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The Irishman (2019)

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A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Charles Brandt (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Frank Sheeran
Al Pacino ... Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci ... Russell Bufalino
Harvey Keitel ... Angelo Bruno
Ray Romano ... Bill Bufalino
Bobby Cannavale ... Skinny Razor
Anna Paquin ... Older Peggy Sheeran
Stephen Graham ... Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Irene Sheeran
Jack Huston ... Robert Kennedy / RFK
Kathrine Narducci ... Carrie Bufalino
Jesse Plemons ... Chuckie O'Brien
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Fat Tony Salerno
Paul Herman ... Whispers DiTullio
Gary Basaraba ... Frank 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
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Storyline

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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His story changed history. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and strong violence. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Heard You Paint Houses See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$159,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$825,204
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Robert De Niro (an American of Italian / Irish ancestry) was always Scorsese's first choice for the role, when Scorsese originally proposed this project to Paramount, both Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan (both of whom are actually Irish born) were briefly considered as alternative choices in case De Niro was either not available or was asked to take the role of Russell Buffalino after Joe Pesci initially proved reluctant. Although both Neeson and Brosnan are about a decade younger than De Niro, and Neeson had a closer physical resemblance to the real-life Frank Sheeran, Scorsese had doubts about whether he could convincingly pull off the accent consistently. Brosnan was also contemplated, but it is believed he was not contacted as, by then, Pesci finally agreed to play the role of Russell meaning that alternative choices were no longer required. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie, when the Hoffa character stops Sheenan from storming out of the office in which Hoffa was haranguing his staff, Sheenan puts on his overcoat and the two discuss their differences, the camera switching perspective. When the camera fixes on Sheenan, the lapel of the overcoat is tuned down. When the camera looks at the Hoffa character, the lapel is turned up. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Hoffa: Who's gonna be there?
Frank Sheeran: Everybody.
Jimmy Hoffa: Tony, Tony, Tony, Tony, and Tony, huh?
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Crazy Credits

Other than the Netflix logo and the film's original title (I Heard You Paint Houses), there are no opening credits for this movie. See more »

Connections

References The Three Faces of Eve (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

O God of Loveliness
Written by Alfonso de' Liguori
Performed by The United States Coast Guard Band
Courtesy of The United States Coast Guard
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Simply Brilliant
14 October 2019 | by gary-simmSee all my reviews

I was worried about the length of the film before i attended the screening, but i can honestly say, i was gripped all the way through, De Niro back to his best, Pesci was fantastic, Pacino was electric, Keitel was menacing & Stephen Graham held his own amongst this legendary cast.

A return to this world that Scorsese has mastered with some of his best films & this film sits right up there right next to them.

Get comfy & enjoy the great story telling ability of these masters at work.


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