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 »
After getting out of jail Danny makes a call from a wooden phone booth standing out on a corner. Phone booths of this type were only used indoors. Outside phone booths were aluminum. See more »
The Irish have this expression. He's a man you don't meet every day. That was Danny, alright.
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True story about the man the mob couldn't kill. Very entertaining and good mafia movie, great cast and acting. I say B
"If any of these maggots from the so-called mafia want to come after me, I'm not a hard man to find." This is the true story of Danny Greene (Stevenson), the man the mob couldn't kill. After an encounter with loan shark Shondor Birns (Walken) ends badly, a $25,000 price is put on his head. The mafia tries everything they can think of, but Danny will not go down without a fight. Being a huge fan of mafia movies, I was really looking forward to this one. While the movie is very good and entertaining, I was a little disappointed. The movie seemed to never keep up a steady pace. Some parts moved very quick and were fun to watch, then the next scene slowed it way down and didn't seem to have any impact. The cast however, makes this movie. There are too many stars to list here but there are about ten known actors that really make this movie as good as it is. If the cast was not what it was this would have been a really bad B movie, but as it stands it is a very entertaining movie to watch. On a side note Val Kilmer is not embarrassing to watch in this (unlike is last 4 or 5 movies). Overall a very good movie, but a tad disappointing. I give it a B.
Would I watch again? - I think I would.
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