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The Devil's Own [Blu-ray] (1997)

Harrison Ford , Brad Pitt , Alan J. Pakula  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades, Treat Williams
  • Directors: Alan J. Pakula
  • Writers: David Aaron Cohen, Kevin Jarre, Vincent Patrick
  • Producers: Donald Laventhall, Karen L. Thorson, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Unknown), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014I4TQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt star in this harrowing thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire (Pitt) is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara (Ford), 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, poignant. December 27, 2002
I saw this film in the theatres and liked it well enough. Seeing it again on DVD really helped my comprehension of it.
I thought the story was told well. The filmmakers showed the contrast between the sad bitterness and violence that Brad Pitt's character endures (and embraces), and the warm loving home that Harrison Ford opens to him. We the viewers sympathise with Pitt's character, even though we know -- he's gone too far. Where can he go when he's already gone too far?
The story was well-told, the acting well-done. I am no expert on Irish accents, but I wasn't overly bothered with Brad Pitt's. I thought he did a fine job, in both his acting and his accent. Harrison Ford, as usual, gives an excellent performance. I wished I could have seen more scenes with Margaret Colin (who plays Ford's wife) because she's always good. Treat Williams did a fine job as a menacing arms dealer.
Special kudos go out to James Horner for the musical score. The first time I saw this film, I was so impressed by the music so I trotted out and bought the CD soundtrack; it's been one of my favorites ever since. Horner isn't always my #1 favorite film composer (but he's usually fine) but this beautiful Irish-themed score is something special. It supports the film admirably (which is the whole purpose of soundtrack scores) but is heart-wrenchingly exquisite to listen to on its own.
I recommend this film. Perhaps it has a few flaws, but I really enjoyed it (and was moved by it) the second time around.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am Oirish and I thought it was quite good.... July 28, 2005
OK, so I'll admit that Brad Pitt's accent is not perfect and there's no way any IRA man would be that pretty (imagine if Brad Pitt looked like Gerry Adams - I doubt he would get as many roles). But the accent is actually not that bad, and Belfast people do actually say "foks sake" quite frequently.

I agree there are some dubious moments in the plot and that the action scenes are a little far fetched, but hey, this is Hollywood, and there is enough of a "gritty realism" feel imparted elsewhere to distract the viewer from these minor inconsistencies.

Harrison Ford plays the same character he played in Patriot Games / Air Force 1 / The Fugitive, which is fine by me since I enjoyed all those movies and I am a big Harrison fan.

I didn't find the plot partucularly confusing (it's pretty straightforward really). And although I certainly wouldn't venture to say that the script delivers chapter and verse on the hellishly complicated political situation in N. Ireland, it does at least go some way to explaining the mechanisms (personal revenge, indoctrination) that drive the cycle of violence there.

And the bittersweet ending has the desired effect.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Francis 'Frankie' McGuire (Brad Pitt) is one of the most wanted IRA terrorists in Belfast, Ireland. He is wanted for the murder of several police officers and army soldiers, among others. But now his group is raising the stakes. They are no longer going to waste their time with guns - they are going for missiles. So Frankie heads to New York City under the alias Rory Devaney. An Irish judge sets him up to live with the O'Meara family, headed by Sergaent Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), one of New York's finest. As Frankie works to overhaul a boat and deal with the slimy arms dealer, Billy Burke (Treat Williams), he finds himself growing attached to the O'Meara family and wishing that he had the opportunity to lead such a life. When Billy Burke sends men to the O'Meara house looking for his money, Frankie knows that it is time to go before he ends up harming the family who made him a part of their home for a short time. But once Tom O'Meara discovers Frankie's real identity, he isn't about to let him go...
I will be the first to admit that I didn't understand everything that was going on in the plot, but Brad Pitt's character said that "If you aren't confused [about the situation in Ireland], you don't know what is going on," and I found that to be pretty true for the whole story line. In fact, it was more of a slice of life and time passing than a story with an actual beginning and end. Aside from the plot, the movie really shines with the superb acting in the film. I truly cared for these characters, even though one of them was a terrorist shown killing several men.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it from one who knows...... May 14, 2002
By A Customer
Right....I come from Northern Ireland, and I'll tell you right now most people writing reviews here (apart from a couple, you know who you are) don't have a clue what they're talking about.
This isn't a great movie but it definitly isn't a bad one either, its flawed but worth watching.
And you aren't going to understand "The Troubles" by watching a movie, you need to do some serious reading, its complex.
And....Brad Pitts accent is fine, probably the best I've heard from an American actor in a mainstream movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why the problem with brad's accent? January 9, 2001
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I can't understand certain reviewers' problems with Brad Pitt's accent in this movie. He sounded very much like Gerry Adams sounds, or any reporter you hear on the BBC who is from Northern Ireland, or even Liam Neeson. It's too bad that many Americans think that every Irish person sounds like the Lucky Charms leprechaun or the Irish Spring soap guy (now those are some BAD accents). There are many different accents in Ireland, just as there are different accents in the U.S.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the acting
Second time I saw this movie. Love the acting, the depth of the message.
Published 1 month ago by Ann L. DiFrangia
4.0 out of 5 stars not just action, time killing flick. see the ...
not just action, time killing flick. see the credit, who the director is, well made political and human drama i think.
Published 1 month ago by sehochoi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Brad Pitt's performance was outstanding; the storyline was not particularly compelling.
Published 2 months ago by Enrico Capo
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried everything to skip past the bad part but could not watch the...
Product froze up watching. I watched half a movie and the DVD froze up. I tried everything to skip past the bad part but could not watch the rest of the movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dudley Do Right
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Two good actors Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt is this terror battle between the English and the Irish as it cross over to U.S. soil. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Harrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Own DVD
Received as expected.
Published 2 months ago by James P. Blankenhorn
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Own
It's your average 80s-90s movie, nothing exciting to keeping you at edge of your seats other than who the actors happen to be.
Published 3 months ago by Carson City NV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by debby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
works properly
Published 3 months ago by Michael A. Mallon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie, great cast.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Baldwin
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