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
Danny Greene became such a folk hero in Cleveland that a young admirer penned a ballad in his honor. It reads in part, "...They shot him down and blew him up With most regular persistence. Through guile and luck and skill, Danny Greene is with us still. Some day he'll die, as all we must, Some will laugh but most will cry. His legend will live on for years, To bring his friends mixed pleasure, For he has done both bad and good, And lived his life full measure." See more »
One of the first bar scenes has two men sitting at the bar with Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles. Both bottles have UPC bar codes on the labels. UPC labeling wasn't used until the 1980s and later. See more »
[Narrating about Danny Greene]
It was only a matter of time before he started hanging out at the Theatrical Grill. Every town's got a Theatrical. The one place where crooks and cops sit side by side.
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Review by Ruby: If you are reading this, you have probably read the background info about The Irishman Danny Greene and his Italian buddy John Nardi who worked and broke the law many times over in the streets of Cleveland throughout the 1970s. In addition to Greene and Nardi, many of the cast members were familiar "mob types," and testosterone was practically flying off the screen in the midst of bravado, fistfights, gunfire, and countless explosions. But there was an actual story to follow also, so it offered more substance than much of the drivel that manages to run in the theatres today.
Even though they were gangsters, Greene and Nardi were surprisingly likable charactersfor killers, that ismostly because of the charismatic acting of the two leads, Ray Stevenson and Vincent D'Onofrio. The supporting characters were interesting also, including the talents of Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Steve Schirripa, Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, and Mike Starr.
Interspersed with the actors' scenes were actual clips of film footage from local newscasts of the day, which added authenticity and a touchstone to the amazing story that unfolded in Cleveland some 30-40 years ago.
I highly recommend "Kill the Irishman" as an action-packed, escapist, period piece, featuring superior acting and excellent film editing. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 100+ minutes!
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