Monument Ave. (1998)
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as Bobby O'Grady
as Mouse Murphy
as Seamus O'Grady
as Teddy Timmons
as Jackie O'Hara
as Mickey Pat
as Mrs. O'Grady
as Father Donahue
as John Kelsey
as Mrs. Timmons
as Mrs. Turbody
as Bar Owner
Critic Reviews for Monument Ave.
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.
Prefectly entertaining "gangs, guns & streets" tale.
A realistic, hard-boiled peek at an old Irish, close-knit neighborhood, in Boston's blue-collar Charlestown section.
Gives off a winter-in-Boston chill that you take with you in your bones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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