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The Devil's Own1997

The Devil's Own (1997)



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A policeman plays Good Samaritan to a visitor from Ireland, only to discover that he has a potentially deadly secret. Belfast-born Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) saw his father gunned down by enemy soldiers at the age of eight, and when he grew up he joined the Irish Republican Army, determined that one day his father's death would be avenged. An especially ruthless "volunteer," Frankie is responsible for the death of 13 British soldiers and 11 policemen. After a particularly bloody battle, Frankie sails to the United States in a ragged tugboat he has restored; with a huge bundle of cash, Frankie intends to buy a stock of Stinger missiles from an underground arms dealer in America, Billy Burke (Treat Williams). Upon arrival in New York, Frankie is met by a judge who is sympathetic to the IRA's cause and who arranges a place for him to stay. Using the name Rory Devaney, Frankie moves into the home of Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), a scrupulously honest cop. Tom is already in the midst of a personal crisis; his friend and partner Edwin Diaz (Ruben Blades) recently shot a man that he knew was unarmed in the line of duty, and while Edwin wants Tom to help him cover up the matter, Tom's conscience will not allow it. When Tom begins to realize that "Rory" is not simply a man running from the violence of his homeland, he's torn between his sympathy for Frankie's tragic childhood and his desire to see justice served and prevent needless death in Ireland.

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Harrison Ford
as Tom O'Meara
Brad Pitt
as Rory Devaney
Margaret Colin
as Sheila O'Meara
Ruben Blades
as Edwin Diaz
Treat Williams
as Billy Burke
George Hearn
as Peter Fitzsimmons
Mitchell Ryan
as Chief Jim Kelly
Natascha McElhone
as Megan Doherty
Paul Ronan
as Sean Phelan
Simon Jones
as Harry Sloan
Julia Stiles
as Bridget O'Meara
Ashley Carin
as Morgan O'Meara
Kelly Singer
as Annie O'Meara
David O'Hara
as Martin MacDuf
Shane Dunne
as young Frankie
Martin Dunne
as Frankie's father
Gabrielle Reidy
as Frankie's mother
Samantha Conroy
as Frankie's sister
Baxter Harris
as customs agent
Scott Nicholson
as rookie cop
Sixto Ramos
as Hispanic Man
Mya Michaels
as Hispanic woman
Joseph Dandry
as Joey the bartender
Jack McKillop
as Jack Fitzsimmons
Mac Orange
as the maid
Marian Tomas Griffin
as cousin Eileen
Peggy Shay
as Aunt Birdie
Ciaran O'Reilly
as Father Canlon
Donald J. Meade
as Irish Musician
Patrick Reynolds
as Irish Musician
Peter Rufli
as Irish Musician
Debbon Ayer
as tour guide
Mario Polit
as young Dominican
Chance Kelly
as masked burglar
Greg Stebner
as uniformed cop
William Paulson
as detective
Bill Hoag
as trucker
Victor Slezak
as Evan Stanley, FBI
Damien Leake
as Art Fisher, FBI
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Own

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

A beguiling but ultimately leaden tale of moral conflict.

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Fortunately for us (and for Pakula), Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are bona fide movie stars: their charisma is a considerable compensation.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While this film runs almost two hours, it seems longer because of the pacing.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The film should make it clear whether it considers the Brad Pitt character to be a hero or villain. My best guess is, he's a villain given a moral touch-up because he's also a movie star.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

An engrossing but disappointing big-budget political suspense film, that never becomes exceptional.

March 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil's Own

They came from different worlds. They fought for different causes.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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This has GOT to be the worst movie ever for both Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. I found myself wondering throughout, "What is this movie even about?"

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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