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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(

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

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Der blutige Pfad Gottes  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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[first lines]
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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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