Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie…
Release Year: 1990
Rating: 7.2/10 (9,513 voted)
Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman
Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister Kathleen. Soon, however, Terry is torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalties to others.
Pat Nicholson, Frankie's Lieutenant
John C. Reilly
Marco St. John
Thomas G. Waites
(as Michael Cunningham)
A family ripped apart by violence. A love corrupted by betrayal. A friendship stained by blood.
Release Date: 14 September 1990
Filming Locations: Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Did You Know?
Another actor was originally cast in the part eventually played by Ed Harris. Harris had trouble accepting the role because he was still recovering from the injuries he suffered on the set of
Near the end of the film when Terry goes to Jackies apartment to tell him that he heard Frankie was involved in Stevies death, the Tequila bottle is on the window ledge on its side. After the scuffle between terry and Jackie, the Tequila bottle is upright.
Nobody's doin' nothin' to nobody. It's all just happenin', see?
Another SEVERELY Overlooked Film
Aside from being a great, dark film, with a substantial plot line and a
GIANT cast (Oldman, Penn, and Harris), this is an
Oldman performance not to be believed. Mr. Oldman himself
been quoted as saying that "State of Grace" is HIS favourite
performance. And, as usual, he gives a performance to
equalled by none.
Sean Penn is marvelous, too, and Harris portrays evil incarnate.
This film should be re-evaluated, and Gary Oldman should
received the Oscar for it. His portrayal of Jackie Flannery,
a wild, violent young gangster with an ethereal tender streak
is simply phenomenal.