Crying Game, The

Date: 1992
Director: Neil Jordan
Production Company: Palace Pictures, Channel Four Films, Eurotrustees

Stars: Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Adrian Dunbar, Breffini McKenna, Jaye Davidson
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, County Armagh (Northern Ireland), County Meath (Ireland), London

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A British soldier is kidnapped by terrorists and befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier’s world.

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The film opens with a travelling fair seen through a railway bridge. This is to the south of Laytown with Alverno House and buildings on Strand Road (Bóthar na Trá) in the background. County Meath, Ireland.

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Panning from image cryga001 brings the big wheel into view. The fairground stands on land at the mouth of the River Nanny. Laytown, County Meath.

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A drunk Jody (Forest Whitaker) walks with Jude (Miranda Richardson) through the rides and stalls. Alverno House stands in the background.

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The British soldier leads the Irish woman towards a makeshift toilet as she turns and spots Fergus. River Nanny to the left and the railway bridge in the background.

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Jody takes Jude away from the fair. Under the bridge that carries the Belfast to Dublin railway line.

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After ambushing the couple, Fergus Hennessy (Stephen Rea) and his gang kidnap Jody. The railway bridge over the River Nanny in Laytown. the footbridge has been removed and replaced with a new one east of the bridge.

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Jude makes her way from the scene. The banks of the River Nanny.

Jody is driven away to the gang's safe house. Newry Road facing Carrickasticken Road and the junction with Larkfield Road, Forkhill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

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Slightly off angle as rain and high winds hampered the shot. (PW)

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Fergus gets out of the car to help bundle Jody into the derelict cottage.

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With a bag over his head, the captive is lead towards a greenhouse where he tells Fergus of his special friend Dil.

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Fergus makes his way to England after Jody escapes and is killed by British troops as they raid the cottage. The ferry is passing North Bull Lighthouse outside Dublin Harbour.

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Having taken the name Jimmy, Fergus looks from the building where he is working. The spire of All Saints church is seen across Blackheath from Dartmouth Terrace, London SE10.

After the days work is done, Fergus heads to his lodgings. Crispin Street with Spitalfields Market on Brushfield Street in the right distance.

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Needs a cloudier day. Once a women's refuge and opposite is Millers Court, E1, a Jack the Ripper site before it was covered by a carpark. SJ

Fergus enters the hostel. St Crispin's shelter on Crispin Street E1. The back of the building was seen in 'Omen III: The Final Conflict' and 'Nightbirds'.

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A more up to date shot of Lilian Knowles House, 50 Crispin Street. Behind me, White's Row carpark, seen in B Monkey, has now disappeared. And the street has been "treed" and "rebollarded" SJ

An establishing shot of Millie's Hair Salon where Dil works. Fournier Street, London E1.

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How it looked in about 2005. SJ

Fergus follows Dil from the salon after work. The corner of Coronet Street and Boot Street in N1. The location features in 'Their Finest', 'Nuns on the Run' and 'Blue Ice'.

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Another one from the archives. SJ

Dil (Jaye Davidson) pushes Dave (Ralph Brown) away as he pursues her outside 'The Metro' bar. The junction of Coronet Street and Boot Street.

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The Metro was visible on the right side for quite a while. This improves the angle of my 21/2/14 effort. SJ

Fergus follows as Dil takes Dave back to her flat. The west side of Hoxton Square, London N1.

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Now. SJ

The pair are watched by Fergus as they enter the building. Hoxton Square in Shoreditch.

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About here: the railings have been changed and the gardens replanted. SJ

Lights come on in the flat. Hoxton Square.

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The flat is on the third floor. SJ

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Fergus works whilst he remembers Jody and his dying wish that Dil is looked after. Dartmouth Terrace SE10.

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On another evening, after meeting in The Metro, Dil is escorted home by the man she now knows as Jimmy.

Whilst walking one night, Dil asks if Jimmy wants a 'special friend' as Dave drives towards them. Hoxton Square looking towards Coronet Street.

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Just a white building redesign at the end of the street, otherwise much the same. SJ

Dave pulls over after almost running Dil and Jimmy down. The south side of Hoxton Square.

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The postbox seen in the "then" has moved out of sight to across the road. SJ

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Dil appears at the window after taking the workman's lift up to where Jimmy is working. Blackheath seen from Dartmouth Terrace.

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Cat calls are heard as Dil leaves after Jimmy has escorted her down in the lift. Dartmouth Terrace SE10.

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A car is heard as Dil and Jimmy talk before he returns to the hostel where he finds Jude waiting.

After being told that he was court-martial in his absence, Jimmy returns to the hair salon where he finds Dil cutting Jude's hair. Fournier Street, London E1. The street was seen in 'The London Nobody Knows'.

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The same location now, with Christ Church as the backdrop. (PW)

In a cab, a suspicious Dil follows Jude and Jimmy after he's taken away by car from outside The Metro. Coronet Street with Boot Street to the left.

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The bar was closed for ages and fly posters took over. An update and improvement on the 21/2/14 post. SJ

In return for clemency, Fergus is asked to do a 'job'. Facing Eaton Place from Chesham Street in SW1.

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The lamppost has gone but the postbox is still there. SJ

Fergus bumps into a Judge (Bryan Coleman), the target. Facing Chesham Street from Eaton Place.

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Now: looks like the ex-pub gained a storey and a columned doorway. SJ

After he returns to Jude who was watching from a nearby bar, the two part company. Outside the Lowndes Arms, Chesham Street in Belgravia.

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I remember enjoying a drink here in days bygone. SJ

With Dil wearing Jody's cricket gear, Jimmy leads her to a small hotel for safety. Crestfield Street in WC1 facing Euston Road.

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Opposite King's Cross before its development. SJ

On the day of the hit, Jude is picked up by Maguire. South Kensington station as seen from Pelham Street in SW7.

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No change. SJ

Maguire and Jude wait in the car but Fergus hasn't arrived on the scene. The Lowndes Arms on Chesham Street in SW1. The pub closed in the late 1990s.

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Apparently Alec Guinness joined in the protests against its closure. 37 Chesham Street. SJ

A near collision as the pair drive around, waiting. The junction of Chesham Street and Eaton Place.

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Could be tighter. SJ

The Judge leaves the building, and still no sign of Fergus. Eaton Place.

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100 Eaton Place. SJ

Police soon arrive after Maguire carries out the 'execution' in Fergus' absence.

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This one kept us guessing for a while as the focus was on Belgravia. But it's Pimlico looking south-east down Denbigh Street from the intersection with Charlwood Street, SW1. SJ

After shooting Jude when she arrives at the flat, Dil runs from the building before the police arrive and arrest Fergus. Hoxton Square, London N1.

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Being not quite the right height for an aerial view, Peter took this from ground level, wondering why the public space had become a van park!