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Overshadowed by GoodFellas when it was released in 1990, State of Grace gradually emerged as one of the best New York gangster films of its decade. It was also the first to feature the Irish American mob known as the Westies. Here, their territory west of Times Square is being gentrified by an unwelcome infusion of yuppie cash, squeezing them into a reluctant alliance with Mafia kingpins. Frankie (Ed Harris) is the boss; little brother Jackie (Gary Oldman) is his volatile muscle; their friend Terry (Sean Penn) has returned from an extended absence, harboring a dangerous secret while rekindling his love for Frankie and Jackie's sister Kathleen (Robin Wright, Penn's future wife). Giving one of his scariest, most violent performances, Oldman offers stark, brutal contrast to Harris's pent-up fury, while Penn breathes life into his character's standard-issue dilemma. A former protégé of Steven Spielberg's, director Phil Joanou handles this gritty potboiler with confident, unobtrusive style, ramping up the tension of divided loyalties, even as the plot grows increasingly familiar. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Sean PennTerry Noonan
Ed HarrisFrankie Flannery
Gary OldmanJackie Flannery
Robin WrightKathleen Flannery
John TurturroNick
Burgess MeredithFinn
R.D. CallPat Nicholson
Joe ViterelliBorelli
John C. ReillyStevie McGuire
Deirdre O'ConnellIrene
Marco St. JohnJimmy Cavello

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Phil Joanou
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 134 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 14, 1990
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 3, 2002
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