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Monument Ave. (1998)



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This crime drama takes place among Irish-American toughs in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. When Teddy gets killed, gang leader Jackie is behind the hit, and Bobby participates angrily in the code of silence. When Bobby's cousin Seamus also gets hit by Teddy, Bobby faces some hard decisions.

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Denis Leary
as Bobby O'Grady
Ian Hart
as Mouse Murphy
Jason Barry
as Seamus O'Grady
Billy Crudup
as Teddy Timmons
Martin Sheen
as Hanolon
Colm Meaney
as Jackie O'Hara
John Diehl
as Digger
Kevin Chapman
as Mickey Pat
Herbie Ade
as Herbie
Don Gavin
as Brosnihan
Bill L. McDonald
as Father Donahue
Gene "Bucky" Boles
as John Kelsey
Sandra Shippley
as Mrs. Timmons
Sue McGinnis
as Mrs. Turbody
Jackie Sullivan
as Bar Owner
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Critic Reviews for Monument Ave.

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Though very much in the vein of Scorsese's masterpiece Mean Streets, Ted Demme's bleak and downbeat tale has its distinctive merits, not least of which is the acting.

Full Review… | December 27, 2006

Prefectly entertaining "gangs, guns & streets" tale.

July 31, 2002

A realistic, hard-boiled peek at an old Irish, close-knit neighborhood, in Boston's blue-collar Charlestown section.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives off a winter-in-Boston chill that you take with you in your bones.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

As soon as the script turns serious, the film slows to a languid crawl, and ends up as a slight retread of all-too-familiar elements.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Monument Ave.


Ted Demme's death ay 38 was a tragic loss to film. This film along with his previous film "Beautiful Girls" and his last feature "Blow" showed he was a gifted director. This is the Irish version of Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and it delves into themes long seen in films dealing with the Irish community that of informing. Denis Leary is able to throw in stand up bits into scenes. Leary gives his best performance in a film. Sheen in his small role as always shows why he is one of this county's great actors. Meaney plays the usual shanty Irish piece of shit bad guy. Noah Emmerich in his small role as a racist neighborhood tough guy is great. Only issue was the running time.

Greg Beck
Greg Beck

A surprisingly solid crime drama. It's hard to watch an Irish mob saga without thinking of The Departed, but this one works in its own right, and has Leary's self-professed best performance.

Wes Lawson
Wes Lawson

While it may be familiar, Monument Ave is gritty, realistic, and certainly an authentic depiction of the bleak nature of the 'mean streets'. Denis Leary is especially convincing.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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