Queuing For The Crying Game

A beguiling British film has U.S. moviegoers talking -- and keeping mum about the surprise

SECRETS AREN'T WORTH MUCH IN this era of tabloid papers and tell-all television. They certainly aren't worth keeping. But a million or so American moviegoers have a secret they want to hoard every bit as much as they want to share it. Millions more, tantalized by friends' cryptic hints, are eager to get in on it. The source is a British film called The Crying Game, about an IRA man who becomes beguiled by the black sweetheart of a soldier he had held hostage. And the secret? Only the meanest critic would give that away, at least initially.

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