[[caption-width-right:300:The original [[Series/TheMightyBoosh great confuser]].]]

->Those eyes, those thighs,
->It's the Crying Gaaaaame!
->''I didn't order that!''
-->-- '''Billy Crystal''' ([[FilkSong to the tune of "The Tender Trap"]]), during his famous song-and-dance bit at the 1993 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]]

So you [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame want to know about]] ''The Crying Game''? The movie is best remembered for its [[ItWasHisSled now infamous]] plot twist, but there's more to it than that.

Fergus (Stephen Rea) is a grunt in [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles the IRA]]. He and his cell capture a British soldier stationed in Ireland, Jody (Creator/ForestWhitaker). They hold him hostage, hoping Britain will release one of their own in exchange for Jody's safety. If the British government refuses to comply, the IRA will execute Jody. Fergus is only supposed to guard the prisoner. He's not supposed to take his hood off. He's definitely not supposed to humanize Jody. Unfortunately, Fergus is at heart, a decent guy. He can't resist treating Jody humanely.

Over the next four days, Fergus and Jody get to know each other. Jody tells his captor about his girl back home, Dil. He even shows Fergus a picture in his wallet. He bemoans the fact that he might never see her again, and asks Fergus to look after her, should the worst befall him.

Of course, the order eventually comes down that Jody has to die. Fergus is slated for the task, but can't bring himself to do it, buying Jody a chance for escape...which gets him about as far as the nearest road where he's quickly run over by a tank. The British army has found the IRA hiding spot, it seems. Distraught, Fergus runs for it, fleeing both the British soldiers and his former comrades in arms.

Having no other course of action, Fergus makes his way to London to honor Jody's last request. He reinvents himself as Jimmy and finds Dil working as a hairdresser and sometime lounge singer. Though he means to tell her the truth about himself, he finds himself falling for her first. But, he's not the only one with a secret.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: David for Dil.
* ArcWords: The story of "[[TheFarmerAndTheViper The Scorpion and the Frog]]" near the beginning and at the very end.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: When Jody wants Fergus to tell him a story (after hearing he's set to die), the only thing Fergus can come up with is to quote from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians ("When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things").
* AteHisGun: Dil wants to, but Fergus won't let her.
* AwardBaitSong: Averted. "The Crying Game" wasn't original, so it wasn't eligible for an Academy Award.
* BadDreams: Fergus has them about Jody.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Jimmy:''' Have you ever picked up your teeth with broken fingers?
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Fergus is out of the IRA, but in jail. He and Dil seem to be together, though, even if it's a long distance relationship.]]
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler:"You didn't knock, bitch."]]
* CallBack: Dil has Fergus on the bed, with a translucent drape she enters through during their first intimate scene. [[spoiler:It's given a DarkReprise at the climax when Fergus is tied to the bed, and Dil enters through the same drape -- with a gun.]]
* CaptainObvious: Fergus is pretty slow on the uptake regarding Dil and who knew about this and that and so on.
* ChainedToABed: Dil ties sleeping Fergus to the bed with her black nylon tights.
* ChekhovsGun: A subtle one, when Jody forces Fergus to pull out his penis for him to urinate. [[spoiler: Considering Jody's girlfriend, the deliberate HoYay comes back thematically when Fergus' idea of sexuality is tested.]]
* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: The IRA wants Fergus to perform one of these.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: A tearjerking version, when Fergus sadly says to Jody's photo, "You should have stayed home."
%%* DecoyProtagonist: Jody.
%%* DistressedDude:
%%** Jody.
%%** Fergus
* DragonTheirFeet: Jude outlives Peter by a few minutes.
* FemmeFatale: Jude, ''especially'' when she goes raven-haired.
-->'''Jude:''' Fuck me, Fergus?... am I to take that as a "no"?
* FriendlyEnemy: It's strongly implied Fergus and Jody would have been bestest buddies had they not been IRA and British Army opponents.
* GenderBlenderName: Jody, Jude, and Dil.
* GenreShift: From a fairly manly action movie to a sympathetic look at gender issues. It still retains some violence and political intrigue though.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Jude is murderous when she's blonde, but she's saintly compared to when she goes dark-haired.
%%* HairTriggerTemper: Peter.
* HeroicSacrifice:
-->'''[[spoiler: Dil]]''': You're doing time for me. No greater love, as the man says. Wish you'd tell me why.
-->'''[[spoiler: Fergus]]''': [[TheFarmerAndTheViper As the man said, it's in my nature.]]
* HoneyTrap: The IRA gets Jody by sending one of these (played by Miranda Richardson) after him
* IfIDoNotReturn: Or rather "If they kill me". Jody's last will is for Fergus to find Dil out.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Implied to be the resolution for [[spoiler: Dil and Fergus]].
* ImportantHaircut: One for Fergus (though done off-screen) when he reinvents himself as Jimmy. Another for Dil when she has to go into hiding.
* InsistentTerminology: Dil continues to call Fergus loving terms [[spoiler: after TheReveal, to his consternation.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Dil, since Fergus takes the rap for her.]]
%%* LimaSyndrome
* MaleFrontalNudity: [[spoiler:Used for TheReveal.]]
* ManslaughterProvocation: Probably what [[spoiler: Fergus gets convicted of]].
* NotSoDifferent: Dil notes that Fergus has a former lover who is now a psychotic stalker, just like she did. [[spoiler:She doesn't know it's a little more ''political'' with Fergus.]]
* OneLastSmoke: Jody, and he doesn't even smoke in the first place.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Jude to Fergus.
-->'''Fergus:''' No way. I'm out.
-->'''Jude:''' ''(practically rolling her eyes)'' You're ''never'' out.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Dil on Jude.]]
* {{Scotireland}}: Northern Irish terrorist Fergus initially tells Londoner Dil that he is Scottish, and Dil appears to believe him. Possibly justified in that London has a wide variety of accents and Dil, being young and perhaps inexperienced, might not have known the difference.
* ShowerOfAngst: This famous post-revelation scene has been hearkened back to many times, most-famously spoofed in ''Film/AceVentura''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Jordan's earlier films ''Mona Lisa'' and ''The Miracle'', which are also about men (or in the case of ''The Miracle'', a teenage boy) falling in love with women who turn out to be not what they seem.
%%* StalkerWithACrush: Eddie.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: The film opens "When a Man Loves a Woman", and ends with "Stand By Your Man".
%%* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Dil.]]
* TakingTheHeat: [[spoiler:After Dil kills Jude--arguably in a fit of temporary insanity--Fergus tells her to leave the apartment. He watches her run across the back lot before wiping her fingerprints off the murder weapon, wrapping his own hand around the gun, and sitting down near Jude's body to wait for police.]]
* TitledAfterTheSong: Dave Berry's "The Crying Game", {{cover|Version}}ed by [[Music/CultureClub Boy George]].
* TitleDrop: The eponymous song is sung by Dil.
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: In the famous twist, Dil.]]
* TraumaticHaircut: Dil. [[spoiler: The last thing she wants to be is a boy again.]] The only way Dil agrees is that Fergus insists that he's doing it for love; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fToMiIveRss she still cries as her hair is cut.]]
-->'''Fergus''': Do anything for me?
-->'''Dil''': Anything... ''(Fergus starts to cut her hair)'' '''[[AnythingButThat NO WAY!]]'''
-->'''Fergus''': You said ''anything''.
-->'''Dil''': Girl has to draw the line ''somewhere''.
** To Dil's credit, she wears her newly shortened hair stylishly at the end. As always.
* UnrequitedLove: A major theme of the film.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: One of the most (in)famous examples in all of cinema. Fergus becomes violently ill and starts retching when he discovers that [[spoiler:Dil]] has a penis.
* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: Played with. When [[spoiler: the IRA comes after Fergus again]], he tries to get Dil to play along with this, since Jude has identified her as "the wee black chick". He puts her up in a hotel and cuts her hair, but his plan doesn't quite work out.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fergus gets one of these when it's time to kill Jody. He can't bring himself to do it.
** IronicEcho when [[spoiler: Dil]] wants to kill Fergus, but can't bring herself to do it, either.