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
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
–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.