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The Boondock Saints (1999)

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Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Smecker
... Connor MacManus
... Murphy MacManus
... Rocco
... Il Duce
... Detective Dolly
... Detective Duffy
... Detective Greenly
Richard Fitzpatrick ... The Chief
William Young ... Monsignor
Robert Pemberton ... Macklepenny
Bill Craig ... McGerkin
... Rosengurtle Baumgartener (as Dorothy-Marie Jones)
... Ivan Checkov
... Vladdy
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Storyline

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. Written by KevinYang(meowdragon@hotmail.com)

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Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will Be Done. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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19 November 1999 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Der blutige Pfad Gottes  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,930, 21 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,812, 28 January 2000
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Mark Wahlberg turned down one of the lead roles in order to star in Boogie Nights (1997). See more »

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When Connor and Murphy are fighting in the air duct, their weight shifts the duct to the right. On the left the of the screen a brief glimpse of the set can be seen, revealing the duct simply as a prop. See more »

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Mackiepenny: Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, the glory, now and forever. Amen.
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Clips of people being interviewed about their opinions on "the saints" are shown while the credits roll. See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Holy Fool
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Performed by 'The Boondock Saints'
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Non-linear storytelling executed well
28 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed non-linear storytelling. A number of people seem to have picked up on this aspect of the movie and thus dubbed it similar to Pulp Fiction (though no one mentions Reservoir Dogs) when this movie takes non-linear storytelling to a level beyond where Quentin Tarrantino was ever able to go.

Now, certainly Memento came along afterwards and transformed the entire art of non-linear storytelling. However, Memento uses it to keep the movie watcher guessing until the very end, whereas Boondock Saints puts the pieces on the table, letting you try to put them together, but then will continue handing you pieces until the picture becomes clearer.

Clearly the movie is designed to be over-the-top, both from Williem Dafoe's character to the action sequences themselves. Williem Dafoe makes this movie for me. The plot, which centers on religiously-inspired vigilante justice, has an air of being somewhat cliched, although I would be hard pressed to name another movie which handles it in this matter.

I still fail to see how others consider this movie vacuous and without meaning, when its message about the pitfalls of our current legal system and the need for something that transcends it is quite clear. I thought the ending, in which various people are interviewed about their opinion of the "Saints" and how for some vigilante justice was an incredibly sensitive issue, made this point very clear.


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