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.
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. It's the truth behind this film that will really inspire you to root for Danny, despite his moral ambiguity and this is what makes KTI a great film.
Whilst it may not be the most complex mob-movie out there, this is a truly great tale that is based in nearly 20 years of reality - there were actually 37 bombings in Cleveland in 1977 alone!! When this is paired with a great cast (Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Paul Sorvino, Vinny Jones amongst others!) and set in a truly believable 1970's setting (the cars, the clothes & the music) it makes for one truly great movie. Recommended!!
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.
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.
on 28 June 2012
The biopic is a strange beast that often comes under one of two umbrellas; flaunts the Oscars, or tells the tale of a gangster. `Kill the Irishman' is the second type of biopic and surrounds American-Irish criminal Danny Greene as he attempted to take over the Italian Mafia stronghold of Cleveland. With Ray Stevenson as the main star, `Irishman' was never going to be the biggest budget or most visible film ever, but it does have its moments. Stevenson is triumphant as the lead, his accent works and being the man mountain that he is, he has the presence needed. I also enjoyed the story; not knowing who Greene was I was in the dark as to the outcome of the film. It owed a lot of the likes of `Goodfellas', but if you are going to borrow from something, make it the best.
It is elsewhere in the film that things unravel. The casting of the co-stars is a who's who of B movie actors - Val Kilmer, Vinnie Jones, Christopher Walken post 1995. Every one of them is sleep walking through the film and have some of the worst accents in recent film history. It takes the power of Stevenson performance just to counter act this awful trio. Vincent D'Onofrio does appear and make a decent effort, but as for the female leads, they are undercooked and underused.
Credit is due to Stevenson, but also director/writer Jonathan Hensleigh. Despite a series of miscasts, the director is still able to make an entertaining and exciting film. He uses the usual Biopic and crime film tropes, but they have worked for decades and still prove useful here. Despite a limited budget the set dressing, hair styles and wardrobe still work - a shabby chic that is both dirty and dangerous. Just looking at the cover and the cast list would make it easy to lump `Kill the Irishman' as yet another poor straight to DVD B Movie. This is unfair as Stevenson's presence, an interesting story and decent direction makes it an above average film.
Shot on a limited budget `Irishman' is probably best viewed on DVD and not BluRay as little is gained from the HD. The extras are interesting, including an older documentary that covers the real life events the film was based upon.
Set in Cleveland during the 1970's, this film from director Jonathan Hensleigh (`The Punisher' series) tells the true -ish story of Danny Greene. He was an impoverished second generation Irish man, but in America the apple never falls far from the tree, so he is still considered to be Irish - hence the title. I am second generation Irish, but feel totally English except that I do better singing when intoxicated (it's in the genes apparently). Any hoo, Danny (Ray Stevenson) is a big man with big ideas and a streak of pride that garners him admiration and the enmity of people in equal measure.
He starts on the docks and soon becomes the spokesman for the Longshoreman; his unofficial role soon becomes bona fide when he unceremoniously ousts the corrupt Union Boss. However, the power soon gets to him, actually before the paint has dried on his new green stairway. His carefree attitude towards other peoples' property soon gains him the attention of the mafia. As per usual everyone wants a split. Danny meanwhile gets busted and has to start all over.
This is a hard and gritty tale that uses some of the news reels from the time and it is amazing how many bombs were detonated around this time, like a microcosm of Beirut. Danny seems to have nine lives and a fear of no-one, it all builds up a head of steam that sees him upsetting one person too many and then all hell kicks off.
This is a well made and acted film that sadly went straight to DVD, well who wants to go to the cinema anyway? Apart from lots of people with their money that is. Besides that this ticks all the boxes, there is a love interest, there are some famous names, like Val Kilmer as the good cop who put his badge first. The nasty crime boss, Shonder Birns played by Christoher Walken and loads of proper unchoreographed action. There is also great period detail with some fantastic old American cars, that all too frequently end up in a failed bid to reach outerspace thanks to the addition of some explosives. There is also Vinny Jones who does for the Irish accent what Dick van Dyke did for Cockneys, but he is quite likeable despite that.
All in all a well made and paced film and at 101 minutes is perfectly timed too, the music is good also; there is so much to like here that if gangster type films is your thing, then it would be churlish not to give it a go - recommended.
Danny Greene is a poor Irish orphan who grows up to become a gritty union leader at odds with and in cahoots with the local Mafia. Ray Stevenson does an excellent job portraying Danny Greene while Val Kilmer was less than spectacular as the detective investigating him. Perhaps the writers didn't know what personality to give Kilmer, so they left it out. In spite of Danny Greene's criminal exploits, we have empathy for him. Danny is both tough and smart is spite of not completing high school. His blue collar rise to the top gives us the bad guy "walking tall" feel.
Once Danny is caught, things change. He makes a deal to stay out of prison by becoming a snitch to the surprise of Val Kilmer, but he is not a very good snitch. In one scene, Danny decides to clean up his own neighborhood by going up against a local biker gang. His wife (Linda Cardellini) watches Danny beat up a biker in the street and she appears to be surprised at his actions after being married to the guy for several years, knowing he is a mobster. She is not supportive.
Danny is forced to do things he doesn't want to do, or at least that is how the film portrays Danny, as the kindly neighborhood bill collector, who only busts kneecaps when he has to. Good historical film without being a documentary.
Very brief sex, nudity, and f-bombs. Some course ethnic humor.
on 2 August 2014
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.
Ray Stevenson plays Danny Greene (The Irishman), and really makes the character scary and direct as a incoming battletank
from the first minutes of this film. I`m a fan of films like "Godfellas", "Casino", and well known actors, but this fiilm was even better,
since it was made to be seen through a workingmans eyes, and a more hard real life scenario most people can relate to.
With his bare fists, and a scaring direct personality, a hard working man goes to war against his corrupt bosses and mobsters of
the union. He does what we all probably would like to do sometimes, and he do it every minute in this film, in every situation.
He even clean his homestreet by just walking over to scare the s*** out of a Hells Angels like motorcyclegang treathening the
neighbourhood. And he does it alone. The story is well described by other reviewers, so I will just add that this is a film you would
hate to miss in your lifetime collection. From now on I will watch out for films played by Ray Stevenson.
And let me add...Vinnie Jones can more than playing football, cause in this setting he`s just great as The Irishmans sidekick!
This is a fascinating film about the Cleveland mob war of the mid 1970s and the power struggle between a ruthless gangster of Irish descent and the Italian mafia. It has an authentic 1970s feel confirmed by the excellent one hour documentary included on the disc which I recommend is watched prior to the movie. The documentary provides a valuable context to the film which projects a raw vibrancy effectively conveying the brutality associated with organised crime. I bought this film as part of an Amazon deal after reading generally positive reviews, and although not as polished as Goodfellas or Casino is still a valuable addition to the gangster genre. Ray Stevenson is excellent as Danny Greene, “a man you don’t meet every day”, a modern ‘Celtic warrior’, violent, uncompromising and fiercely protective of his neighbourhood. There is good support from many well-known actors but this is Danny’s story and therefore their roles are suitably limited.
on 25 January 2012
Based on a true story this film follows the career of Danny Greene, an Irishman, in Cleveland in the '70's who set about destroying the Mafia. He begins as a dockworker and rises up to become, by fair means or foul, the president of the Longshoreman Union. However, a favour done for a worthless friend begins the downward path into corruption and murder. It doesn't seem to matter what he does or how high and good his motives are things still plummet into violence and, in supplanting the Mob, he is instrumental in forming the Irish equivalent.
This is an intriguing film, highly entertaining and strangely charming with excellent performances from all involved. The bonus extras actually use historical footage, information and interviews from those still living to paint a not quite so squeaky clean image as the film does.