In the winter of 2005, the final bloody war between the fading Irish and Italian mobs of Boston took place, a mass slaughter that would change America's underworld forever. Showing both sides in an equal light with neither as a clear-cut "hero" or "villain" group, the film is a cold examination of how quickly pride, anger, and desperation can tear a city apart. The Winter Hill Gang has been a mere shadow of its former self since its now-infamous leader Whitey Bulger went on the run from the FBI in 1995. A few years later the Charlestown-based faction struck out on its own, and the two groups fought on and off again for some time until an uneasy ceasefire was called. Times are tough in a city where the working class they prey upon are replaced by increasing numbers of students and yuppies, and so when the latest boss Sean catches wind of an Italian heroin deal, he sees a chance to help bring the organization back to its earlier heights. While some are skeptical or nervous about such ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Many of the character names in the film are references to history, traditional music, and pop culture: -Molly Finn gets her first name from the Celtic rock band Flogging Molly. -Sergio "The Director" is clearly named after the Italian director, but the Leone family is also a reference to the video game Grand Theft Auto 3
(2001). -Fancy Dan is named after an obscure Spider-Man villain and the infamous Medici family from Renaissance-era Italian politics. -Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno is the name of an infamous Mafioso stoolpigeon. -Mikey Killeen takes his surname from the Killeen brothers of Boston's Irish Mob Wars of the 1960s. -Dion Moran takes the first and last names of two members of Chicago's Prohibition-era Northside Mob: Dion O'Banion and George "Bugs" Moran. -Ed "Zeppelin" Battimo takes his name from the rock band Led Zeppelin. -Alphonse Machiavelli clearly takes his name from the infamous author of "The Prince." -Silvio Manfredi is the real name of the Spider-Man supervillain Silvermane. -Tony Lupino is named after one of the bosses from the computer game Max Payne
(2001). -Fry McFly takes his names from the lead characters of the television show Futurama
(1999) and the Back to the Future
(1985) film series. -Speranza "Snakes" Zilioni takes his nickname from the fake gangster movie made for the film Home Alone
(1990). -Slaughter O'Toole is a name taken from the traditional Irish song "The Irish Rover." -Il Mercenario's name is taken directly from the title for A Professional Gun
(1968). -Big Joe Vanzetti and Frankie "Shades" Sacco take their names from the famous Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. -Dublin O'Shea is the name of the titular character from the traditional Irish song. -Spike O'Donnell was the name of another Prohibition-era Irish mobster from Chicago, and was similar in name to the South Boston Irish gangster Spike O'Toole. -Tim Finnegan was the name of the corpse from the traditional Irish song "Finnegan's Wake." -The Fallon Brothers are named after the criminal Fallon from the Daredevil comics. -Bobby "Jaws" Killane takes his nickname from the famous henchmen of the Roger Moore Bond films. -Dicey Riley takes his name from a song by the Tossers, another Celtic rock band. -Blackie Flanagan takes his first name from the obscure Spider-Man villain Blackie Gaxton. -William "The Kid" McBride's name comes from the traditional Irish song "The Green Fields Of France." -Vitale's bodyguard Pietro "Mustache Pete" Morricone takes his nickname from the 'Mustache Petes,' a group of Old World Italian gangsters who immigrated to America during the early 20th Century, and his surname from the famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone
, who scored many of Sergio Leone
's films. See more
Ed 'Zeppelin' Battimo
Where the fuck did I put it?
Ed 'Zeppelin' Battimo
My zippo. I go through more of these things than you'll fuckin' believe.
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