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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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Father Magruder
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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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Two brothers, you can choose your dreams, but you can't choose family. See more »

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Rated R for some language and brief violence
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20 April 2007 (USA)  »

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$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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During the scene in the McKay's living room where the Father is comparing life to baseball while watching the game, the first shots of the game are the Red Sox playing at Yankee Stadium, while the later shots in the conversation show the Red Sox paying home at Fenway Park. See more »

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Desmond McKay: [Glances at the crucifix on the wall] What are you lookin' at?
[sitting on side of hospital bed]
Desmond McKay: Don't look too bad up there. Oh, no, looks peaceful... nice and quiet.
Desmond McKay: No disappointed wife, no kids driving you up the wall... ah, people admire you. How bout we switch? I'll go up on the cross, and you come down here and live in South Boston.
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In case you missed *the* under-rated flick of the year...
2 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a spectacularly well-paced and original drama with some incredible acting on both Angarano's and Guiry's parts. Some interesting cinematic techniques from time to time enhance the remarkable story-telling in this dark coming of age story. The bits of humor also help pull you in to a surprisingly authentic South Boston scenario. With a terrific and spirited cameo by Kevin O'Donnell, alongside a refreshing cast, the characters really outshine the stereotypes right down to the shrimp-stealing busboy. Great sets, a solid and occasionally edgy soundtrack, but what's most impressive is the strong story, which rescues you from the brink of a cliché' time and again. I happened to rent this just on word-of-mouth and can't stop reflecting on some of those haunting scenes. Think of this as a gritty Good Will Hunting with a lot more 'street cred'...and heart.


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