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Kill the Irishman (2011)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikey Mendarolo
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Grace O'Keefe
Jerry Merke
Art Sneperger
Keith Ritson
Jack Licavoli
Ellie O'Hara
Mike Frato (as Steven R. Schirripa)


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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Bulletproof Gangster  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Three actors in the film, Christopher Walken, Robert Davi and Mike Starr all attended Hofstra University on Long Island, New York. See more »


When Danny goes to confront the bikers, the song "You're a Prisoner" by Death was playing on the record player. Even though it was recorded in 1974, "You're a prisoner" was not released until 2009. See more »


Danny Greene: Don't rock the boat, Joe. You got a nice car, a nice home. When it comes to pushing, I'm the wrong guy you want pushing back.
Joe Manditski: Are you threatening me? 'Cause if there's a hint of that, badge or no badge, I will cut your heart out with a rusty butter knife and eat it while it's still beating.
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References Red River (1948) See more »


Written by Norman Chandler
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Very underrated.
5 May 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I'm not often writing critics on IMDb, but when i checked the page of this movie I was really surprised that there were so few reviews.

I must confess that I haven't heard anything about this movie before I read that there will be free theater screenings of "Kill the Irishman" in my hometown. As far as i know, the film also had a very limited theater release in the USA, which is a sad thing because this movie was surprisingly good and well-crafted and was one of the best films I've seen in the last months.

The film tells the true story of Danny Greene, a tough irish gangster - and let me tell you, it is definitely a story worth telling.

I guess many of you are informed about the story of Danny Greene, so i won't go further into the story.

The movie features an impressive cast including Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken and many other familiar faces known from other mob movies. Ray Stevenson gives an incredibly good performance as Danny Greene and manages to keep his character really violent, but also likable. This movie could give him a career boost for bigger roles.

The direction and the cinematography are very nice and i'm hoping this movie will enable Jonathan Hensleigh more work soon, because he's definitely a talented craftsman.

In some reviews i read that other people complained that this movie is just a ripoff of Goodfellas. That isn't true. The movie stands well on his own, despite featuring some actors known from Goodfellas, and wasn't that also the case in Shows like The Sopranos? Why complain about that? And last but not least, it IS a true story and who grows sick of seeing good mobster movies? Definitely not me.

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