Kill the Irishman


Kill the Irishman

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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.



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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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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

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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
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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…
Detroit News
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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
Michael S

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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.
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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This is a fun little romp based on the rousing true story of Danny Greene- an Irish hood who waged a turf war with the Mafia all throughout the 1970s in Cleveland, and basically caused the downfall of the mob's activities in that region. Now, Greene was no saint, but he was a noble guy who had a great sense of personal pride and ethics. He went from low level trouble maker to union boss, to hood, to Mafia enemy #1 in just a few short years. And his story is both really fascinating, and a lot of fun. Heck, he survived so many assassination attempts that part of the movie actually becomes rather comical. To bring this story to life, writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher (2004 version)) assembled one heck of a lineup including another person involved with the Punisher (Punisher War Zone), Ray Stevenson in the lead as Greene. Filling out the roles as various mob figures, union guys, and cops are Vincent D'onofrio, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Bob Gunton, and tons of THAT GUYS! like Robert Davi and a bunch of others. Oh yeah, and Linda Cardellini as Greene's wife. This is quite a set up and notabel cast, and, thankfully their efforts don't go to waste. The period details are great, the story is really interesting and enjoyable, and the performances are all pretty solid for the most part. Yes, the movie does somewhat come off as a Scorsese rehash, but I never felt like the film was a total ripoff, but rather just an homage. Of course, given the impact of MS, it's really pretty hard to not make a film like this without garnering such accusations. All in all, this is a worthwhile film that fans of the cast or the subject matter should definitely check out. I had no idea that the events in the movie actually did happen, but man, it's some wild stuff that definitely has me wanting to learn more about the actual exploits of the so-called "Man the Mafia couldn't kill".

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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