The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and Sean in danger. An upstart is pressuring the local mob boss, who's Fran's protector; Sean's wife, who thinks she's a widow, has gotten on with her life, but Sean has come back for her. The parish priest, part of the initial deception, is frightened. Bad guys with guns are closing in. Can Fran get Sean and his wife out of the city, avoid a war between rival factions, and hold onto new-found morality? Will the cross of ashes on his forehead protect him? Written by
In the beginning, three years after the opening shooting, when a group of guys are at the bar, one comments on how Dolly Parton was on Johnny Carson last night. Dolly Parton didn't appear on the Tonight Show in the 1980s until 1986. See more »
What do you need a formal invitation? Get in the fucking car!
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What a dud! Even the tiniest actions in this movie are telegraphed in the plot. There's no sympathy for any of the characters - they're vicious murderers who are, at times, so stupid that it's a miracle they've survived to adulthood (i.e. making your great escape leaving your wallet behind or dressing in the coat & hat of the person every thug in Hell's Kitchen is looking to kill). I wish I had those 2 hours of my life back - I'd watch grass grow or paint dry instead.
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