The Crying Game

The Crying Game

Neil Jordan (1992)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Something of a sleeper release, this offbeat tale went on to become a monster hit in America and even earned an Oscar for best original screenplay for writer/director Neil Jordan. It's a beguiling, eccentric blend of romantic drama and political thriller, and at its centre is a charismatic performance from Stephen Rea. He plays an IRA terrorist who flees to London after the botched kidnapping of a British soldier, played somewhat unconvincingly by Forest Whitaker. Ridden with guilt, he locates the dead man's former lover (an extraordinary performance from Jaye Davidson that was deservedly Oscar-nominated) and finds himself falling in love. After a series of Hollywood flops, this marked a major return to form for Jordan. And the future also looked rosy for Davidson, who won a major role in Stargate but has done little of significance since.


An IRA member holds a British soldier hostage. The pair form an unlikely bond - so when the situation ends in tragedy, the guilt-ridden terrorist sets out to find his former prisoner's lover. But romance is soon on the cards, with devastating results. Oscar-winning drama, starring Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson and Miranda Richardson.

Cast & Crew

Fergus Stephen Rea
Jude Miranda Richardson
Dil Jaye Davidson
Jody Forest Whitaker
Maguire Adrian Dunbar
Tinker Breffni McKenna
Eddie Joe Savino
Tommy Birdie Sweeney
Jane Andrée Bernard
Col Jim Broadbent
Dave Ralph Brown (2)
Deveroux Tony Slattery
Franknum Jack Carr
Bar performer Josephine White
Judge Brian Coleman
Security man Ray De-Haan
Bar performer Shar Campbell
Security man David Crionelly
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Mayfair EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray