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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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will Be Done. 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:

Der blutige Pfad Gottes 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Connor and Murphy acquire their ammunition, the wall reads, "While the wicked stand confounded, call me with thy saints surrounded". This is the English translation of the Latin words "Confutatis maledictis, voca me cum benedictis" from a Latin religious hymn by Franciscan monk Tommaso da Celano. See more »

Goofs

When we're taken through what happened in the apartment with the eight dead guys, one of the Boondock Saints places a dime on each of one of the dead guy's eyelids. Both dimes are clearly shaking from his jittery eyelids, revealing he's acting. You can tell by the reflecting light off of them. 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 Version at the German Fantasy Film Fest (1999) and the canadian DVD-Release differ in 3 cuts. The DVD cuts are:
  • the Hotel Shootout: This scene has a cut about 7 seconds, showing bloody bullet hits, when the two brothers are hanging on the rope.
  • Rocco shoots the Mafia-Guys in the bar: The headshot and the shot in the chest are cut away on the DVD. You only see the blood coming out of the back of the bench.
  • Shoot out in the pool-room: one scene is cut which shows several bullet hits in the body of the guy who opens the door.
  • Poolroom shootout: The guy that's holding the phone, standing in the back left corner gets shot twice. The second bullet hit is cut out from the US DVD.
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Connections

Referenced in Zombie Strippers! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

War Not War
Composed by Ian Anderson
Jim Long Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Somewhere between Tarantino and Ritchie lies Duffy
5 August 2003 | by ox95See all my reviews

A fourth year film student with a chip on his/her shoulder will probably tell you that this film is simple, uninspired, derivative, gratuitous..... ignore him/her just like you always do and see this genuinely funny movie. It has an inspired performance by Willem Dafoe and enough new ideas to keep you glued. The social commentary should probably be looked at as more of a plot device than intelligent thought, but I found myself watching this movie repeatedly and enjoying it more the second and third time around. This is definitely a naughty pleasure for the movie enthusiast.


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