State of Grace
Gangster Movies: (ca. 1990) Terry Noonan returns home to New York’s Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the local Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Soon Terry rekindles an old flame with Jackie’s sister Kathleen. As Terry more deeply embeds himself with the gang, his sense of loyalty to his friends and the woman he loves is put to the test.
The scene where Jackie introduces his girlfriend to Terry, music by the band ‘U2’ can be heard playing in the background. Director Phil Joanou previously directed their live concert film U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) and, later, their music video for the single “One.”
David Rabe did some uncredited work on the script.
Several incidents in the film are based on actual testimony given by captured mobsters. The meeting in the restaurant with the Italian mobster and the dead man’s hand sequences are based on the recollections of various New York gangs.
Another actor was originally cast in the part eventually played by Ed Harris. Harris had trouble accepting the role because he was still recovering from the injuries he suffered on the set of The Abyss (1989).
The word “fuck” and its variations are used 210 times in the film, which averages out to be approximately 1.6 times every minute.
Bill Pullman was originally cast as Frankie Flannery. He wasn’t working out and was replaced by ‘Ed Harris’.
On-screen brothers Gary Oldman and Ed Harris would both go on to play composer Ludqig von Beethoven. Oldman played the part in Immortal Beloved (1994), and Harris would play him in Copying Beethoven (2006).