Unconditional love transcends all boundaries, real or imagined. (by res0owwh)
From a philosophical viewpoint, this movie illustrates unconditional love, which is not that prevalent in our present world. We could all learn some things from this movie, if we chose to do so.I regret that I am only ten 10 years behind in seeing and understanding this work.The entire cast and crew were excellent in their work and the writer deserves tremendous credit for such insight and understanding of the degree of heart and soul which can and does exist in some people.I would recommend it to anyone who is attempting to understand humanity and some of the trials and tribulations it <more>
puts itself through.It is classified as a "teaching movie" specializing in unconditional love, or "fiction with a definite positive purpose". Beautiful work.
The only reason I watched The Crying Game was because I had heard it was pretty good and it is from the same director as The Interview with the Vampire. Plus it was on TV. The film really surprised me. It was wonderfully made and had a great twist. The performances were real and profound. The writing was some of the best in years. And the direction was outstanding. And the costume design, art direction, makeup, and score were all amazing. The song The Crying Game also caught me as particularly wonderful. The Crying Game is a classic in every way. It makes a lasting impression and should be <more>
The first part of The Crying Game is based on a great short story by Frank O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation." The balance of this provocative, brilliantly made film takes you on a journey fueled by guilt, romance, terrorist intrigue, and a plot twist that ranks as one of the most startling in all cinema. The acting, by Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, and others, is all first-rate; the cinematography and score are stellar; and Neil Jordan directs with vigor and empathy.How can anyone give this movie less than a 10? I can't.
One of the most shocking and original movies of 1992. ***1/2 out of four (by Movie-12)
THE CRYING GAME / 1992 ***1/2 out of four By Blake French: I admire Neil Jordan for contributing his vastly original ideas to theater screens, as do I admire the Academy Awards, who appropriately rewarded "The Crying Game" with the best original screenplay Oscar in 1992. The film also earned nominations for best picture, director, leading and supporting actors, and editing. Jordan's style of filmmaking feels consistent over the years. "The Crying Game" offers the usual flavor of Jordan, but also incorporates unexpected, ninety degree twists that change the pace of <more>
his story altogether. "The Crying Game" begins in Northern Ireland, where the IRA takes prisoner a British soldier named Jody Forest Whitaker . Among the team of committed terrorists is the quiet Fergus Stephen Rea , and the seductive Jude Miranda Richardson , who guard Jody in an isolated forest shelter. As Fergus continually watches Jody, the two become begin to like one another. Jody knows that his tragic fate nears, therefore, shows Fergus a photograph of his romantic interest, who lives back in London. He asks Fergus to look her up sometime if he ever gets the chance. The movie takes a ridged, unexpected turn, and the next time we see Fergus, he is living as a construction worker in London under a new name. He finds the soldier's girlfriend working at a beauty salon. Her name is Dil Jaye Davidson . Fergus gets a haircut, and follows her to a nearby bar, then the next thing we know the two are deeply in love. But Dil has a secret-and so does Fergus. What would Dil think if she knew her new lover was responsible for her late boyfriend's death? Stephen Rae is the best thing in the movie, interlocking the several separate plots with a concrete narrative. The film takes his point of view, and does so consistently. This is essential, since we learn information as he does-a classic yet extraordinarily effective method of keeping an audience involved. Here, Jordan celebrates a clean story, but reveals information about certain characters that change the entire direction of the story, while keeping the important material in play. That is not easy. "The Crying Game" is not for everyone-it's a hard, perverse movie with enough content to warrant several R ratings. The sexual content is unexpected and distorted, but stunningly original. Three minutes do not pass before a character casually utters the notorious four-letter word. Even the violence is aggressive and graphic. "The Crying Game" takes no prisoners, so hold on tight and come prepared for the ride. I think the film could have investigated the relationship between Dil and Jody with more detail. We learn how Jody feels about Dil, but Dil resists sharing her feelings about Jody. Is this done for a purpose? I think so. Neil Jordan is not the kind of director who would leave out massive plot nuggets like this, especially in a movie as deliberate and complex as "The Crying Game." However, Dil feels a little shallow in this area. With a little more emotion and dimension, she could have been even more intriguing. Jaye Davidson does a great job with the character, however, which probably explains why this element of the story has not received many other complaints. "The Crying Game" was certainly one of the most original movies to hit theaters in 1992, and deserved many of its award nominations and wins. Neil Jordan bravely takes us through controversial material, while at the same time, keeps us focused on the main points of the movie. He keeps the audience in his grasp the whole way through-something all directors should strive to accomplish.
The Crying Game was a sensation when it was first released back in 1992, and looking back on it after all these years it still manages to be an intelligently written and well acted thriller of gender-bending proportions. It famously features one of the most startling plot twists ever conceived for film which has since become well known; if you're fortunate enough not to know what it is, I will give you the pleasure of discovering it for yourself. . At the time of its release the "plot twist" in question was the main subject of discussion regarding The Crying Game; in <more>
retrospect, it is seen not just to be a gimmick, but also an ingenious narrative device--it fits organically with the rest of the plot, both before the revelation and after. Finally, The Crying Game is actually a film that deals with the universal theme of one's need to find acceptance and love in this world This fact adds new dimensions to its theme song . And because it deals with such a universal theme, this film, like all great films, stands the test of time.
This movie is not the average, run of the mill suspense film. It is well acted, with a solid script and very human side to the plot. Jaye Davidson launched a nice career with this surprise. In the end, Crying Game does not take the easy way out and cheat the audience. Neil Jordan made some excellent artistic choices. I am genuinely sorry I missed this film in the theatres and I am pleased I rectified this oversight.
The Crying Game (by jboothmillard)
A very interesting and obviously controversial British drama from Oscar and BAFTA nominated director Neil Jordan. Basically British soldier Jody Forest Whitaker is kidnapped and held captive by the IRA, and an unlikely brief friendship develops with Fergus Oscar and BAFTA nominated Stephen Rea . When the hostage-holding goes wrong and Jody is hit by a car when escaping, Fergus, feeling responsible, decides to go and see the woman Jody's lover. He eventually finds her, a hairdresser named Dil Oscar and BAFTA nominated Jaye Davidson . He calls himself Jimmy and gets a job as a day <more>
labourer, and eventually starts seeing Dil, who has no idea of his IRA background. But the pivotal moment of the film is when Fergus eventually undresses Dil, and he didn't realise, she is a he! The Crying Game definition: To find out your girlfriend who you've had intercourse with used to be a man, or, To get a woman to undress herself only for her to reveal a penis . He does promise to stay with Dil, as long as she/he whatever you prefer starts to dress as the gender he was born to be. Meanwhile, IRA member Jude BAFTA nominated Miranda Richardson who helped in the kidnapping of Jody has come back looking for Fergus, probably to kill him. Also starring Jim Broadbent as Col. I have to admit the first time I saw the film I thought Dil was played by a girl, and they had trick photography, I didn't realise it was guy! Featuring three or four versions of the song "The Crying Game", my favourite version is by Boy George. It won the Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and it was nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Picture, it won the BAFTA for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, and it was nominated for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, and it was nominated the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Miranda Richardson was number 15 on The 50 Greatest British Actresses, and the film was number 32 on The 50 Greatest British Film. Very good!
As I recall the CRYING GAME was one of the first thinking person's films One of those little Indie's that came along and changed the way we looked at movies. I have recently viewed in on tape not having seen it it since 1993 and there wasn't much of it that I remembered except the big surprise which even then I had figured out a half hour earlier.The best part about this film is Jaye Davidson's performance and Neil Jordan's wonderful screenplay. They were both unique for the time and stand up to it on this second viewing some eight years later. The plot twists and turns <more>
and one is never quite certain where it is going. There are two story lines that seem unconnected until they connect up perfectly in the film's third act.As for Jaye Davidson he is quite amazing. I also recall at the time of this film was out that I thought the Academy had best give him the Oscar this time because although he was young, his career would probably be limited. I can see from his bio that it was indeed. He did a couple of small films after CRYING GAME but by 1995 he had now gone back to working in London's fashion world. That is sad. It would have been nice to see him get more chances to act. Stephen Rhea on the other hand as the film's main character pretty much looked like he was sleep walking his way through it. HE unfortunately is still very much out there acting. Most recently appearing in THE MUSKETEER. There just ain't much justice in Hollywood.I urge you to take a look at this fine film if you haven't seen it or to revisit if you have.
...the one "scene" that anybody who has seen the film or probably heard about/seen parodied on "Ace Ventura" knows I'm talking about, kinda puts a damper on it. I mean, it adds to the film--which really is beautifully made and acted--but what can I say? It's disturbing. I guess it was necessary to the film's plot, though I think it could have been just as good if Dil was just a "normal" female. It's all about the power of love and just what one would do for another in this, the crying game. A great message overall; it really touched me. I would <more>
definitely recommend it to anyone, but...just prepare yourself.