The Devil’s Own (1997)

“They say the word peace, but at the end of the day, all they want is surrender.” – Rory

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in ’97 and 1 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A fugitive IRA terrorist travels to America and stays in the house of an Irish-American police officer who doesn’t know his identity.

My Take on it – This is one of those unfortunate films that has a great general premise, but the writing is so bad that we end up no caring about anything.

Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are both very talented actors but when they both aren’t given enough to do, something is clearly wrong here.

The plot itself is so convoluted that it leaves so many questions unanswered and the story seems to jump around far too much.

The idea to make the viewer sympathize with both characters is fine up until we need to make the choice between the two and due to the poor development of the characters, we end up not really caring.

What is real unfortunate about this film is that buried deep down there is a great story within but it just isn’t able to make it to the surface and instead we get a confusing and convoluted film that just doesn’t work.


Bottom Line – Great premise that fails miserably.  Ford and Pitt are both fine here but the plot leaves too many questions and loses its way so many times. The idea to make the viewer sympathize with both characters makes things both interested yet completely confusing since neither character is developed well enough for us to care. There is a great story buried deep inside this film but it just isn’t able to make it out for us to enjoy it.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original script for the film was much darker than the version used for the final film. Amongst other elements: Pitt’s Frankie the Angel character alternated between slaughtering all of the inhabitants of a crack house and crooning Irish music at a local pub; Ford’s Tom O’Meara was a “hair bag cop” who got that unflattering nickname because he’s been a uniformed officer for so long; and an entire scene consisted of O’Meara and his partner throwing vile insults at each other. This draft was the one that Brad Pitt read before deciding to sign onto the project.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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