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Kill the Irishman (2011)

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The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

Director:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), Jeremy Walters (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Stevenson ... Danny Greene
Vincent D'Onofrio ... John Nardi
Val Kilmer ... Joe Manditski
Christopher Walken ... Shondor Birns
Linda Cardellini ... Joan Madigan
Tony Darrow ... Mikey Mendarolo
Robert Davi ... Ray Ferritto
Fionnula Flanagan ... Grace O'Keefe
Bob Gunton ... Jerry Merke
Jason Butler Harner ... Art Sneperger
Vinnie Jones ... Keith Ritson
Tony Lo Bianco ... Jack Licavoli
Laura Ramsey ... Ellie O'Hara
Steve Schirripa ... Mike Frato (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Paul Sorvino ... Tony Salerno
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Storyline

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Based on the true story of Danny Greene the man the mob couldn't kill

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2012 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulletproof Gangster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,430, 13 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,478,156, 31 August 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Danny Greene became such a folk hero in Cleveland that a young admirer penned a ballad in his honor. It reads in part, "...They shot him down and blew him up With most regular persistence. Through guile and luck and skill, Danny Greene is with us still. Some day he'll die, as all we must, Some will laugh but most will cry. His legend will live on for years, To bring his friends mixed pleasure, For he has done both bad and good, And lived his life full measure." See more »

Goofs

When Billy McComber is killed, the bomb is planted in the shipping container next to the car Billy is sitting in and the front of the shipping container is clearly blown off. But in the subsequent scene that shows the car falling through to the water, the front of the shipping container is intact. See more »

Quotes

Danny Greene: Mr. MacLeish; Danny Green.
Mr. MacLeish: I know who ya are. You're the tool who sent me this... Four thousand to unload each vessel? Are you outta your fucking mind? The price is two thousand. We have a contract and you're going to honor it or I'm going to lock out your union. Is that clear ya fuckin' potato eater?
Danny Greene: Potato eater? Seeing as how the potato was the only source of nutrition in Ireland for 300 years and half the population including my ancestors died in the great famine, I'd say that term is ...
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References Red River (1948) See more »

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YOUR SMILING FACE
Written by Norman Chandler
Courtesy of APM Music
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A great biography. A must watch for those who savor true drama
2 October 2011 | by troy-manatungaSee all my reviews

Wow..... Wow..... Wow.............

I DID NOT EXPECT THAT! I AM STUNNED!

The Hunter becomes the Hunted in KILL THE IRISHMAN. In the year 1976 in Cleveland 36 bombs went off but could they get Danny Greene?

Based on the life events of Irish American gangster Danny Greene KILL THE IRISHMAN is by far one the most involved movies I have watched of its kind. Danny Greene a gangster from Cleveland in 1970s is a man with pride and honor. Quite unusual traits for a gangster don't you think? Exactly what I did think as well until I completed the whole movie! Danny Greene's story brings to light the hardships that certain people go through to meet their ends in life. Although not most of them are legal methods, sometimes these seem to be the only way out for some of them. Most learned folk at this point would think I am a few screws lose upstairs to agree with an illegal approach to life. I sincerely believe that all humans will tread paths they never would if they too are pushed to extreme limits. This is just me, however I am sure some may feel that to die with hunger is better than steal, try it and let me know! Please note I am not promoting criminals since Danny Greene's revelation is entirely different. Danny Greene earned his bread and butter until the associations abused them and ill-treated them. Danny stood up to them and took over the associations and became a self-found businessman. However when authorities came for him few years later, he did not run, he had the courage to stand up to his faults.

Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio and Val Kilmer bring to life the dark early 1970s of Cleveland. I am impressed of the precision performances. Especially Ray Stevenson, he is amazing and its wise choice by the casting directors to go with an unfamiliar face (although Ray Stevenson has appeared in a fair number of movies) since it's a biography of an actual person. I believe Ray Stevenson fits into the character with ease rather than to have a Hollywood regular play the protagonist. I need not speak about Christopher Walken, you put him in front of a camera and wonders emerge. Val Kilmer's weight does not stop him from slamming a great performance either. Unison is what it is with these men pulling the movie through.

A very appropriate and touching soundtrack evokes a great emotion within me. Much like BRAVE HEART or ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES she captures and wraps me with a strange enchantment. It's like a spell, I need to admit there were moments in the early parts of the movie where I did consider switching it off. The interest did not seem to be consistent. In my terms the attention span of the viewer is violated with Jonathan Hensleighs directorial approach. It lost me a few times, however it did not LOSE me. I am having difficulty expressing what I felt, let me try to elaborate. It's like water, tasteless, however after a long night when you wake up dehydrated after one too many drinks, and that one glass of water you have at that point of time is the perfect drink. This is the only way I can bring myself to explain the feeling of this movie.

A definite skip for those who look out for action and cleverly choreographed fight sequences. A good one for the mature audience who savor biographies and slow paced dramas.

This is how I see it, nothing more nothing less!

Title: Kill the Irishman Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Robert Davi, Vinnie Jones & Christopher Walken Rated: R for strong violence and some sexual content/nudity Rating: 07/10 106 Minutes


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