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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.

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... Danny Greene
... John Nardi
... Joe Manditski
... Shondor Birns
... Joan Madigan
... Mikey Mendarolo
... Ray Ferritto
... Grace O'Keefe
... Jerry Merke
... Art Sneperger
... Keith Ritson
... Jack Licavoli
... Ellie O'Hara
... Mike Frato (as Steven R. Schirripa)
... Tony Salerno
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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

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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

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11 May 2012 (Mexico)  »

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Bulletproof Gangster  »

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$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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Both actor Ray Stevenson and director Jonathan Hensleigh have been with The Punisher film series (despite all three films have been reboots). Ray played The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone (2008) and Jonathan directed The Punisher (2004). See more »

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Many vintage cars are used in this film, most of them mint specimens that are clearly collectors items. But the makers ignored the fact that Cleveland winters usually took a costly toll on vehicles driven year-round. One scene in particular shows Danny's wife leaving him in what appears to be a 1955 Ford. A 20 year old car in Cleveland back in the seventies would have been rusted out dreadfully with holes in the fenders and rocker panels. This beauty looks like it left the showroom last week! Look closely at the cars in the film and you will see they are all in perfect condition even though they would have been 5 or 10 years old. See more »

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Jerry Merke: I'll give you three seconds...
Danny Greene: [Slaps Jerry across the face] ... To do *what*?
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References Red River (1948) See more »

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CIELO E MAR
Written by Amilcare Ponchielli
Arranged by Paul Pritchard
Courtesy of APM Music
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A great biography. A must watch for those who savor true drama
2 October 2011 | by See 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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