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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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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

One of the first bar scenes has 2 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 »

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John Nardi: From now on, your enemies are my enemies.
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I'M GONNA KEEP ON LOVING YOU
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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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