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4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Kill The Irishman [DVD]
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on 7 August 2017
Great movie, case was smashed when arrived.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 13 November 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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on 14 October 2016
This is based on the true story of Cleveland Ohio Irish American
gangster, Danny Green. I saw a documentary on him on Youtube
and thought this movie would be half good, I was wrong...

Although there is a good cast of actors here, the plotting and
story is very weak. It seems the director has watched Goodfellas
too many times, but this film is nowhere near as good as that one.
Where as Goodfellas, tells a story that cover three decades, with
style and panache, here we get dull and cheap looking sets, with
dull acting.

Watch and read the really story of Danny Green, as it is more
interesting than this boring movie.
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on 16 September 2013
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.
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on 28 October 2016
Felt like a poor-man's Scorsese.
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VINE VOICEon 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. 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!!
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VINE VOICEon 20 June 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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 12 January 2012
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.
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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.
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on 20 October 2013
An Irish orphan grows up on the mean streets of Cleveland, inevitably with few prospects he ends up working as an unskilled labourer, but with a keen mind and violent temperament it's not long before he gets machinations of grandeur. He soon begins to run the local union but his next step, in cracking the Mafia is unlikely to be as simple...

It surprised me this one, it's based on the true exploits of Daniel Greene (who I'd never heard of!), an American~Irish villain and FBI informant, who it seems, was operating throughout the 60s and 70s in Ohio. Who along with his gang had a complete disregard and dislike of The Mafia, which lead to an ongoing blood feud and several contract killings over the years.

The cast I really enjoyed, with a number of usual suspects, like Sorvino, Lo Bianco, Gunton, Davi and Walken etc etc delivering the high standards (albeit in often typecast roles) we've come to expect from them over the years. Sure Stevenson as the lead didn't play his role with as much charisma as you'd of liked, but he was after all playing a criminal, and on the whole, these parts are far too regularly glamourised anyway. D'onofrio was really good, with Vinnie Jones' oirish accent sounding a bit dodgy, but as always he looked the part, so I'll let him alone. Leaving us with Val Kilmer, who although didn't do a bad job, was most at home in the bar scene, and I just wish he would be given the role of a dying Elvis soon, so that he might finally lose some weight!
Anyhoo, there's plenty of action, mostly in the form of car bombs shredding people or guns going off, and the violent story kept me interested throughout, meaning that if you like 70s period gangster films, true stories about underworld renegades, or for that matter, productions of Celtic interest, you will no doubt like this, a lot...

The bog standard dvd contains a very interesting documentary on the real Daniel Greene, with lots of talking heads who were involved in the events at the time. Recommended
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