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The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

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The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Based on the true story of Danny Greene the man the mob couldn't kill


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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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11 May 2012 (Mexico)  »

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Bulletproof Gangster  »

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$145,430 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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$1,187,711 (USA) (24 June 2011)
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Trivia

'Tommy Reid' noted that getting mobster Danny Greene's story on film took 12 years. Reid, a native of New Jersey, says he learned about Greene while a student at Ohio State University. Reid went on to buy the options to the book by Rick Porrello titled "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia," on which the film is based. See more »

Goofs

In a wide shot of the alley shown before Danny talks to the gamblers, a skyscraper with a brightly-lit DTE Energy sign at its pinnacle is visible in the background. DTE Energy didn't exist until 1995, 20 years or so after the scene takes place. See more »

Quotes

Tony Salerno: What the hell is going on out there? This is one guy, you can't take care of it?
Jack Licavoli: We've shot him, we've blown him up! I mean, nothing we do seems to matter with this guy!
Tony Salerno: Eight times you tried to get this mick cocksucker, eh? What are you doing? Where's your men? Where's Brancato?
Jack Licavoli: Watching the city.
Tony Salerno: Watching the city? Might as well *give* the city to this mick prick!
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References Red River (1948) See more »

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I'M GONNA KEEP ON LOVING YOU
Written by Norman Whiteside, William Gilbert and John Primm
Performed by Kool Blues
Courtesy of Numero Group by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Kill an Irishman- Based on a true story but even that is a half-truth
9 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The author of the book in which the movie is based has a unique insight, he's a cop, his family was part of the old "mustache pete" mafia. the book and the movie, demonstrate in realistic detail just how far the Mafia has declined in the post golden era of the 50s and 60's. One Irishman, with the help of an old Mafia associate, showed the world just how incompetent the mob had become in Cleveland and elsewhere. The movie deftly shows that level of incompetence.

Ray Stevenson does a credible job as Irish Danny Green and Vincent D'Onforio is even better as the conflicted John Nardi. Christopher Walken is barely visible as Shonder Burns. Tony Lo Bianco does a great job of a weak, indecisive mob boss who just can't get it right.

The movie is burdened with low production value, but the story is true. And the life they highlight deserves low production value. Anyone who compares this to Goodfellows or the Soprano's is out of touch.


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