State of Grace (1990)

Plot:Terry Noonan (Sean Penn) returns home to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie (Gary Oldman) who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie (Ed Harris). Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie’s sister Kathleen (Robin Wright). Soon, however, Terry is torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalties to others.

Director: Phil Joanou

Writing Credits: Dennis McIntyre

Cast: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, R.D. Call, Joe Viterelli & Burgess Meredith

Music by: Ennio Morricone

Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller

Budget: $5,000,000

USA Release Date: September 14, 1990

Box Office USA: $1,911,542 | Widest release: 335 theaters.

Filming Dates: June 15, 1989 – September 22, 1989

Filming Locations: New York, USA

MPAA rating:
R

Runtime: 134 minutes

Trivia:
Sean Penn and Robin Wright became a couple during the filming of this movie, had two children over the next three years, broke up, then got back together before finally marrying in 1996.

-The word “fuck” and its variations are used 210 times in the film, which averages out to be approximately 1.6 times every minute.

David Rabe did some uncredited work on the script.

-Although the film was not a box office success and its release overshadowed by that of the similarly-themed Goodfellas, it was received positively by most critics. Shot on location in New York City, the film was inspired by the real-life Hell’s Kitchen gang The Westies.

 

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One thought on “State of Grace (1990)

  1. The movie where Robin Wright met Sean Penn …. Movie has great actors and Robin Wright is great in her role as a cold, hard and strong girl… A role very different from the sweet Kelly and Buttercup… Robin has great scenes where she shows that she’s over being a princess.

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