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Bulletproof Gangster (2011)

Kill the Irishman (original title)
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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

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

Certificate:

16 | 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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Trivia

The production temporarily re-opened the retired Tiger Stadium known as Navin Field for approximately one week. The stadium originally opened in 1912 and closed 87 years later when the Detroit Tigers departed for their new facility. The stadium was then demolished after the production completed filming. 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

William 'Billy' McComber: Well, it was fun while it lasted.
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Connections

Featured in Youngstown: Still Standing (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

ALL I WANT IS YOU
Written by Stephen Lang, Jamie Dunlap and Scott Nickoley
Performed by Leroy Osbourne
Courtesy of Master Source Music Catalog o/b/o Revision West and Red Engine Music
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Deserved a bigger budget
12 June 2011 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

Kill the Irishman tells the story of Danny Greene and his rise from rags to riches through the mob and their many attempts at killing him. Being of Irish decent, the aspect of this one Irish guy who kept getting on the Italian mob's nerves, it peaked my interest.

The film has a great story to tell and I can only imagine how amazing the film would have been if they had a director like Martin Scorsese behind the camera. That's what I kept feeling while I watched this film, that it was a Scorsese wannabe. That's not exactly a bad thing, because I did enjoy the film, but I wanted to enjoy it so much more.

There are aspects of the film that are great and if a masterful craftsman were behind the camera than I can honestly see this film being one of the best of the year. The film feels short on a lot of things, mainly the small things that would have made this film great. The relationship between him and his wife was nonexistent. The smaller characters played by Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Vinnie Jones deserved more screen time. There was a relationship between Stevenson and Kilmer that was interesting, as one was a cop and the other a known mobster, but the film decided not to dive any further than two scenes. I hate to throw Goodfellas into the mix, but had the story been crafted more like that film, then this could have been great.

The story is based on true events, with some liberties of course. Some of the special effects, like the car bombings are incredibly poor. A story like this deserves a bit more attention to detail from the writer and director. It felt like they loved the story, but didn't know exactly how to tell it. Again, if they had proper backing in the budget department, then this film would have been really great. The car bombing scenes are really poorly done and this is such an integral part of the film. Some of them are actual explosions, others aren't. It's poor production values, stick with the real thing.

Kill the Irishman is a good movie when it should be a great movie. In terms of gangster flicks, it's one of the better ones. It's nowhere near the calibre of Goodfellas or Donnie Brasco. It feels like the odd film that wants to be apart of the family. It just falls short of admittance. A good film is good film though.


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