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
Due to budget limits and to add to the realism to the movie, the director and producers chose to use real news clips from the Cleveland area from the actual events that took place in the movie. See more »
St. Malachi's Church in Cleveland is spelled with an 'i,' not a "Y" as shown in the movie. See more »
You got a pair of balls, let me tell ya. Two million dollars? Two million dollars? You're not gonna pay back the 70 thousand you borrowed, why should I lend you two million dollars?
To get rid of me.
To get rid of you? I'd get rid of you with one spic outside for a hundred dollars, what the fuck are you talking about?
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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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