Director: Neil Jordan Cast: Stephen Raye, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Breffni McKenna, Joe Savino, Birdy Sweeney, Andrée Bernard, Forest Whitaker, Ralph Brown, Tony Slattery
Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (Neil Jordan)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Stephen Rea); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jaye Davidson); Best Director (Neil Jordan); Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: 2016
Synopsis: A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier’s world.
Did You Know? Jaye Davidson how no acting experience when he was discovered in a bar and cast as Dil.
Quotables: DIL: I’m loud, darling, but never cheap.
And now a Word from the Guise:
Forest Whitaker’s British accent is really off-putting, not because it’s bad but because he has such a recognizable voice. His accent is far from perfect, but it is a lot better than most other attempts by American actors. His trouble is that he overcompensates by over-enunciating the sounds he’s not accustomed to making.
The acting is not the greatest, and I think that Stephen Raye only received an Oscar nomination because he “kissed another man”, and Jaye Davidson only received an Oscar nomination because he played a trans-woman. Neither of them are terrible, but there’s nothing inspiring about their roles. But there’s nothing really inspiring or remarkable about their performances.
I suppose I liked the film well enough, though it’s not one I’d watch over and over. Once was enough. The haggard, venomous jokes spewed from “masculine straight men” over the years about women “pulling a Crying Game” on other men have left a bitter taste in my mouth, and it affected my ability to enjoy the film.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233