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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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1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Lenny Jackson
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Val Kozak
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Willie 'The Clown' Jackson
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Mary Mitchell
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Ann Roberts
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Billy Boyd
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Carolyn Boyd
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Fiona Kordic
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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27 April 2012 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$625 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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$625 (USA) (27 April 2012)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Edwin Boyd's brother, despite being arrested with Boyd after taking him in while he was on the run, is omitted from the movie. 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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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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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Realistic, but arid and slow at times
14 November 2013 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Toronto was seemingly a nice and secure town after the World War II, and no or poor security measures in prisons and banks made gangs' ideas and plans easy to fulfill and proceed. Moreover, radios and black-and-white newspapers were not much of help in engaging co-citizens for identification and informing about criminals. Such was the surroundings where Boyd and his fellows lived their life; not as brightly as their U.S. counterparts before and then, which is probably the reason why the depiction is not that catchy and even robberies resemble asking money nicely in the presence of guns... Pre-robbery scenes are too long and only loosely connected with the remaining story, and the ending is rather awkward. The cast is uneven as well, with non-Canadians performing more versatile (Kelly Reilly as Doreen Boyd and Brian Cox as Glover); those presenting the Boyd gang seemed not catchy to me.

Thus, an above-average story based on real events and characters, but not a must-see movie.


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