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Black Irish (2007)

R | | Drama | 20 April 2007 (USA)
A teenage boy longs to win the attention of his emotionally distant father.

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Joey
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Anthony
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Coach Mahoney
Scott Winters ...
Doctor
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Father Magruder
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Graves
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Maria
Michael McCarthy ...
Maria's Father
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Storyline

In South Boston, where Irish roots run deep and Catholic tradition reigns, two brothers face similar hardships but lead far different lives. While older brother Terry descends into drugs and crime, 16-year-old Cole vies to make the state baseball championships - but must struggle to withstand his brother's destructive influence. When the two inevitably clash in a life-and-death confrontation, family ties-and futures-are at stake. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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You can't choose family. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for some language and brief violence
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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,900 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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$6,900 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Goofs

When Tom Guiry goes to the Marine Corps recruiting office, he speaks with a Lieutenant, played by Kevin Chapman. Except, the Lieutenant is wearing enlisted Dress Blues (red piping on only enlisted uniform), not an Officer uniform. To make matters worse, the Dress Blue uniform hanging in the background is an Officer dress blue coat (without red piping), but then has enlisted chevrons sewn on the sleeve. So both uniforms are incorrect. See more »

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[last lines]
Cole McKay: [winds up and pitches with his father watching for the first time]
Umpire: Strike!
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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One of the best movies of the year
18 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you want a traditional story, with a main conflict, a villain, a hero, and a resolution, you may not enjoy this movie. But as an independent coming-of-age movie, I found it to be excellent.

The characters all demonstrate great depth, as other reviews have said. The acting is wonderful. This movie captures life - growing up - in south Boston. There is pregnancy. There is cancer. There is baseball. There is theft. But the movie is not about any one of those things. It is about humanity and living.

Other movies this year have done a better job in building tension. Other movies have been funnier. Other movies have included more commentary - a better moral - about human life. But no movie has captured the essential roller coaster of life better than this movie.

The twists, while not as shocking as others, are more real. The sadness of the movie comes in part from your familiarity with the situations. I highly recommend this movie and I hope you choose to watch it and enjoy it.


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