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

Not Rated  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Jackson
Val Kozak
Willie 'The Clown' Jackson
Mary Mitchell
Ann Roberts
Billy Boyd
Cynthia Galant ...
Carolyn Boyd
Daniel Kash ...
War Veteran
Fiona Kordic
Bank Teller (Robbery 1)


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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Citizen Gangster  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$625 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$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 »


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 »


Doreen Boyd: Your dreams, you made them ours. And I believed you. I didn't think it would be like this, Eddie.
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Dry bread
10 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Okay, the movie is based on a true story (a fad nowadays, it seems), and it most certainly has its moments. But in general the entire flick lacks some panache. If it were a Canadian province, I'd say it's (northern) Manitoba on a Tuesday night.

While the main protagonist is portrayed rather decently, as well as his 'transformation' the rest of the movie is a bit stale and dry - I'd go so far to say clinically clean. Yeah, I get it, he's quite a normal guy, a victim of circumstance and all, trying to make ends meet and all. And I dig the story, but it's like eating a loaf of dry bread - you satisfy your hunger but without much joy. Personally I think the director (maybe as writer, too), tried a bit too hard to make it "arty" and forgot that a movie also should be entertaining, otherwise it's just bland ol' life. I'll keep the director in mind, maybe his next flick will be less Manitoba and more Québec.

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