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The Crying Game

The Crying Game film poster
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Stephen Woolley
Written by Neil Jordan
Starring Stephen Rea
Miranda Richardson
Jaye Davidson
Forest Whitaker
Adrian Dunbar
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Editing by Kant Pan
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) October 30, 1992
Running time 112 min.
Country UK / Japan
Language English
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The Crying Game (1992) is a popular and critically acclaimed Irish film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles. The original working title of this film was The Soldier's Wife. Geoff Stephens (born October 1, 1934, London), began writing during his amateur theatrical days when he wrote songs and sketches for musical revues presented by his own company, the Four Arts Society, while working as a school teacher, air traffic controller and silk screen printer. ... The Crying Game is a song by Geoff Stephens, released first by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (483x755, 26 KB) Licensing This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Neil Jordan is an Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker and novelist. ... Stephen Woolley, born 2 December 1952 in London is a British film producer and director. ... Neil Jordan is an Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker and novelist. ... Stephen Rea (born October 31, 1946) is an Irish actor. ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey on March 21, 1968) is a Oscar-nominated former actor. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Adrian Dunbar (born August 1, 1958), is an Irish actor best known for his television work. ... Ian Wilson (born April 23, 1939 in London, UK) is a British cinematographer. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Neil Jordan is an Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker and novelist. ... For other uses, see The Troubles (disambiguation). ...


The film was notable for its dramatic plot twist, and for a sympathetic portrayal of characters from often-reviled subcultures, presented here as complex and likable human beings. Audiences accepted the film as a thriller, but also as an unconventional romance. As one of the first mainstream dramas to deal with transgender issues, it has become a major film in discussions of alternative sexualities and popular culture.[citation needed] Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... A romantic drama film is a film that seriously studies the romantic nature of relationships between people. ... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ...

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Synopsis

The Crying Game is about the main character Fergus' experiences as a member of the IRA which often employed questionable and potentially deadly methods to achieve its missions, his brief but meaningful encounter with Jody (held as prisoner by the group), and his romantic relationship with Jody's girlfriend, Dil, whom Fergus promised Jody he would protect. However, unexpected events force Fergus to decide what he wants for the future, and ultimately what his nature dictates that he must do. Provisional Irish Republican Army (Irish name: Óglaigh na hÉireann) (PIRA; more commonly referred to as the IRA, the Provos, or by some of its supporters as the Army or the RA) is an Irish Republican, left wing[2] paramilitary organisation that, until the Belfast Agreement, sought to end Northern...


Plot

The film begins as a psychological thriller, as IRA foot soldier Fergus (played by Stephen Rea) and a unit of other IRA members, including Jude (Miranda Richardson) and led by Maguire (Adrian Dunbar) kidnap Jody, a British soldier (played by Forest Whitaker). The IRA members demand the release of other jailed IRA and threaten to execute Jody in three days if their demands are not met. Provisional Irish Republican Army (Irish name: Óglaigh na hÉireann) (PIRA; more commonly referred to as the IRA, the Provos, or by some of its supporters as the Army or the RA) is an Irish Republican, left wing[2] paramilitary organisation that, until the Belfast Agreement, sought to end Northern... Stephen Rea (born October 31, 1946) is an Irish actor. ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Adrian Dunbar (born August 1, 1958), is an Irish actor best known for his television work. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ...


While Fergus guards Jody, they develop a bond. Jody, in particular, tells him the story about the frog and the scorpion: the scorpion, wishing to cross a stream, asked the frog to let him ride his back over the stream. When the frog asked the scorpion how he could be sure that the scorpion would not sting him, the scorpion replied that if he did sting him, it would mean death by drowning for both of them. The frog complies, carrying the scorpion on its back across the stream. Before they reach the other side, however, the frog feels pain and realizes that the scorpion has stung him. He protests, "Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion? For now we both will drown!" The scorpion replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."


Jody persuades Fergus to meet his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), after he is killed and make sure she is all right. The deadline set by Jody's captors passes and Jody is to be executed. Fergus takes Jody into the woods to carry out the sentence, but cannot bring himself to kill him, and Jody is instead accidentally killed by British tanks when he attempts to flee. Fergus then hides from his IRA companions in London, where he takes a job as a day laborer with the alias "Jimmy". While in London, Fergus meets Jody's attractive girlfriend, Dil, in a bar, where he sees her singing "The Crying Game." Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey on March 21, 1968) is a Oscar-nominated former actor. ...


Even then, though, Fergus still suffers from guilt about Jody's death, seeing him in his dreams bowling a cricket ball to him. Nonetheless, he continues to pursue Dil, protecting her from an obsessive suitor and gradually falling in love with her. However, when he later is about to make love to her in her apartment, he discovers that she is biologically male and hence a transwoman, and his initial reaction is of revulsion. He accidentally hits Dil in the face as he rushes to the bathroom to throw up, leaving a bruise, and leaving her on the floor by herself. Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... A transwoman (also spelled trans woman or trans-woman) is a transsexual or transgender person who was naturally born or physically assigned, as male at birth, feels that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves, and identifies as a woman. ...


At around the same time, Jude unexpectedly reappears in Fergus' apartment with a new mission for him: aid in assassinating a well-known official. She also offhandedly mentions that she knows about Fergus and Dil, telling him to "forget about that girl."


Fergus, however, cannot overcome his attraction to Dil, who keeps on wooing him, and shields her from possible retribution by his IRA members by giving her a haircut and male clothes as a disguise. The night before the IRA mission is to be carried out, Dil gets heavily drunk and Fergus has to escort her to her apartment, where Dil asks for him to stay with her for the rest of the night. Fergus complies, then admits to Dil that he had an indirect hand in bringing about her former boyfriend's death. Dil, drunk, appears to not have understood, but in the morning before Fergus wakes up, ties him to the bed, unwittingly preventing him from joining the other IRA members and completing the assassination according to plan.


Dil, holding Fergus at gunpoint, forces Fergus to tell her by the tune of "The Crying Game" that he loves her and will never leave her. When Fergus does so, Dil unties him, saying that even if he's lying, it's still nice to hear his words. Dil then breaks down into tears.


Just then, an exasperated Jude comes into their room with a gun, seeking to kill Fergus for missing the assassination he was to commit. Dil quickly shoots at her, realizing that she was complicit in Jody's death, and that she used her sexuality to trick him. After finishing her off, Dil then points the gun at Fergus, but then lowers her hand, saying that she cannot kill him because Jody will not allow her to. A sympathetic Fergus prevents Dil from shooting herself in the mouth, and tells Dil to hide out in the club for a while. When Dil is gone, he wipes her fingerprints off the gun, and allows himself to be arrested in place of Dil.


The epilogue takes place a few months later. Fergus, in prison, is visited by Dil. Dil, after discussing with Fergus on their plans once he gets out of jail, asks him why he took the fall for her in the first place. Fergus responds, "As a man once said, it's in my nature," and then proceeds to tell Dil the story of the frog and the scorpion he heard from Jody.


Production details

The film was originally released in Ireland and the UK, where it failed at the box office. However, it was a sleeper hit in the U.S., thanks in part to a memorable advertising campaign which asked audiences not to reveal the film's secret. It was received to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Writer-director Neil Jordan won an Oscar for his screenplay. The film went on to success around the world, including a re-release in Britain and Ireland. A sleeper hit (often simply called a sleeper) refers to a film, book, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Neil Jordan is an Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker and novelist. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the film was produced by Anne Dudley and the Pet Shop Boys, and Boy George scored his first hit in years with his recording of the title song - a song that had been a hit in the 1960s for British singer Dave Berry. The closing rendition of Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man" was performed by American singer Lyle Lovett. Scores 9 through 16 are orchestral, composed by Anne Dudley and performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra Of London. Anne Dudley (born 7-May-1956) is an orchestral composer and pop musician and was the BBC Concert Orchestras Composer in Association between January 2002 and January 2005. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English synthpop/pop music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and very occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent) is a pop singer-songwriter. ... Dave Berry was born David Holgate Grundy in Woodhouse, Sheffield, England, on February 6, 1941. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was a country singer and songwriter. ... Tammy Wynettes Stand by Your Man album, Epic Records, 1968 Stand by Your Man was a 1968 song, cowritten by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and sung by Tammy Wynette. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ...


The film's soundtrack was released on February 23, 1993 as The Crying Game: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

  1. "The Crying Game" - Boy George
  2. "When a Man Loves a Woman" - Percy Sledge
  3. "Live for Today" (Orchestral) - Cicero and Sylvia Mason-James
  4. "Let the Music Play" - Carroll Thompson
  5. "White Cliffs of Dover" - The Blue Jays
  6. "Live for Today" (Gospel) - Cicero
  7. "The Crying Game" - Dave Berry
  8. "Stand by Your Man" - Lyle Lovett
  9. "The Soldier's Wife"
  10. "It's in my Nature"
  11. "March to the Execution"
  12. "I'm Thinking of You"
  13. "Dies Irae"
  14. "The Transformation"
  15. "The Assassination"
  16. "The Soldier's Tale"

The Crying Game is a song by Geoff Stephens, released first by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent) is a pop singer-songwriter. ... When a Man Loves a Woman is a song sung by Percy Sledge in 1966 in which it made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. ... Percy Sledge Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and soul performer. ... For David Cicero the painter, go to David Cicero (artist) David Cicero David John Cicero (born on 29 May 1970) is a singer and keyboardist who was signed in 1989 to Spaghetti Records, a record label owned by by Pet Shop Boys. ... Sylvia Mason-James with Pet Shop Boys Chris Lowe Sylvia Mason-James is a British singer who has worked extensively as a backing vocalist and solo artist. ... The Crying Game is a song by Geoff Stephens, released first by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... Dave Berry was born David Holgate Grundy in Woodhouse, Sheffield, England, on February 6, 1941. ... Tammy Wynettes Stand by Your Man album, Epic Records, 1968 Stand by Your Man was a 1968 song, cowritten by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and sung by Tammy Wynette. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... For the Polish death metal band Dies Irae, see Dies Irae (band). ...

Cast

The acclaimed cast included Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davidson, Jim Broadbent and Adrian Dunbar. Stephen Rea (born October 31, 1946) is an Irish actor. ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey on March 21, 1968) is a Oscar-nominated former actor. ... James Broadbent (born May 24, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning English theatre, film and television actor. ... Adrian Dunbar (born August 1, 1958), is an Irish actor best known for his television work. ...


Davidson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, although the prize went to Gene Hackman for his performance in Unforgiven. The nomination led to some controversy, as the revelation of Davidson's gender was a spoiler for viewers who had not yet seen The Crying Game. There was much speculation about what Davidson would wear to the Oscars, as his appearing as a man would possibly spoil the film's surprise. In the end Davidson wore a rather androgynous outfit -- a woman's equestrian-style blazer, white shirt, riding breeches and thigh-high leather boots[1] -- and the event passed without incident. The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Gene Hackman (born Eugene Allen Hackman[1] on January 30, 1930) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Unforgiven is a 1992 Western film which tells the story of a retired gunslinger who takes on one more job for the money. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Reaction and criticism

The Crying Game received a 100% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes with 34 positive reviews. Critics praised the film as an unconventional classic with an effective plot twist, although later reviews stressed character development and themes over the now-famous twist. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Roger Ebert gave the film a four-star rating and described it as one that "involves us deeply in the story, and then it reveals that the story is really about something else altogether."[2] Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Gene Siskel, during Siskel and Ebert's annual "Memo to the Academy" program, gave away the ending of the film while giving his review. Gene Siskel at the 61st Academy Awards Eugene Gene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was one of the worlds most successful film critics. ...


Trivia

A parody of the The Crying Game was used as a twist in Jim Carrey's breakthrough film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is a 1994 wacky comedy movie, directed by Tom Shadyac. ...


See also

// Several movies feature transgender as a central plot element, including: Glen or Glenda? (1953) is a semi-autobiographical movie starring its director Ed Wood, who was a transvestite. ... A twist ending or surprise ending is an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction, which may contain an irony, or cause the audience to reevaluate the rest of the story. ...

References

  1. ^ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001109/bio Jaye's biograpfy, at IMDb: See the trivia section
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. Review of The Crying Game. December 18, 1992.

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