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Southie (1998)

R | | Drama | 28 May 1999 (USA)
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South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of another. Written by Anonymous

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The toughest thing about South Boston is coming back See more »

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Some members of the film crew were arrested for trespassing while filming the train sequence at the beginning of the film. See more »

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During the singing of "Southie is My Hometown" the lyric "raised up on D Street" in the second verse is incorrect. The correct lyric is "raised up on B Street." See more »

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Mrs. Quinn: You're a good boy, Danny.
Danny Quinn: But being a good boy's not enough, you know. It's not gonna pay the bills.
Mrs. Quinn: Sweetheart, you've done enough. Don't worry.
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References Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) See more »

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The Shankill and The Falls
By Bap Kennedy
Courtesy of E-Squared Records, Inc.
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The Quinns of South Boston
19 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's too bad this independent production didn't have some of the advantages of a major studio. The camera work is mediocre and the sound level is just terrible in spots. I hope that the latter is the result of me having a bad VHS copy.

Southie is not the kind of film that the late Pat O'Brien would have appeared in. It's the story of the South Boston neighborhood, a rugged Irish enclave as seen through the eyes of Danny Quinn and his family. It certainly isn't all Irish charm and blarney.

Donnie Wahlberg, late of New Kids on the Block and older brother of Mark Wahlberg, is Danny Quinn. He's gotten in trouble with the son of one of the two local mob chieftains vying for control of the neighborhood. So he beat it to New York for a while and now he's back.

He tries to go straight, but because of the need for money due to his mom's heart condition, young Quinn gets involved again in illegal activities. His old enemy is still around and leads to a whole lot of tragedy.

This was obviously a labor of love for Wahlberg as that's where he and the other New Kids on the Block sprang from. Too bad his neighborhood wasn't better photographed.

Lawrence Tierney as the old mob boss from South Boston and Anne Meara as Wahlberg's mother give strong performances.

This was all under the direction of John Shea, better known as Lex Luthor, from Lois and Clark. Too bad he didn't have better production values in what could have been a great film.


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