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Citizen Gangster (2011)
"Edwin Boyd" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  27 April 2012 (USA)
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WWII vet Eddie Boyd is torn between providing for his young family and an unfulfilled dream of becoming a Hollywood star. He discovers a way to do both, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy.

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Based on a real WWII vet and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post war circumstances, Eddie Boyd is torn between the need to provide for his young family and an unfulfilled dream to head to Hollywood to become a star. He discovers a way to do both, robbing banks Hollywood style, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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Gangster. Media darling. Model citizen.

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Crime | Drama

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27 April 2012 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$625 (USA) (27 April 2012)

Gross:

$625 (USA) (27 April 2012)
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The historic archive footage of Lorne Greene reporting on the Boyd Gang was the the very first telecast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television network (CBC-TV). See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in 1950 Edwin and his wife watch a newsreel projected in a wide-screen format that wasn't introduced until 1953. See more »

Quotes

Detective Rhys: [on catching Boyd] You made my wife a happy woman.
Eddie Boyd: Is she a fan?
Detective Rhys: No. I get to go home early for a change.
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Howlin' For You
Written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick J. Carney (as Patrick Carney)
Performed by The Black Keys
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bland
13 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Handsomely shot, with a slick, cold style, this movie plays out like a made for TV production with (slightly) better production values. As a non-Canadian who always sees a lot of Canadian films while attending the Toronto Film Festival, I just couldn't bring myself to care about this lead character. Played by the solid but ultra-bland Scott Speedman (who is looking more and more mature but whose handsomeness is wearing thin), we follow the adventures and travails of a famous Canadian historical personage. But "Bonnie and Clyde" this is not. On the contrary the movie suffers from a lack of zest, a lack of energy. Speedman is nice to look at but he brings no sense of urgency to anything he does. I know it's a stretch, but compare this to Warren Beatty, who was the very definition of a sex icon but who brought a goofy, affable, ever-so-slightly psycho charm to his Clyde Barrow. We get none of that here. Not even close. On the plus side I enjoyed some of the minor characters and for a first film it's reasonably well directed. BUT...and this is a big "but"...there is a deficit of real drama. This genre has been done so well by so many A-list directors and actors that a minor entry into the realm just isn't enough. I'm adding a star because I think this director could have a future but I don't see this film traveling south of its Canadian audience, nor does it deserve to. And truth be told I don't think most Canucks will care either. The film doesn't give them a good enough reason to, and this, above all, is its failing.


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