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Kill the Irishman (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  11 May 2012 (Mexico)
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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
Ray Ferritto
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 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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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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Danny goes to talk to Mike about joining the union, there's a segment where Mike is talking about his kids. You see his son wearing Converse One Star basketball shoes. Converse One Stars weren't debuted until 1974. This scene takes place in 1971. See more »


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 »


Written by Norman Chandler
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User Reviews

An exciting ride!!
8 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 characters—for killers, that is—mostly 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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