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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.


Troy Duffy


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Paul Smecker
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Connor MacManus
Norman Reedus ... Murphy MacManus
David Della Rocco ... Rocco
Billy Connolly ... Il Duce
David Ferry ... Detective Dolly
Brian Mahoney ... Detective Duffy
Bob Marley ... Detective Greenly
Richard Fitzpatrick ... The Chief
William Young William Young ... Monsignor
Robert Pemberton Robert Pemberton ... Macklepenny
Bill Craig Bill Craig ... McGerkin
Dot-Marie Jones ... Rosengurtle Baumgartener (as Dorothy-Marie Jones)
Scott Griffith ... Ivan Checkov
Layton Morrison ... Vladdy


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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The MacManus Brothers aren't angels, they're just sent from heaven to make life a hell for all sinners See more »


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

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English | Spanish | Papiamento | Russian | Latin

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boondock Saints See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,930, 23 January 2000

Gross USA:


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Composer, Writer, and Director Troy Duffy received no royalties from this movie due to the structure of the contract he signed with the distribution company. According to Duffy, neither he, his producers, nor his principal cast got paid. He sued Franchise Pictures and other undisclosed companies for royalties of this movie and rights to the sequel. After a lengthy lawsuit, Duffy, his producers, and the principal cast received an undisclosed amount of royalties, as well as the sequel rights. See more »


When the Russians break into the brothers' apartment, Checkov hits Connor in the left temple with his gun. When Connor is handcuffed to the toilet, he is bleeding from the right side of his head. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Clips of people being interviewed about their opinions on "the saints" are shown while the credits roll. See more »

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The Scandinavian DVD version is uncut as well. See more »


References The Crow: City of Angels (1996) See more »


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Good structure and simple concept to deliver genre standards but otherwise melodramatic, unimaginative and a bit daft
10 August 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Irish-American brothers Connor and Murphy get into a bar fight with a couple of Russian gangsters, which ends in them killing them. The gang nature of the killing brings FBI expert Paul Smecker into Boston but before he can even get going, the brothers give themselves up and are found innocent. The ease of the crime and the general local opinion that they did a "good thing" only encourages them to carry on and, with masks and heavy weaponry, set out to take down those that the law cannot touch – but Smecker and the authorities are only a few steps behind them and the criminals themselves have weapons to strike back.

A few years ago I saw the documentary Overnight which charts the implosion of the writer/director of this film and shows how fame reveals just what one is like – in this case, arrogant and obnoxious. Anyway, aside from what a c0ck Duffy is, the film reminded me that I hadn't seen the cult film Boondock Saints for quite a few years and wondering if it were anything other than the "OK" film that I remember. Well it took a few years for it to be repeated on television but eventually I got round to seeing it. The truth is just what I remember it to be – an OK film but nothing more than that and certainly nothing to justify what Duffy thinks of himself. The best thing about the film is the structure, which sees us following Dafoe in regards seeing the aftermath of the action sequences before we see the action itself – this I liked and thought it added some interest to the delivery that the very simple plot didn't.

Other than this though the story is quite straightforward and offers nothing particularly good in the way of dialogue or content. The greenlight obviously came thanks to Tarantino's success because this story of criminals is clearly indebted to him; however the dialogue is nothing comparable by any means and instead is either lazy rubbish or heavy religious material. The action is the second appeal and it is delivered with the usual style that one would expect from a director who has learnt his "trade" from watching other films. Slow-motion, jumping while shooting etc etc, it is all here and it is all good enough if you are in the mood but certainly nothing special. Disappointingly (but unsurprisingly) the film doesn't have anything challenging or insightful about the vigilantism it depicts. The closing credits are the closest it ever gets and that is too little, otherwise it does nothing to challenge the viewer or even to promote a political view – it just uses it to produce a generic action film.

Of the cast, all credit must surely go to Dafoe for the wonderful way he hams it up. The transvestite bit is a jump too far and is just silly but otherwise his overblown FBI agent is just the bit of fun that the film needs. Conversely both Flanery and Reedus are both surprisingly flat in the title roles, doing simple Irish-American roles but not bringing much to it. Rocco is OK in his character – at least being lively, while Rota is a strange find for 24 fans. Connolly is there for the money and his character is superficial at best and a cameo from pornstar Ron Jeremy is just a pointless and obvious bit of casting.

The Boondock Saints is a cult film but it is far from a good one. At its base it is a simple genre film that offers nothing special to make itself stand out. Disappointingly it has so-so dialogue and nothing to challenge or engage the viewer in the content and really, outside of doing everything that other similar films do, it only has a wonderfully daft turn from Dafoe to make it stick in the memory.

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