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Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy (2004)
"Irish Eyes" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Action  |  22 July 2004 (USA)
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"Irish Eyes" explores the relationship between two Irish-American brothers in Boston born to immigrant parents and raised in a rough, working class Irish neighborhood. After watching their ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Phelan
Thomas Phelan
Kevin Kilpatrick
Walter Learning ...
Malcolm Little
Lorraine Healey
Paul Keaton
John Phelan
Anne Phelan
Jack McGuire
Dion DeRizzo ...
Frankie Scalli
Angelo Zagliardi
Jimmy Verrelli
Doug Sutherland ...
Veronica Carpenter ...
Erin Phelan


"Irish Eyes" explores the relationship between two Irish-American brothers in Boston born to immigrant parents and raised in a rough, working class Irish neighborhood. After watching their father being gunned down in front of their eyes as children, Thomas and Sean Phelan grow up building their lives on opposite ends of the law. Thomas, the studious and responsible brother, creates a better life for himself through education and hard, honest work. Eventually, he builds a successful career as a US Attorney. Sean, the more rebellious of the two, gets caught up in a life of crime and rises through the ranks to become the head of the Irish Mob. Spanning from post World War II during the late 1950's through the Irish Mob wars of the 1970's and culminating in their adulthood in the 1990's, the story is set to the backdrop of backroom politics and the realities of the Irish Mob and it's gang wars. The theme of the film simultaneously addresses the similarities between the two factions of law... Written by Julian Valdes

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22 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Irish Eyes Are Crying  »

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3 November 2004 | by (Kansas) – See all my reviews

'Irish Eyes' or 'Vendetta' is an action-packed crime-drama that follows two Irish-American brothers in Boston from childhood to adulthood as they rise to power on opposite sides of the law.

The story begins in 1955 at a shipyard in South Boston. John Phelan, a burly dock worker with a thick Irish brogue, argues with two Mafioso over the strongarm tactics of the Italian-controlled union. The altercation turns physical and John, an adept pugilist, sends his enemies away limping. The following morning John kisses his wife and sons goodbye. As he exits the house, bullets rip through his chest as the two mobsters casually walk away. SEAN (Daniel Baldwin) and THOMAS (John Novak) watch as their father lies dying in the street.

Eight years later, Sean and Thomas have taken completely different paths in life. Thomas studies with ambitions to make something of his life while Sean hangs out on street corners and dabbles in petty crime. Thomas eventually leaves for college and Sean, after a botched bank robbery attempt, winds up in prison.

The early 1980s: Sean Phelan is fresh out of jail. Irish gang wars have bloodied the streets, and like a moth to a flame, Sean soon finds himself climbing the ranks of Boston's Irish mob. Meanwhile, Thomas is just as hungry for power and recognition on his side of the law. Now a District Attorney, Thomas is mentored by his father in law, Jack McGuire, a man with enough clout to help Thomas rise through the ranks of city politics.

Their paths eventually cross in an unfogettable way as they're both forced to make decisions that will change their lives forever.

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