The Devil’s Own

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The Devil’s Own (1997)

Directed by Alan J. Pakula

Starring: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Treat Williams, Margaret Colin

Francis McGuire (Pitt) is a notorious IRA figure who’s come to America to hide from the law. Posing as a construction worker, Rory is welcomed into the home of Tom (Ford) and Sheila (Colin) O’Meara.  Tom is a New York City police officer with four daughters and the two men soon bond. When their peaceful life is shattered, Tom begins to question who Rory really is.

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This is a nicely done film from 1997 that I’ve enjoyed seeing many times over the years. Alan Pakula (To Kill a Mockingbird, Sophie’s Choice) did a great job with a story that had some issues. He was also lucky enough to get great work from Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford. The acting really carries this movie from the very beginning. In addition to the two big stars, the movie gets good work from most of the main cast.

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The movie struggles due to a weak plot. Much of the background for the events in the film is ignored and it leaves the story without much bite. It also seems to ignore the bigger picture, instead focusing on the individuals. Had it been the other way around, this might have been a really good movie.

Like I said before, I have always enjoyed this movie. Most of that comes from some decent action sequences and great acting by Ford and Pitt. If you’re a fan of action films this might be worth checking out. It’s one of those movies that I really wanted to be great, but it just wasn’t made that way. I give this one 2.4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 107 minutes

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