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Black Irish (2007)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Finn Curtin ...
Coach Mahoney
Scott Winters ...
Frank T. Wells ...
Father Magruder
Michael McCarthy ...
Maria's Father
Maria's Mother
Officer Pierce


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief violence


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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czarna lukrecja  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Officer: [Desmond has taken his son out of the station] Be easy on the boy. You don't want a second Terry.
Desmond McKay: [Angry and sarcastic] Right. Thanks for that enlightenment!
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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The most Sincere movie I've seen in many years . .
31 March 2010 | by (Boca Raton, FL) – See all my reviews

What an excellent movie. With surprises all around. It would have been so very easy to make this exactly what was expected of it - a mediocre Indie Drama about a typical dysfunctional American family, with this one happening to be Irish and from Southie. What we get instead is one that fell through the cracks, as it went right to DVD. The critics and distributors missed this one. Had someone besides the author believed in it and packaged it right - it would have been a hit. It is well written, well acted, with several unexpected turns toward the Light - by multiple characters facing their own dilemma. The kind of differences that separate the bland from the sublime. I'm speaking of subtleties not the spectacular. So if you go in looking for the spectacular - you'll miss the supernatural. Which is almost always, subtle. It even manages a happy ending, which is tricky at best with a story like this. Well done all.


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