“Looks like it’s time to kick some Guinea ass.”

–Gary Oldman as Jackie Flannery

Ask any hardcore Gary Oldman fan what their favorite on-screen performance is, and most won’t have to think twice– the loveable, loyal, lunatic Jackie Flannery in State of Grace. Directed by Phil Joanou (Rattle and Hum), released quietly in 1990, and largely overshadowed by another epic gangster flick that hit theaters that same week– Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Due largely to Oldman’s mesmerizing performance (one of the finest actors of our time), today State of Grace is considered by many mobster movie fans to rank up there with the best of the best.

Gary Oldman as badass Irish gangster Jackie Flannery in 1990’s “State of Grace”

Sean Penn, Gary Oldman and John C. Reilly in “State of Grace”

Gary Oldman as Jackie Flannery in “State of Grace”

Sean Penn and Gary Oldman in “State of Grace”

Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn in “State of Grace”

Gary Oldman as Jackie Flannery in “State of Grace”


  1. This movie was a big deal to me and my friends because of the Irish aspect. There were a lot of Italian gangster movies and this movie was the exception to the norm.

  2. I’ve been singing the praises of this film since I first saw it in the early 90s. A criminally underrated flick.

    Ugh…pardon the pun.

  3. this was one of my favorites growing up. thank you for reminding me about it. this blog has everything i love.

  4. What zamm said. One of my all-time favorites, sadly unknown by many. And absolutely Gary Oldman’s masterpiece.

  5. “Feeling a bit f****d up. Gonna ask Frankie for a couple of days off.”

    Also the movie where Robin Wright first hit the big screen (as far as I remember anyway)

    Memorable days and easily one of the best movies ever.

    Anyone see Gary in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead with Tim Roth? Another classic.

  6. Some great interior shots at Fannelli’s, and also the few blocks right around Price + Mercer. That corner is now the Mercer Hotel, Prada, L’Occitaine (something else now…) and Fannelli’s. 21 years ago it was all boarded up, and Prada was a huge empty loft. Wow…

  7. AMAZING FILM – accurately captures the seediness of the old Hell’s Kitchen (not that new place “Clinton”)

  8. Tiptoes is his greatest role playing the dwarf twin brother of Matthew McConaughey. Seriously, look it up. Gobsmacking filmmaking.

  9. Thanks for reminding me of this criminally neglected movie, check out Serge Bodrov’s I Wanted to See Angels and Edouard Niermans Killing Time aka Angel Dust for two more great yet all but forgotten crimes films @1990

  10. Fantastic film , fantastic performance. I have been singing the praises of Mr. Oldman for sometime its good to know that there are others out there who can appreciate the mans talent. keep doing what your doing boss.

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