Kill the Irishman

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  • Summary: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, "Kill the Irishman" chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcerOver the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, "Kill the Irishman" chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns and allying himself with gangster John Nardi, Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene's infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn't kill. (Anchor Bay Films)

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 24, 2011
    75
    What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 9, 2011
    75
    The cast is tasty, including Vincent D'Onofrio as a friendly fellow Mob guy, Val Kilmer as the head of the Cleveland PD, Christopher Walken as an underworld power broker, and a bunch of character actors hoping for a remake of "The Sopranos."
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 7, 2011
    70
    Overall, Kill the Irishman is an entertaining look at a brutal time in an ugly place.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 11, 2011
    50
    If you're in the mood for a clich├ęd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    It's just another gangster movie for the pile.
  6. 50
    A big, bloated, though frequently engaging gangster movie, Kill the Irishman should properly be viewed late night on TV, flipping back and forth between the film, David Letterman and a west-coast ball game.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 8, 2011
    40
    If Stevenson's performance were equal to his mammoth physique, the movie might have a shot, but even his broad shoulders aren't up to carrying this much dead weight.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    10
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  2. Mar 31, 2011
    9
    great, on the edge of ur seat, based on a true story; movie! Walken, Do'nofrio, Kilmer & man who portrayed Danny Green....were all greatgreat, on the edge of ur seat, based on a true story; movie! Walken, Do'nofrio, Kilmer & man who portrayed Danny Green....were all great performances I give this 5 1/2 stars, on the scale a 1-5 scale! A must see movie Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    It's a nice movie, not very special. Good story, abrupt ending maybe, - well played by Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer. Maybe it isn't originalIt's a nice movie, not very special. Good story, abrupt ending maybe, - well played by Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer. Maybe it isn't original anymore to make irish crime cinema; I must say: very good choice of music. Enjoy this film. Collapse
  4. Jan 3, 2016
    6
    With the popularity and success of mafia films, lesser known, true stories have to come to light, and I tend to enjoy them the most. EverybodyWith the popularity and success of mafia films, lesser known, true stories have to come to light, and I tend to enjoy them the most. Everybody knows about Gotti, Capone, and Bulger, but how many people know about Danny Greene? Greene was a simple factory worker in Cleveland, Ohio, who was upset by how mob corruption had taken over every major industry in the city. Greene wanted to fight back, but no one successfully takes on the mob, so Greene decided to hit them where it hurt. Greene started his own crew and slowly started to take over their businesses. For nearly a decade, the mob tried and failed to assassinate Greene, making him a modern day Bravehart in the hearts and minds of the citizens of Cleveland. Ray Stevenson, always "that other guy", stars in this film, and he was truly outstanding. People who knew Greene say Stevenson's performance was spot on and that really adds to the excitement surrounding this film. Kill The Irishman isn't without it's problems however, as with most mafia related films, it moves incredibly fast. It's hard to keep track of the timeline and as always, people come and go so quickly, that it's hard to keep track of who is who. Beyond that, this film focuses on the violence and assassination attempts surrounding Greene, rather than simply telling his story. The bottom line, Kill The Irishman is certainly not Goodfellas, but it was still extremely entertaining, and offers viewers a story about the mafia, that most wise guys would prefer to forget. Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    5
    As a duo citizen, Canadian/European. I am not outraged at this heap of **** I won't spoil it for anyone but there is a wee bit too much of theAs a duo citizen, Canadian/European. I am not outraged at this heap of **** I won't spoil it for anyone but there is a wee bit too much of the Action Essentials going around and these "professionals" are using it so pizz poorly that they failed to capture me in first fawking minutes. I did laugh though, I'll be honest. Everytime the Irish got mad, you start to hear some fawking celtic music boi! Which i found racist as an Irish Canadian. Toss in some god horse****e and you have yourself a stinking pile of wish it were more irish trash...I noticed a few actors in this film were terrific at acting like other actors. This one guy, he does this MEAN Christopher Walken.,,really, it's something else. Other than that, there wasn't enough whiskey in the world to make me truly believe it was a good movie. It's not. One thing it did do though, was kill THIS irishman's boner when that terrifying Ray Stevenson groped that Ramsey girl who looks 16. I was hoping it would be amazing, since the real story is incredible...This movie falls very short of capturing what that must of really been like for Danny Greene. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    5
    An explosive mobster movie that suffers from one to many Irish car bombs. With an entertaining screenplay this movie suffers from a ridiculousAn explosive mobster movie that suffers from one to many Irish car bombs. With an entertaining screenplay this movie suffers from a ridiculous script and dialog between actors. It tries to be on the level of a Martin Scorsese film but feels more like Kelly Makin's Mickey Blue Eyes. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    5
    At times unduly ruthless, 'Irishman' is a film that goes heavy on the embroilment, hard on ethnic affronts, and light on the cerebrum; anAt times unduly ruthless, 'Irishman' is a film that goes heavy on the embroilment, hard on ethnic affronts, and light on the cerebrum; an unerring recipe that stays true to its high-concept title. Nothwithstanding dutiful efforts to engender a retro vibe, the 'Irishman' fails to match the charismatic scintillation of its predecessors' characters; but it tries...in razing combustion. Don't be fooled, the film is thought-provoking, howbeit in the form of carophobia driven paranoia; one can't help but check the wheel well first, the ventral side next, the key slit third, or the adjacent vehicle fourth...if time allows. Unnerving, huh? Now you're catching on. Expand

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