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I edited this synopisis from IMDB to remove some possible spoilers:

 

"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 Irish mob run by his brother Frankie."

 

Noonan is Sean Penn, Oldman plays Jackie and Frankie is played by Ed Harris.

 

-j

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His directorial debut Nil by Mouth, though a film in which he does not star, is also brilliant. I believe Sony released it to DVD in the US/Canada late last year (I need to look into getting it for myself actually as I don't buy domestic R2 releases).

 

Oldman also wrote the screenplay which is based a fair bit on his youth in growing up in South London under the shadow of his alcoholic father. It is slow at times, building as it progresses, and is a VERY brutal and personal film that I think took an awful lot out of him, but I think it's the best British film to have come out of the 90s.

 

He's fabulous in anything he does. Even in garbage like Lost in Space and Fifth Element, he never ceases to shine.

 

Daniel

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Thanks for the clarification, guys. I'll have to check it out. I never did see The Professional, but the reason eludes me. I've been meaning to see it, but I can never remember come time for rental night.

 

I loved his character in True Romance, brief as it was. Something about him just exudes insanity and malice. Of course, there is always Brahm Stoker's Dracula.

 

Even if I didn't enjoy the first two Harry Potter films I would certainly watch Prisoner of Ahzkaban for his role alone.

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