• Publication date: December 7, 2011

The Devil's Own

A police sergeant unknowingly harbors and befriends an Irish immigrant, but faces a conflict of interest when he discovers the man's militant background.

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 1997

MBC Max:

June 26, 2015 20:00 (KSA) ~ June 26, 2015 19:00 (CLT)

In the early 1970s Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) witnessed his father's assassination first hand, in the family's kitchen.  McGuire's dad was one activist of many calling for Ireland's succession from the United Kingdom.  Twenty years later Frankie has not forgotten that fateful day, and continues to support his father's cause.  He became an active member of the Irish Republican Army, and helped the group in numerous operations.  Handguns and rifles are no match against British surveillance helicopters and advanced weaponry though, so he heads to the United States to purchase Stinger missiles.

Judge Peter Fitzsimmons (George Hearn) is the young man's contact in America, who finds him temporary housing with a New York City police sergeant named Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford).  O'Meara is oblivious to Frankie's militant background, and offers to host McGuire while he gets acquainted with the city. 

To evade intelligence while in the States, Frankie assumes the alias Rory Devaney.  Fitzsimmons equips Rory with a handgun for protection, and a duffel bag full of cash to buy missiles from Michael Burke (Treat Williams), a shady arms dealer.  Burke and Devaney's relationship quickly sours when Frankie is forced to delay payment for the weapons, despite the dealer's huge investment in obtaining them.

Burke is unwilling to take no for an answer however, and sends three masked thugs with guns to Sergeant O'Meara's home, who terrify the entire family before being chased away by Devaney and Tom.  The sergeant immediately realizes that his guest has come to New York for more than sightseeing, and after some prodding Tom discovers Frankie's true intentions.

Now O'Meara is in an awkward position: Devaney has become a good friend, and indeed a part of the family, but the sergeant is sworn to uphold the law.  He sympathizes with the young man's past and principles, but not necessarily the IRA's violent tactics.  Tom faces an ethical dilemma where he must choose between loyalty to his friend, or his belief that violence is never the answer.

The Devil's Own was a commercial success, earning $140 million internationally, resulting in a $50 million profit after accounting for its $90 million budget.  The soundtrack features songs by Melissa Etheridge, The Righteous Brothers, The Hues Corporation and many more. 

Starring:

  • Harrison Ford
  • Brad Pitt
  • Margaret Colin
  • Ruben Blades
  • Treat Williams
  • George Hearn