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The Irish Goodfellas.,
This review is from: Kill The Irishman [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.