The Boondock Saints (1999)
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as Paul Smecker
as Conner MacManus
as Murphy MacManus
as Il Duce
as Detective Dolly
as Detective Duffy
as The Chief
as Mackle Penny
as Ivan Checkov
as Officer Newman
as Officer Chaffey
as Officer Langley
as Beat-up Woman
as Reporter No. 1
as Reporter No. 2
as Officer Mitchell
as Virginal Woman
as Media Man No. 1
as Media Man No. 2
as Vincenzo Lipazzi
as Irish Gun Dealer
as The Fat Man
as The Priest
as Drug Dealer
as Mr. Cobb
as Forensic Woman No. 1
as Sick Mob Man
as Correctional Officer
as Mafia Man
as Mafiosa No. 1
as Mafiosa No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Boondock Saints
Satire or self-parody would be vastly preferable to the film's unironic endorsement of outlaw justice, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything resembling irony or subversiveness in this exercise in lovingly rendered ultra-violence.
More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, pic is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact.
Willem Dafoe's portrayal of the conflicted homosexual FBI agent is overacted to such an extent that it is hilarious, amazing and entertaining. His is an unforgettable character.
Duffy's models are clearly snarky, ultraviolent Tarantino-esque crime pictures, but this movie's cleverness is never quite on a par with its bloodlust.
An embarrassing waste of time, and nothing even resembling the guiltiest of guilty pleasures...
Audience Reviews for The Boondock Saints
Two Irish Catholic fraternal twin brothers, inspired by the divine, embark on a mission of bloodshed throughout Boston's criminal underworld as a flamboyant government agent tries to apprehend them while simultaneously taking their side in the stylish, memorable, and wildly entertaining cult favorite.
Oh man, how times (or at least me) have changed. When I first saw this, I was blown away. I thought it was an amazing work of art and it proved pretty influential to my life, at least for a while. Now, after revisiting it nearly a decade after first seeing it, I find myself more critical, less impressed, and having a more nuanced reaction.
The MacManus Brothers seem like vigilantes who only go after serious sinners, but no, they're not true vigilantes. If anything, they're more like psychotic religious zealots who go on serial killeresque rampages. Sure, they're doing good, but, when you really think about it, they're pretty messed up guys themselves.
I still like the religious elements, and the questions of morality and moral ambiguity, but, while I generally like antiheroes, this is a case where the moral ambiguity kinda makes me feel uncomfortable, and it disturbs me some. However, since the film is really idiosyncratic, stylish, and super cool, I can't hate on it too much, as it is entertaining. Yeah, it's pretty derivative, and maybe tries a bit too hard, but I think it still kinda works, even if it is messy, and has become ridiculously popular.
Yeah, I'm complaining, but I'm still giving this a pretty high rating because, well, it is fun, it is entertaining, it does raise good questions and makes you think about things, and well, I dunno. It just has this odd appeal to it. Plus, the casting and acting (namely Dafoe, Flannery, Reedus, and Connolly) are solid, and, when the film works, it works well. Yeah, sometimes it goes a little overboard, but it mostly holds it all in.
Bottom line: see this thing already. I know it's become a cliche to love this movie, and I admit to blindly going nuts for it, but I have since matured, and, while I know it has a lot of problems, it's still a good movie. Plus, sentimentality is a bitch. I can't hate on something too hard that helped shaped who I've become.
The Boondock Saints Quotes
|Conner MacManus:||Well, it certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.|
|Murphy MacManus:||Checkov? Well, this here's McCoy. We find a Spock, we got us an away team.|
|Conner MacManus:||And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.|
|Conner MacManus:||Isn't that right Rambo?|
|Murphy MacManus:||Fine, get you're stupid fucking rope.|
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