up to. The narrative
focuses on these two opposites, who bond at first. It
builds in suspense until its bloody shoot-out climax
has them on opposing sides.
production problems, an unhappy Brad Pitt wanting out
and numerous script changes, work against the handsome
but bleak film.
REVIEWED ON 3/23/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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