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The Crying Game

The Crying Game is a 1968 novel by John Braine.

The Crying Game (1992) is also a British film directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, nationality and sexuality against the background of England at the time of the Northern Irish Troubles. The original working title of this film was The Soldier's Wife.

The film was originally made for British television but was given a cinematic release after some good reviews. It was a sleeper hit in the U.S., where it was received to critical acclaim and went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Writer-director Neil Jordan won an Oscar for his screenplay.

The acclaimed cast included Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davidson, Jim Broadbent and Adrian Dunbar .


The film begins as a psychological thriller, as IRA foot soldier Fergus (played by Stephen Rea) kidnaps Jody, a black British soldier (played by Forest Whitaker). While Fergus guards Jody they develop some kind of bond. Jody is killed when he attempts to flee. Later, Fergus falls in love with Jody's girlfriend Dil (played by Jaye Davidson). There then follows an unconventional and extremely powerful chain of events leading to an explosive finale.

Tagline: Play At Your Own Risk

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