Kill the Irishman (2011)



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Movie Info

Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) 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 (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Hensleigh, Jeremy Walters
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2011
Box Office: $1.2M
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as Danny Greene

as Joe Manditski

as Shondor Birns

as Joan Madigan

as Mikey Mendarolo

as Ray Ferritto

as Grace O'Keefe

as Jerry Merke

as Art Sneperger

as Keith Ritson

as Jack Licavoli

as Ellie O'Hara

as Tony Salerno

as Leo "Lips" Moceri

as William "Billy" McCo...

as Frank Brancato

as Young Danny Greene

as Young Billy McComber

as Tony Lupero

as Vic Centauro

as Tommy Sinito

as Joe Buka

as Stan Gilroy

as Merke's Secretary

as Macleish

as Agent Mike Malloy

as Steve Marshak

as Theatrical Grille Ba...

as Detective Podorski

as Biker Bill

as Mrs. Shaughnessy

as Leg Breaker

as Garbage Man

as Furniture Mover

as Kevin McKiernan

as Brendan Calhoun

as Mrs. Birns

as Billy Cox

as Undercover Cop

as Geoffrey Greene

as TV Reporter

as Cleveland Kid
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Critic Reviews for Kill the Irishman

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

Hensleigh romanticizes Greene and doesn't have a very nuanced understanding of labor racketeering. That said, he does possess a fine eye for shabby urban landscapes and a nice way with explosions.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The cast makes up for some occasionally spotty storytelling and telegraphing of events that keep "Irishman" from being as good as it could have been.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies, the kind who gets in deep and gradually loses his soul.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The problem is that writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh doesn't do much beyond filling in the template; he's telling the specific, true-life tale of mob decline in 1970s Cleveland, but every character and setpiece feels like it fell off a truck.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kill the Irishman

There isn't a single frame in "Kill the Irishman" that is of any originality, and I truly mean that. The dialogue is flat, the direction and cinematography are uninspired, and almost every character is some sort of mob-movie stereotype. The structure and narration (from Val Kilmer; who's character has little reason to exist) have been employed for the soul purpose of drawing comparisons to other, mostly superior movies. Even the score plays as self parody, inducing unintentional chuckles during what are supposed to be dramatic scenes. But even with all that is mind, "Kill the Irishman" is still a highly entertaining gangster story that benefits from it's fact-based narrative and the highly underrated charisma of Ray Stevenson in the lead. This is all really derivative, but nevertheless well staged, well performed and it gets better as it moves along. Enjoyable fluff for a rainy day.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Really good drama that brought twists, turns and suspense to a real life gangster story. The suspense of the story line is taunt with superb acting, and a tight script. Ray Stevenson was wonderful in this, and was well supported by a host of very familiar faces...even Christopher Walken. Good job!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Excellent movie about Danny Green and the Cleveland Mafia during the seventies. Lots of action will keep you interested all 1hr and 46 minutes. 4 1/2 Stars 3-1-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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