State of Grace (1990)

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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:

Runtime: 134 minutes


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.

-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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2 thoughts 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.

  2. Robin Wright fit perfectly in her strong role of having brothers that led an Irish mob from ” Hells Kitchen.”
    With her beautiful hair she would have anybodies vote for the perfect ” Irish Spring” commercial.

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