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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.

Director:

Troy Duffy

Writer:

Troy Duffy
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Cast

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 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
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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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Taglines:

Before The MacManus Brothers Get To Heaven, They're Gonna Raise A Little Hell See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script's initial sale garnered a considerable amount of publicity (including the cover of USA Today) as a "rags-to-riches" story; writer/director/composer Troy Duffy was a bartender at J. Sloan's in Los Angeles when Miramax head Harvey Weinstein not only bought the script, but signed Duffy to direct, his band to score the film and agreed to purchase the bar for Weinstein and Duffy to co-own. However, Duffy quickly managed to sour the deal, putting the script into turnaround where it was eventually produced for less than half of the budget offered by Miramax. After its limited theatrical release, the film gained popularity on home video as a Blockbuster Exclusive, unfortunately Duffy's contract did not give him any royalties from video sales. Duffy's initial success and consequent self-destruction are chronicled in the documentary Overnight (2003). See more »

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When the money and guns are thrown down on the table, the roll of $100 bills is clearly play money. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The Malaysian version of the film (and possibly the Hongkong/China print) is uncut and english. That print has all the cut violence scenes missing from the Canada and US release. On the downside it's full screen and not letterbox See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broforce (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blood of Cuchulainn
Composed by Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna
Administered by Superliminal Music (ASCAP)
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Great (but not always new) ideas - great realization. Entertainment in the tradition of "Pulp Fiction".
15 August 1999 | by chh.See all my reviews

Preliminary remark: the comments refer to a pre-release version that was shown at the "Fantasy Film Festival" in Cologne, Germany, in August 1999.

"Boondock Saints" is a clever, funny, sufficiently violent movie with an overall high entertainment value. The story revolves around two Irish-American brothers and an excentric gay FBI agent (awesome: William Dafoe). The brothers - devout Catholics - who speak several languages fluently and work in a slaughterhouse find themselves equipped with money and weapons and subsequently start their very own crusade against the evil men of Boston - professional killers, mafia bosses and drug dealers. The agent is at their heels from the outset, but he has to realize that justice is on the side of the brothers...

This basic plot is the foundation for a highly energetic narrative: we get excellent and at times highly comic dialogues (with a high F***-word ratio), running gags, and lots of crazy situations and plot developments that are as absurd as they are funny. The action/shooting scenes are well-choreographed with a fine eye for the detail, but it's the main characters, their dialogues and developments around which the movie is develops rather than the action sequences.

On top of this, we get a fractured time/place structure that's already familiar from movies such as Kubrick's "The Killing" or Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs", but "Boondock Saints" takes it to new extremes - and thus it's fun to watch.

Of course, the characters are a bit shallow every now and then and one would love to learn more about their background, but that's only a slight criticism. Overall, and measured by its own intention, "Boondock Saints" is great entertainment. More, it doesn't need to be.


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