Film / The Devil's Own

The Devil's Own is a 1997 action thriller film starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, and was directed by Alan J. Pakula, which would turn out to be the last film he made before his death a year after its release.

Frankie McGuire, an IRA assassin, escapes to New York in order to buy weapons, where he stays in the house of police officer Tom O'Meara, who is unaware of Frankie's true identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder.

Tropes seen in the film:

  • Arc Words: "It's not an American story - it's an Irish one."
  • Book Ends: The film begins and ends with a scene of two men on a boat, followed by someone getting shot and killed.
  • Freudian Excuse: Frankie's father was gunned down in front of him when he was eight years old.
  • Friend to All Children: Frankie gets along very well with all three of Tom's daughters.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted. Frankie remains on his feet for almost a minute after being shot, and stays alive and fully alert for another two minutes after he collapses before finally succumbing to his injury.
    • Also averted with Billy Burke, but played straight with Tom's partner.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: Frankie appears to be unharmed after engaging in a shootout... until his hands start shaking and he slowly collapses to a sitting position on the floor. His jacket is pulled open a few moments later to reveal a bullet wound in his side.
  • Officer O'Hara: Averted. Tom is of Irish decent, but he's not a native, doesn't have an accent, and doesn't display the behavior associated with the trope.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Brad Pitt is unable to maintain an Irish accent for more than a few words at a time. Even when he does manage to keep it going, it's not convincing.
  • Tempting Fate: Tom tells Frankie that despite carrying a gun for over twenty years, he's only fired it four times in the field and he's never shot anyone. Frankie then points out that when you pick up a gun, sooner or later someone's gonna get a bullet.
  • Token Romance: Between Frankie and Megan. It's a downplayed example, but still qualifies.