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Kill The Irishman [DVD]

Ray Stevenson , Vincent D'Onofrio , Jonathan Hensleigh    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini
  • Directors: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Producers: Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Tommy Reid, Bart Rosenblatt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0068VNDOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,873 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Dramatisation of the life of Danny Greene, an Irish American gangster who gained immense criminal power in 1970s Cleveland. After a tough childhood as an orphan Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) works hard as a longshoreman and union rep, but his mafia connections finally see him forced out of both roles. Turning fully to a criminal life he begins employment for the loan shark, Shondor (Christopher Walken). Greene, however, is too ruthless and ambitious to take orders from an unpleasant character like Shondor for long. After he, in turn, uses and betrays Shondor and Italian mafia boss John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene ends up as one of the main players in the 1970s turf struggles which see Cleveland dubbed 'Bomb City'. With Detective Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer) on his trail and his enemies determined to assassinate him, how long can Greene maintain his pre-eminence in the city?

About the Director

One of the most prolific screenwriters in the action/adventure genre, Jonathan started his career writing episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) for George Lucas and ABC. He wrote Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), re-conceived from his original spec script Simon Says. He followed that with Jumanji (1995). His script for the The Saint (1997) was completely re-written by others. After this frustration, he enjoyed a long working friendship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer with whom he collaborated on many projects since 1996. He re-wrote the whole script for The Rock (1996) without credit, which he tried desperately to achieve via WGA arbitration. He did uncredited re-writes on Con Air (1997) and the remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) and received executive producer credits on both. Armageddon (1998/I), from Jonathan's original idea, was the second time Jonathan had the highest grossing film, worldwide, at the box office. The other was Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995). --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 Aug 2011
By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE
just finished this straight to video movie that I thought was going to suck until I read the reviews ( proves sometimes they are worth while). its an absolute gem, think goodfellas meets riverdance ( not really). one irishman and his friends take on the mob ( trust em to use explosives). its revenge movie, meets mob movie, a little humour and some great acting by all, kilmer looks more ice box than ice man but does his job well along with ray stevenson,walken, d`nofrio, sorvino, amongst others. this is the type of film you sit down expecting not much but come out with a great experience and its one you know you will watch again.
awesome film. great pace, lots of things going bang but the violence is realistic and not cartooned, a great story where you actually care about the people involved.

5 stars all the way, one of the best low budgets I have seen since boondock saints, one of the better films I have seen this year.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great mob-movie 16 May 2011
Kill the Irishman (KTI) is based on the book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello which is based on the true events of Irish mobster Danny Greene (played by Ray Stevenson).

The story starts in Cleveland Ohio in the 1960's. Orphaned as a child, Danny has known nothing but hard-knocks and working his fingers to the bone for cents. When he ousts the corrupt Union Leader for his union, the men elect him as their working-class champion - unfortunately enough for Danny who has dubious morals himself, the position involves negotiating with the Cleveland Mafia. When Danny is investigated for extortion and handling stolen property he is removed from his Union office and has no choice but to work with the Mafioso loan-shark Alex "Shondor" Birns (Christopher Walken) to make ends meet and support his wife (Linda Cardellini). But when the Mob bosses see just how influential the rising star Danny is (uniting the garbage disposal firms under one union where they had previously failed to do so) a contract is put on his head, Danny turns out to be one tough nut to crack, surviving multiple attempts on his life, but when will his luck run out?

Ray Stevenson plays a fantastic Danny Greene - despite having the physique of a filing-cabinet - an Irishman with an indefatigable spirit. The locals adore him as he is seen as a working-class hero and a modern-day Robin Hood; extorting the Mafia then using the proceeds to make sure everyone in his neighbourhood has a turkey for Christmas for example. Even his victims get mercy, after 'dealing-with' a guy who refuses to negotiate, Danny makes sure the 10 recently-orphaned kids all get trust funds for college, paid for out of his own pocket.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An authentic looking mob movie 20 Jun 2011
This is a very good film that could easily get overlooked. Val Kilmer is back on form here even though his role isn't a major one and everyone else does a great job too. The cast of this film is excellent, everybody looks the part and there's no pandering to the glamour crowd at all. Comparing this to movies like the 'French Connection' and the 'Dirty Harry' series that were actually made in the seventies this film appears to have captured the look and feel of the era perfectly. Not just the clothes, the music and the cars but the settings look authentic too. Some of the story has been 'softened' I'm sure to make Danny Green look better; eg his wife leaving him when in the extras his real wife said it was the other way round, but whatever the facts the story portrays a little slice of mob history that you probably don't know about and its well worth the watching. On my blu ray I only had the true story of Danny Green as an extra but that is 64 minutes long in itself. Picture quality was spot on, the colours had that authentic slightly washed out look and the DTS-HD master soundtrack was crisp and dynamic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish Goodfellas. 13 Nov 2011
Based on a true story and the book of the same name, KIll The Irishman, tells the lifestory of Danny Greene - an Irish-American gangster who came from nothing and rose to power with his own way of doing things and took on the might of the Italian Mafia.

Feared, respected and loved, Danny was more than just a common hood, and was dubbed the Robin Hood of Collingwood ( the area in which he lived). He had many friends, and of course enemies, and his Irish charm meant that he even became good friends with his nemesis of sorts: the policeman tasked with catching him.

The film itself is pretty good and there's an all star cast including Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken. Vinnie Jones has a starring role in it too (with a less than convincing irish accent) but that doesn't spoil proceedings. With a great Celtic sountrack and interspersed with original news footage of the events that took place, I enjoyed watching the tale of this Irish thorn in the mafias side. Ultimately, a thorn that would lead to the collapse of the cosa nostra right across America.

The Blu Ray is good quality and there's an excellent documentary in the extras section. But along with the trailer that's all you'll find there. However, it's more than enough, with interviews with friends, family, police, lawyers, real life hit men, and mafia gangsters. It was a great watch in its own right and an excellent extra to compliment an a lady enjoyable film.

Danny Greene was the living example of the phrase Fighting Irish. A hard man, who lived a hard life, and did things the hard way. He had a fascination with his Celtic roots and modelled himself on the Celtic warriors of old. I don't think the Italians new what hit them. If you like gangster flicks and mafia film, Kill The Irishman is a refreshingly different take on the genre and will make for a good watch.
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Published 22 days ago by lorraine dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film everyone should see, very good delivery service 5star
Published 2 months ago by norman southerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Overlook This One..........
I allmost overlooked this film, but then I watched it on TV, and ordered it in a hurry the same day to have in my collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Norwegian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
True story which I enjoyed! Danny is a Legend and Vinnie Jones cant act for Sh*t!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Aidan Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars !kill the irishman (you can try) AWESOME!
I wasn't sure about buying this movie as it was a straight to blu ray release.
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Published 4 months ago by TREVOR SIMMONS
3.0 out of 5 stars another mobster movie
never really enjoy a film if I can't really route for a character.. never really rang true that the Irishman was torn and had any real compassion, once he had become corrupt. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maria Elizabeth Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars gritty crime story
based on true events. captured the era it set in perfect. action,though could be shorter. well told story,lot worse out there
Published 7 months ago by dark magic
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch
was a good watch i really enjoyed this film, was not sure at first but did get better. And a true story.
Published 8 months ago by DianeOzzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
This is a good film. Was better than what I thought it was going to be. Ray Stevenson plays the part well and it's one of those films you could watch again six months later.
Published 9 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars film
gripping thriller on the edge of your seat action good acting clever story line would watch this film over an over again
Published 9 months ago by dave jenks
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