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
Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker's collaboration goes way back to 1967 and Scorsese's Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967). They have worked together on most of Scorsese's films, totaling 24 movies including The Irishman (2019) (without short films and documentaries). Schoonmaker won Academy Awards for Scorsese's 'Raging Bull', 'The Aviator' and 'The Departed'. See more »
When driving between the Red Fox restaurant and the nearby meeting house, Frank Sheeran repeatedly passes an intersection marked as "Telegraph Road" at "Seven Mile Road". This is shown as a small junction of two 2-lane roads. In the real-life metropolitan Detroit, these are major multi-lane arteries carrying thousands of cars per day, not small two-lane roads. See more »
When I was young, I thought house painters painted houses. What did I know? I was a working guy. A business agent for Teamster Local 107 out of South Philly.
One of a thousand working stiffs... until I wasn't no more. And then I started painting houses... myself.
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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 »
The Irishman is another outstanding Scorsese film. De Niro gives one of his best performances in years. His narration is spot on and he makes us genuinely feel for Frank Sheeran. I believe his first Oscar nomination for years is inbound. Pesci is also great in a somewhat reserved role, but it's Al Pacino that really shines in this film. He gives his typical loudmouth performance and should be considered the favourite for best supporting actor, in my book. The film has a good pace to it. The nearly three and a half hour runtime flies by... for the most part. Midway through the second act, things can get a little slow but by no means is it boring. Perhaps it's the kind of film you watch on Netflix rather see it in cinema. The character development overall is excellent. We get a good grasp of every character by the end of the film due to the run time. However, we don't hear a huge chunk of information regarding Frank's Irish background. It is merely mentioned with one or two references. I personally had no issue with the de-aging. I think it's done really well. At no point was I distracted or thought it looked unrealistic. The ending and/or final act as a whole is conclusive. You leave the cinema with a smile on your face. I see a best picture nomination incoming for The Irishman. You should check it out when it comes to Netflix November 27. 9/10
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