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The Sunday Preview: From hostage to kidnapper, in one easy move

THE NEXT in our series of film previews for readers is a movie with a real difference: it's British. Or rather Anglo-Irish. It's The Crying Game, directed by Neil Jordan and produced by Stephen Woolley - the team that made Mona Lisa and The Company of Wolves. Stephen Rea (above), fresh from his stage success as a hostage in Someone Who'll Watch over Me, plays a kidnapper, an IRA man with a

conscience. Forest Whitaker is his hostage, a soldier. Miranda Richardson is Rea's accomplice; Jaye Davidson the soldier's girlfriend. The setting ranges from Belfast to Belgravia. The producers call the film 'a love story, a biting satire and an ingenious thriller'. Judge for yourself at our screening at the Curzon West End, next Sunday at 11am. A pair of tickets to the first 170 readers to send an SAE to: Jordan, Arts Desk, Independent on Sunday, 40 City Rd, London EC1Y 2DB. Unused stamps will be given to charity. The Crying Game (18) opens on 30 Oct at the Curzon West End, MGMs Trocadero and Fulham Rd, Camden Plaza and UCI Whiteleys.

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