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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


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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


And shepherds we shall be, for thee, my lord, for thee. See more »


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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Official Sites:

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USA | Canada


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


$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


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The woman that the priest refers to in the opening scene of the film, Kitty Genovese, was an actual person. She was raped and murdered by a serial rapist in 1964 outside her home in Queens while many eyewitnesses did nothing to save her. This apathetic bystander phenomenon is now referred to as the bystander effect or "Genovese Syndrome", stemming from the inability to take action or to know whether action has already occurred. In both The Boondock Saints and the graphic novel Watchmen (2009), the story of Kitty Genovese inspires a vigilante to go to war against crime. See more »


When Agent Smecker is investigating the alleyway crime scene it shows that one Russian has boot prints on his back, but in the flash back to the crime scene when Connor jumps on his back, his feet do not make contact. Also, he steps *over* him and never on him when retrieving the weapons, money and pager. At no point did his boots ever make contact with the Russian's back. However, someone else could very well have gone through the alley and searched the Russians for their personal effects. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Region 2 Japanese dvd is fully uncut, widescreen and english. It also features commentary and behind the scenes footage, plus a few other extras. See more »


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Anti Tarantino
22 August 2002 | by tedgSee all my reviews

It is easy to see why this screenplay created a buzz in Hollywood. Movies today are all about other movies. Tarantino references nothing but. He isn't the inventor of this, but he did bring it to a new level of self-aware irony.

So its something when a script comes along from a fellow who knows nothing about other films. This is more a sketch for a clever book. But then he applies the same veneer as Ritchie and Tarrantino and the 'Go' guy. It is a reverse irony, a selfconscious goof on their own selfconsciousness. To make it obvious, he has our hapless murderers deliberately act like they were in a movie, often arguing about it 'Bronson always takes a rope.'

He directs, and the results aren't pretty. He muffs all the effects he is quoting, but that is so entirely apt, so entirely what he is all about (without knowing it) it works.

The key role here is played by Dafoe, who knows something about reverse self-reference. He played a key role in one of the earliest reverse self-referential projects 'eXistenZ,' and more recently in the very best, the gold standard: 'Shadow of the Vampire' a film about a film about filming vampires where the top level has the vampire as real. He knows what to do and since the director is weak, he does what he wants.

His character is the cross between the detective who is trying to discover the story and the avatar for the director who is writing the story. There's a rather nice scene where he is anachronistically in the action, narrating it -- and getting it wrong.

I'll take one of these over twelve McMullen brothers any day.

Ted's evaluation: 2 of 4 -- has some interesting elements

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