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White Irish Drinkers (2010)

 -  Drama  -  25 March 2011 (USA)
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Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.

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It's early autumn of 1975 in Brooklyn and 18-year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is killing time, pulling off petty crimes with his street tough older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor), whom he both idolizes and fears. He doesn't really want to be a criminal, but he doesn't share the dreams of his old friends from their working class neighborhood either. They all yearn for the culturally approved 9-to-5 Civil Service jobs with benefit packages that will carry them through weekends of beer into lazy retirement. Brian doesn't want to end up in a soul-numbing job like his buddies, but he's sure he doesn't want to be like his best friend Todd (Zachary Booth) either. Todd has betrayed their blue-collar roots by accepting a scholarship to college. But Brian has a secret -- he's a talented artist. In the basement of the bagel shop beneath his parent's apartment, he creates impressionistic charcoal and watercolor images of the stifling city that surrounds him. When he puts on his headphones and ... Written by Official site

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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To see beyond the moment
7 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During these challenging times, when life seems so overwhelming, so hopeless, so unable to change tracks or make different choices, a film like this can touch someone at a level so deep, that personal movement becomes possible again.

There are a few creative people on this planet, who when they take action, I KNOW they have a message I need and want to hear. John Gray is one of those people. When I saw the cast and crew for this production, I knew that it was even more important to hear this message, that ALL these creative professionals, signed on to co-create, for much more then a monetary reward.

One of the challenges that has happened to the humans in the US, is that over time, we have lost or given up those important rites of passages, during which "today, I take a different path." (become a different person, live a different life)... Even more importantly, to not leave that path, give up on the vision, abandon the dream, no matter the enticements of an easier "way", faster rewards, or even,~ sometimes, to just stop being the outcast, the outsider, the misfit, and to finally break the mold and the legacy, is both something the viewers can identify with AND connect to on an emotional level.

A story like this can help keep that spark of hope alive long enough, to survive, thrive and become a light (in turn) for others as John Gray, and those who share his path have become, if only it can be distributed out to those who desperately need to hear, see and feel the heart of stories like this one!


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