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The Boondock Saints (1999)

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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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Thou shalt not kill. It's the one commandment they cannot keep. See more »


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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As teenagers, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell were both part of a musical ensemble known as Rocco and the Saints. See more »


When they attack the Russians in the alley, the shadows of a boom mic and of a crewmember's head fall are visible on the right-hand side of the screen. See more »


[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 »


References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Ahmedabab Theme
Composed by'Jack Arel' (as Arel)/Jean-Claude Petit (as Petit)
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Great (but not always new) ideas - great realization. Entertainment in the tradition of "Pulp Fiction".
15 August 1999 | by (Bonn, Germany) – See all my reviews

Preliminary remark: the comments refer to a pre-release version that was shown at the "Fantasy Film Festival" in Cologne, Germany, in August 1999.

"Boondock Saints" is a clever, funny, sufficiently violent movie with an overall high entertainment value. The story revolves around two Irish-American brothers and an excentric gay FBI agent (awesome: William Dafoe). The brothers - devout Catholics - who speak several languages fluently and work in a slaughterhouse find themselves equipped with money and weapons and subsequently start their very own crusade against the evil men of Boston - professional killers, mafia bosses and drug dealers. The agent is at their heels from the outset, but he has to realize that justice is on the side of the brothers...

This basic plot is the foundation for a highly energetic narrative: we get excellent and at times highly comic dialogues (with a high F***-word ratio), running gags, and lots of crazy situations and plot developments that are as absurd as they are funny. The action/shooting scenes are well-choreographed with a fine eye for the detail, but it's the main characters, their dialogues and developments around which the movie is develops rather than the action sequences.

On top of this, we get a fractured time/place structure that's already familiar from movies such as Kubrick's "The Killing" or Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs", but "Boondock Saints" takes it to new extremes - and thus it's fun to watch.

Of course, the characters are a bit shallow every now and then and one would love to learn more about their background, but that's only a slight criticism. Overall, and measured by its own intention, "Boondock Saints" is great entertainment. More, it doesn't need to be.

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