Kill the Irishman

2011

Kill the Irishman

Critics Consensus

Kill the Irishman may not add much in the way of new ingredients to its crowded genre, but the admirable efforts of a solidly assembled cast add extra depth to a familiar story.

61%

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67%

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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 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. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and also starring Val Kilmer, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini, KILL THE IRISHMAN is inspired by Rick Porello's true crime account "To Kill The Irishman: The War That Crippled The Mafia." -- (C) Anchor Bay

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Cast

Ray Stevenson
as Danny Greene
Val Kilmer
as Joe Manditski
Christopher Walken
as Shondor Birns
Linda Cardellini
as Joan Madigan
Tony Darrow
as Mikey Mendarolo
Robert Davi
as Ray Ferritto
Fionnula Flanagan
as Grace O'Keefe
Bob Gunton
as Jerry Merke
Jason Butler Harner
as Art Sneperger
Vinnie Jones
as Keith Ritson
Tony Lo Bianco
as Jack Licavoli
Laura Ramsey
as Ellie O'Hara
Steve Schirripa
as Mike Frato
Paul Sorvino
as Tony Salerno
Mike Starr
as Leo "Lips" Moceri
Marcus Thomas
as William "Billy" McComber
Vinny Vella Sr.
as Frank Brancato
Cody Christian
as Young Danny Greene
Dante Wildern
as Young Billy McComber
Sean O'Reilly
as Tony Lupero
Vincent Angelini
as Vic Centauro
Grant R. Krause
as Tommy Sinito
Jeff Chase
as Joe Buka
Jim Porterfield
as Stan Gilroy
Nina Kircher
as Merke's Secretary
Loren Bass
as Macleish
Richard D. Jewell
as Agent Mike Malloy
John Seibert
as Steve Marshak
Greg Trzaskoma
as Theatrical Grille Bartender
John Hawkinson
as Detective Podorski
Jimmy Doom
as Biker Bill
Lise Lacasse
as Mrs. Shaughnessy
Arthur Cartwright
as Leg Breaker
Joey Albright
as Garbage Man
Walter L. Lindsey
as Furniture Mover
Douglas Minckiewicz
as Kevin McKiernan
Robert Skrok
as Brendan Calhoun
Ruth Crawford
as Mrs. Birns
Renell White
as Billy Cox
Jeff Wolfe
as Undercover Cop
John Leo
as Geoffrey Greene
Al Corley
as TV Reporter
Trevor Callaghan
as Cleveland Kid
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Critic Reviews for Kill the Irishman

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (19)

  • 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.

    Apr 7, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.

    Mar 18, 2011
  • Stevenson is a good actor, but Kill the Irishman is standard mob fare, neither exciting enough nor interesting enough to matter.

    Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kill the Irishman

  • May 08, 2013
    Kill the Irishman deserves to be a top mafia movie, but it falls just shy of achieving of its potential because of some lapses in storytelling and depth, but it does get marks for realism and charisma. Ray Stevenson is a fine actor, but his accent jumps in and out during the movie. I couldn't quite tell if they meant for him to be completely Irish or assimilated American-Irish. Some of the characters aren't fleshed out as much as I would have liked who I felt deserved a good background or look into their personal lives a bit more. A few scenes were unnecessary as well that were sort of like jump cuts. However, the action is good and by the end you really feel for the mobster Danny Greene. Val Kilmer as the cop wasn't anything to write home about and Christopher Walken was, as always, a presence on screen in his brief time. It's funny cause most people in the mob are associated with New York or the North East and wouldn't give two looks toward Cleveland, but it deserves to be recognized for the impact it had on the world of organized crime.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2012
    As Detective Joe Manditski(Val Kilmer) recalls, Danny Greene(Ray Stevenson) never backed down from a fight in his life, even as a kid. As an adult, he finds one when working on the dockyards in the 1960's where he gets into it with union boss Jerry Merke(Bob Gunton). At the same time, Danny gets involved with the local mob to get a friend's gambling debt canceled which Merke tries to hold over him but to no avail. Danny's rule as union president does not last long, as union corruption is exposed and he is banned from the union for life but spared jail time. Having to support his wife Joan(Linda Cardellini) and three kids, he goes to work for Shondor Birns(Christopher Walken) and his numbers business. If "Kill the Irishman" borrowing heavily from Scorsese was the only problem it has, maybe you still might have had something. Based on a true story, there is probably enough material for a compelling crime movie. This is not it. All we get about Danny are some nice moments and anecdotal nuggets like his being extraordinarily hard to kill and well-read for a blue collar criminal. Part of the lack of detail here especially involves Cleveland, and ignoring the possible negative effect an explosive gang war might have had on the city. Ray Stevenson may look the part in the lead but sadly lacks a strong presence. That leaves it up to the supporting players, of which Christopher Walken and Fionnula Flanagan make the strongest impressions.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    Ray Stevenson's performance is the best reason to watch this film. He definitely shines here. It was great seeing him in a role like this. I usually see him in films playing the villain or a sidekick. I didn't think he was great as the Punnisher but he was excellent here. I would love to see him do more leading man type of roles like this. The film I thought was so so. It needed a rewrite. I thought the voice over narration shouldn't have been from Val Kilmer's character, but rather from Ray Stevenson's character. The style of the film kind of felt like they were trying to copy Scorcese's mob films style. The film is well casted. Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Robert Davi, and Christopher Walken all deliver. I definitely recommend the film cause of Ray Stevenson's performance in it.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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