The Devil's Own

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Sony/Columbia Released 1997

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Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

The Devil's Own is a 1997 film directed by Alan J. Pakula and is the story of an IRA gunman who moves to New York City and brings a welcoming American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) moves from Ireland to New York and adopts the pseudonym Rory Devaney. While in New York, McGuire stays with Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), a New York City cop who is completely oblivious to McGuire's actual line of work. When McGuire and O'Meara become closer, McGuire then struggles with the tension between having a legitimate friendship with his newfound family or his allegiance to the IRA. When O'Meara becomes aware that McGuire has been lying to him, he must make the difficult decision regarding friendship or his allegiance to the law. Also starring Julia Stiles, Ruben Blades, Margaret Colin, Treat Williams, and David O'Hara, The Devil's Own was poorly received by critics and audiences alike.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Pitt moves through this unexpectedly solid thriller with dazzling confidence, showing off all the star power that he usually works overtime to hide.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The Devil's Own is neither the best nor the worst $90 million-$100 million-area budgeted picture ever made, but it must be the one in which the cost is least evident on the screen.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    With two of the world's biggest stars in tow, the creators of The Devil's Own can be forgiven for figuring that nothing else really mattered. If you've got Harrison Ford and Brad P...

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