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Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

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An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They didn't choose a life of crime. They came from it. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s. See more »

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In the scene where Brian is in the hospital after being shot outside of the bar he is yelling at the nurse because he wants more pain medication, there is a dry erase board above his head that says "no BP on left side" and he has a blood pressure cuff on his left arm. See more »

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Brian Reilly: Hey five grand is five grand.
Paulie McDougan: It's embarrassin!
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A Hidden Gem
8 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I started watching this film with no idea what it was about. I had added it to my Netflix queue a while back, and forgotten why. Right from the first scene, though, I knew I had found a hidden gem. According to Wikipedia, the movie premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released on a very small scale in December 2008 due to the collapse of its distributor, Yari Film Group. It is a straight- forward crime drama, showcasing the struggle of gangsters who want to change their lives. It is set apart, however, by the fact that it is based on Goodman's real life until the mid-1990s. Some guys deal with their demons with telling their story in a meeting…Goodman made a bad-ass movie about his…and Ruffalo, Hawke, and the rest of the cast (including Goodman) played the hell out of their roles.


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