After you’ve guzzled down a few pints of green beer tonight, if you’re looking for a fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day themed DVD to watch — do I have a treat for you!
State of Grace stars Sean Penn as Terry Noonan. He returns home to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, where he reunites with his best friend Jackie Flannery (Gary Oldman), who’s part of the Irish mob.
Let me stop right there and say this — Gary Oldman gives a scene-stealing performance in this film that, in my opinion, is the best of his career.
Add into the equation, the brilliant Ed Harris as mob boss Frankie Flannery, music by Ennio Morricone, a Saint Patrick’s Day parade, intense sequences that exemplify ratcheting tension… and you’ve got yourself one terrific gangster movie.
It’s made all the more amazing by the fact that not many people seem to have seen, or even heard about, this gem from 1990.
Anyone else out there seen this movie? Is there another St. Paddy’s Day movie that begs to be seen?