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The Boondock Saints (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  19 November 1999 (Denmark)
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Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.

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Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. Written by KevinYang(meowdragon@hotmail.com)

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The MacManus Brothers aren't angels, they're just sent from heaven to make life a hell for all sinners See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The aria played during Smecker's investigation of the two Russians is from Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme". The title of the aria is "Mi Chiamano Mimi". See more »

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The position of Connor's legs as he is laying on the ground after saving Murphy from being shot changes a few times as Murphy is searching the dead Russian. See more »

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[first lines]
Mackiepenny: Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, the glory, now and forever. Amen.
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Clips of people being interviewed about their opinions on "the saints" are shown while the credits roll. See more »

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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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The Blood of Cuchulainn
Composed by Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna
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The Saints Come Marching In!
21 August 2003 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

The Boondock Saints is one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in my years of watching indies, and it proves conclusively that you don't need a massive budget to do a terrific action film!

Two blue-collar Boston Irish brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, who are both terrific!) rid their favorite pub of an influx of Russian gangsters, and soon decide they are on a Mission from God to execute all the 'heavy hitter' criminals from the city. While this makes them local heroes, it also sets sympathetic detective Willem Dafoe on their trail.

The story is reminiscent of the 'Death Wish' series, without the glossy superficiality of the Bronson films. At times funny, at times disturbing, it never loses momentum, with a twist ending is both satisfying and thoroughly insane!

While the violence is graphic, the story is character-driven, and never allows the executions to overwhelm the plot. You actually like the brothers, and may be hard-pressed NOT to root for them, even if you do feel a bit guilty about it!

The Boondock Saints is a fabulous film, one that deserves your attention!


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