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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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Margaret McKay
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Anthony
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Graves
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Maria
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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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Drama

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Rated R for some language and brief violence
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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,900, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,900, 26 October 2007
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Tom Guiry, who portrays Terry McKay in this film also featured in another Boston Drama, Mystic River. He also starred in another film that heavily features baseball, The Last Home Run. See more »

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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Desmond McKay: How long we talking?
Doctor: It's hard to say. Have you put your affairs in order?
Desmond McKay: My affairs?
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Desmond McKay: Oh sure, doc, sure. Taxes all paid up, college fund all set up for all the kids. Margaret, she's a beneficiary on a huge insurance policy I've been contributing to since day one. Everything's squared away.
Doctor: You given any consideration to quitting drinking?
Desmond McKay: Why? So when I'm putting my affairs in order I can see how fucked up they are?
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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the south side of good living
25 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Problems are hurled at the McKay family as if they were in a batting cage with an endless supply of quarters and no bat. This South Boston Irish-Catholic family deals with the rock bottom side of life they best way they know how. Baseball quietly emerges as a rallying dynamic for the seemingly-defeated male McKays in this coming of age story. It has a lot of heart, and there's a lot to like here. My criticism is that there's too much misfortune for one 95 minute story - as if every stereotype in play today had to be included. It moved me nevertheless. I recommend it. It seems to have gone directly to DVD but should have enjoyed a stint in the theater first.


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