Neil Jordan, director

The Crying Game (UK; 1992)

Original one sheet movie poster

Unconventional sexuality is characteristic of many of Neil Jordan’s films, including Breakfast on Pluto and the better known Interview with a Vampire.  In The Crying Game, Stephen Rea plays Fergus, a member of the Irish Republican Army, who becomes involved with Dil (Jaye Davidson), the girlfriend of a dead British soldier.  When she later reveals that she is biologically male, most filmgoers were as shocked as Fergus is in the film.  This surprise revelation of a transgendered character became a major element of the promotional campaign in the United States, and helped the film to become a box-office success, after it failed to find an audience in Britain.

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