The Devil’s Own

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA’s deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O’Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie’s real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom’s growing suspicions, forces Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder.

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Film Cast:

  • Sgt. Tom O’Meara: Harrison Ford
  • Francis Austin McGuire / Rory Devaney: Brad Pitt
  • Officer Edwin Diaz: Rubén Blades
  • Billy Burke: Treat Williams
  • Megan Doherty: Natascha McElhone
  • Sheila O’Meara: Margaret Colin
  • Annie O’Meara: Kelly Singer
  • Morgan O’Meara: Ashley Carin
  • Bridget O’Meara: Julia Stiles
  • Judge Harry Sloan: Simon Jones
  • Peter Fitzsimmons: George Hearn
  • Chief Jim Kelly: Mitchell Ryan
  • Sean Phelan: Paul Ronan
  • Martin MacDuf: David O’Hara
  • Dessie: David Wilmot
  • Kevin: Rob McElhenney
  • Masked Burglar: Chance Kelly
  • Rory’s Friend: Wilson Cleveland
  • Gerard: Anthony Brophy
  • Young Frankie: Shane Dunne
  • Frankie’s Father: Martin Dunne
  • Frankie’s Mother: Gabrielle Reidy
  • Frankie’s Sister: Samantha Conroy
  • Customs Agent: Baxter Harris
  • Teenager: Hassan Johnson
  • Rookie Cop: Scott Nicholson
  • Jerry: Jonathan Earl Peck
  • Hispanic Man: Sixto Ramos
  • Hispanic Girl: Mya Michaels
  • Teddy: Brendan Kelly
  • Thug: Kevin Nagle
  • Tony (as Greg Salata): Gregory Salata
  • Joey the Bartender (as Joseph Dandry): Joseph P. Dandry
  • Jack Fitzsimmons: Jack McKillop
  • The Maid: Mac Orange
  • Bishop: Malachy McCourt
  • Cousin Eileen: Marian Tomas Griffin
  • Aunt Birdie: Peggy Shay
  • Brooke: Danielle McGovern
  • Father Canlon (as Ciaran O’Reilly): Ciarán O’Reilly
  • Irish Musician: Donald J. Meade
  • Irish Musician: Patrick Reynolds
  • Irish Musician: Peter Rufli
  • Tour Guide: Debbon Ayer
  • Young Dominican: Mario Polit
  • Uniformed Cop: Greg Stebner
  • Detective: William Paulson
  • Trucker: Bill Hoag
  • Evan Stanley – FBI: Victor Slezak
  • Art Fisher – FBI: Damien Leake

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Tom Rolf
  • Producer: Lawrence Gordon
  • Casting: Alixe Gordin
  • Original Music Composer: James Horner
  • Executive Producer: Lloyd Levin
  • Producer: Robert F. Colesberry
  • Director of Photography: Gordon Willis
  • Production Design: Jane Musky
  • Set Decoration: Bernie Pollack
  • Art Direction: Robert Guerra
  • Set Decoration: Leslie Bloom
  • Second Unit Director: David R. Ellis
  • Editor: Dennis Virkler
  • Director: Alan J. Pakula
  • Screenplay: Kevin Jarre
  • Executive Producer: Donald Laventhall
  • Screenplay: Vincent Patrick
  • Screenplay: David Aaron Cohen

Movie Reviews:

  • CinemaSerf: On the face of it, two A-list men at the top of the bill should have made this compelling, but sadly what we get is a rather lacklustre thriller that is positively lacking in thrills! The story centres around police officer “O’Meara” (Harrison Ford) who takes in an Irish lodger “Devaney” (Brad Pitt and his hilarious Irish accent). From the outset, we are aware that the lodger is really an IRA terrorist who is hiding out under an assumed name, and gradually his host begins to suspect that all is not what is seems. What now ensues is a really rather poorly constructed story that leaves breadcrumbs for us all to follow to an ending that though taut at times along the way, is really nothing very interesting. As a Brit, I’ve always found these intrigue films that portray terrorists as glorified freedom fighters a bit tough to stomach and the narrative here plays to just about every dumb stereotype imaginable. There is precious little by way of action and the pace sort of lumbers along with little to engage the little grey cells. The plot is overly simplistic and from a political perspective, totally one-sided and that renders the whole thing little better than an hollow outing for both. Though Pitt is at his most eye-catching, this is nothing at all to write home about and offers us little of meaning to help comprehend the complexities of the true problems on the island of Ireland.
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