The Devil’s Own

Directed by Alan J. Pakula, Written by David Aaron Cohen, Patrick Vincent and Kevin Jarre, Produced by Lawrence Gordon and Robert F. Colesberry

An IRA killer, Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt), is sent to New York where, under a false name, he is to buy weapons for use in Northern Ireland. A pro-IRA judge arranges for him to stay in the home of a local police officer (Harrison Ford), who knows nothing of McGuire’s true identity. Here, the two develop a bond, but trouble is not far away when Ford’s character begins to suspect his house-guest. 107 min, colour.

Brad Pitt wanted to drop out of the production, but was threatened with a huge lawsuit (rumoured to be more than $60million). In the February 2, 1997, issue of Newsweek, Pitt called the film ‘a disaster’ and said that ‘it was the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking - if you can even call it that - that I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe it’. Rumors of discord on the set plagued the production. The original script was discarded and there were at least seven subsequent rewrites.

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David Aaron Cohen, Patrick Vincent, Kevin Jarre


Alan J. Pakula


Lawrence Gordon, Robert F. Colesberry


Harrison Ford - Tom O’Meara

Brad Pitt - Rory Devaney / Francis Austin McGuire

Margaret Colin - Sheila O’Meara

Ruban Blades - Edwin Diaz

Treat Williams - Billy Burke

George Hearn - Peter Fitzsimmons

Mitch Ryan - Chief Jim Kelly

Natascha McElhone - Megan Doherty

Paul Ronan - Sean Phelan

Simon Jones - Harry Sloan

Julia Stiles - Bridget O’Meara

Ashley Carin - Morgan O’Meara

Kelly Singer - Annie O’Meara

David O’Hara - Martin MacDuf

David Wilmot - Dessie

Rob McElhenney - Kevin

Debbon Ayer - Guide

Mario Polit - Young Dominican

Chance Kelly - Market burglar

Greg Stebner - Uniformed cop

William Paulson - Detective

Bill Hoag - Trucker

Victor Slezak - FBI Agent Evan Stanley

Damien Leake - FBI Agent Art Fisher