The Boondock Saints

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Overview

Feeling that they are doing God's will, two Catholic men from Boston set out to kill everyone in this Reservoir Dogs-style vigilante thriller. Brothers Conner and Murphy MacManus Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus take to performing their divine duty against the Russian mob. They massacre a bunch of unsuspecting Mafioso in a scene of absurd violence, then they let more blood in a mass killing of porn-shop customers. Instead of getting thrown in jail, they are dubbed "saints" by the Boston Herald, and they are...
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Overview

Feeling that they are doing God's will, two Catholic men from Boston set out to kill everyone in this Reservoir Dogs-style vigilante thriller. Brothers Conner and Murphy MacManus Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus take to performing their divine duty against the Russian mob. They massacre a bunch of unsuspecting Mafioso in a scene of absurd violence, then they let more blood in a mass killing of porn-shop customers. Instead of getting thrown in jail, they are dubbed "saints" by the Boston Herald, and they are praised by brilliant, tortured, and gay FBI agent Paul Smecker Willem Dafoe.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
A wonderful direct-to-video hit, Boondock Saints delivers a wild and visceral experience in the form of a mythical modern tale of vigilante justice. The film begins unassumingly with two brothers, Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus, hanging out with their buddies at their favorite South Boston bar. When Russian mobsters show up looking for money, the affable pair defend their turf, eventually with extreme prejudice. This sets in motion a series of events that seem more calculated for startling cinematic effect than anything else, and it all pays off brilliantly. Flannery and Reedus, curiously devout Catholic boys, make a most unlikely pair of psychopathic assassins, and their elevation to sainthood by the locals makes sense only within the zany confines of a movie. However, the most gleeful departures from reality are reserved for Willem Dafoe, portraying the tortured FBI genius who is tracking the boys' escalating murder spree. Dafoe plays Agent Paul Smecker as a flamboyant and self-loathing homosexual: He arrives at a crime scene where the lads have slain at least a dozen thugs, slips on his headphones, turns up an opera, and exuberantly re-creates the action as if he had been there. To call the performance over the top would be an understatement. Is Smecker appalled by the atrocities? Oh yes. Does he approve of the vigilantes' actions? Maybe. But one does not get the feeling that rookie director Troy Duffy is trying to make any sort of social statement here, or that anything in the film should be taken seriously. This is pure entertainment for people who aren't afraid of a little blood -- and are also eager to see a toilet bowl employed as a murder weapon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 024543029366
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willem Dafoe Paul Smecker
Sean Patrick Flanery Conner MacManus
Norman Reedus Murphy MacManus
Billy Connolly Il Duce
David Ferry Detective Dolly
Brian Mahoney Detective Duffy
Bob Marley Detective Greenly
Carlo Rota Yakavetta
Jimmy Tingle The Priest
Ron Jeremy Vincenzo Lipazzi
Gerard Parkes
David Della Rocco Rocco
Technical Credits
Troy Duffy Director, Screenwriter
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Chris Brinker Producer
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Jeff Danna Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert De Vico Production Designer
Bill DeRonde Editor
Robert N. Fried Producer
Tina Gerussi Casting
Adam Kane Cinematographer
Michael Kavanagh Special Effects
Lora Kennedy Casting
Craig Lathrop Art Director
Mark McGarry Co-producer
Mary McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Elie Samaha Producer
Lloyd Segan Producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Scott Wolf Sound Editor
Rich Zinman Co-producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my top 5 movies ever!

    The dialogue is tight and well played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as brothers. And I have never seen Willem Dafoe better. And I really like Willem Dafoe. This is one of the only movies that I've seen that makes continual flashbacks work. You get to see the lead up and then you see the aftermath. Dafoe's FBI agent tries to fill in the pieces, not always well, and then comes the flashback showing exactly what did happen. It's a shame that the writer/director ended up landing himself on every blacklist there is in Hollywood. (For more detail, watch "Overnight", a documentary on Troy Duffy and his making of "The Boondock Saints." The guy's a conceited moron.) If you like this movie, and from what I understand you'll either love it or hate it, make sure to watch the deleted scene "Call from Ma." You'll laugh your a#$ off!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my personal favorites...

    This movie was recommended to me when I was younger, by a bunch of friends I played video games with. They named themselves after each character in the movie, so naturally I had to watch it, right? It is by far one of the BEST movies I've ever seen, especially considering it's B movie status. The characters were rich and diverse, the plot was well detailed, but unless you pay close attention, can throw you for a loop towards the end, and the soundtrack for the movie was perfect. That's why I gave this movie a 5, and I recommend it to anyone that likes a good action/comedy movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A real review of a great cinematic adventure!

    For years all I've heard was how great this movie was and how they couldn't believe I've never seen it. There were so many movie references and quotes that I'd miss. When I got to college I told a friend that I hadn't seen it yet, so he forced me to watch it with him. After one time of watching it, it became one of my top three favorite movies. I bought it quite quickly after seeing it. This movie is a movie that all who are 17 years or older can enjoy. The R rating doesn't come from nudity or any type of sexuality; it is strictly because of the violence. It is not hard to watch and does not make me queasy. The diversity of this movie makes it great for young old, male or female viewers. This movie is not all about cool fights, bloodshed and violence. It hits you on a religious and spiritual level. The two main characters of this movie are Irish brothers, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who are played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus. These men go to church every Sunday, pray to God, and have good hearts. After getting into a bar fight with some Russian men they get attacked by them the next day at their apartment. Connor and Murphy end up killing the men and turn themselves into jail the next day, plead self defense, and create a friendship with the detective. While sleeping, these two men have an epiphany; they are spoken to by God that they need to do what's right for the world. From this point on they take it into their own hands to rid their city of "bad" guys. The first time they try to take out a bad guy they are highly successful on accident. As they are crawling through air ducts in the hotel they fall through the ceiling and are hung upside down by a rope. As they begin to spin they shoot out all the bad guys in the room while hanging upside down. Once all the men but one are dead the boys cut loose and proceed to take out the main mobster. While on his knees the men point their guns to the back of his head, recite a family prayer, and shoot him. A friend of the brothers is Rocco, played by David Della Rocco. Rocco is a delivery boy for the Italian mobsters who screw him over, so he decides to join the brothers. In this movie, Rocco is the one who knows everyone, where they are, who they're working with, and where to find them. He is the one who helps the brothers find their next job. Rocco was a well-rounded character that influenced the plot throughout the movie. Willem DeFoe plays the detective, Paul Smecker, who is out to catch the ones responsible for all these deaths. DeFoe's character is a brilliant man who, at the end of the movie, is torn between what is right and wrong, and legal and illegal. It's a shocking surprise when we see what DeFoe's character decides to do when he finds out that the two boys he helped out earlier are the ones killing all these bad guys. The director, Troy Duffy, does a great job incorporating real social issues that we face in the world. We may not have "Saints" in every city cleaning the streets of scum but these crimes are still going on. When you purchase this movie you get more then just the movie. On the second disk you get the chance to watch deleted scenes, always fun to figure out why they didn't make it into the movie, and out takes, funny for anyone to watch. It's nice to know that actors that you idolize so much are just regular people who do also make mistakes. As a big fan of this movie, I strongly advise any and everyone to see it at least once.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Boondock Saints

    The movie is great and there is a new one out also--part 2. If you haven't seen either one rent or buy them. They are truly excellent movies. They show you the meaning of right and wrong and doing the right thing in a different way. Some would argue that the brothers are wrong in what they did but I think they did the right thing and definately want them on my side. It was not a big box office show but is a creat "cult" movie of that type. I don't want to give away the plot but you definately want to watch them if you like action movies. But a word of warning--not a movie for young children due to the honesty of the real world. Don't miss any of the movie as you need to see all of it so you don't miss out on anything. And as a teaser--I loved the part when they sit at the table and the cat is there and then poof. Ya gotta watch the movie to see what I mean.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Have to see this movie

    This movie is #1!! It has a great story, awesome characters, the actors that where in it where amazing. Everyone has to see this movie. I watch it 3 times a week and i never get tired of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boondock Saints

    My family and me love "the Boondock Saints".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Happy Saints Day!

    A instant cult classic! Willem Defoe almost steals the show! Action packed! See before you check out the sequel! Tarantino style action, snappy dialogue an ass-kick of a movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!

    This movie is by far the best. Whenever someone mentions it I have an urge to go home and watch it. If you are a true Bostonian then this movie is for you. Also for all you action lovers out there this is an excellent pick.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AWESOME!

    An excellent cult movie! Sadly it's theatrical release was canned due the rash of school shootings that occurred at the time and it's violent and social content. Wonderful performances from Connolly, Flanery and Reedus and a stunning one from Defoe. Great discussion movie for it's themes of religion and vigilantism. Equally interesting and funny as it is violent and offensive. Honestly, one of my favorites.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic and Fantastic Action Movie, I've ever loved

    HAHAHA, Boondock Saints is just gut-wrenching and exhilarating. I was off my seat for almost the entire time. I don't want to give anything away, but wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Time Great Movie

    I had to write this after I read the review prior to this one... first of all if you do not appreciate this movie then you need to watch it again and this time stay awake. If you have any taste at all you will be quoting this movie into the grave. I write movies hoping to make them as good as this. Dafoe is phenomenal! Plot and storyline are amazing, it is captivating and incredibly witty not to mention hilarious! And best of all it makes you think and question your own morals... it provokes thought... something 90% of movies cease to do anymore. A must see if you have any movie taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Save your money

    A huge disappointment, this movie had so much potentual as the two lead actors did show some promise, but the moive failed by the director's very unusal style in telling the story. We rented this DVD on the suggestion from another site. What a waste.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Makes Pulp Fiction Tame

    Tarantino looks tame after the raunchy and gory hijinks of these two bloody blood brothers from South Boston, who are sociopathicly devout Catholic Irish to their core defending their turf from low-lifes and the Russian Mafiya. In the weirdness and colorfulness that is South Boston, they become underground heroes and "the saints," ahem,like Whitey Bulger, but these are not pernicious killers, they have a cause. While being tracked by the twisted FBI agent played wonderfully by Daniel Dafoe in his best role as a confused homosexual, he seems to at once revile the culture of the local "lager locals" and the while thinking of the saints in an almost groupie way and revering them as gods. Beware of his opera set!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The movie was the most intresting movie that I have watched in a very long time. At the end of the movie you just sit there and debate with yourself on how you thought the boys reacted to with what happened to them. I have watched this movie multiple times and still find it just as thrilling as the first time I watched it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely incredible

    This movie was one of the greatest I've ever seen. Willem Dafoe's acting goes unmatched as Detective Smecker. The comic relief is incredible. The secondary characters are incredible. All-in-all, this is a one of a kind. Pulp Fiction was not nearly as good as the Boondock Saints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING MOVIE!!!

    If i could give this movie every single star in the sky it still owuld not be enough! i cannot explain my greatfulness for this AMAZING MOVIE! the actors were GREAT ROCCO IS AMAZING haha my boyfriend is in love obseesed with this movie so i downloaded it and just had to buy it and ow i watch it about 3-5 times a day! its a bible for me! I LOVED IT!!! if you are into mafia indie movies this is definately the one for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wannabe Tarantino flick

    When i picked up Boondock Saints, i was hoping for something that was as cool and as slick as Pulp Fiction, yet original on its own. What i got was a replica of Pulp Fiction. However, Boondock Saints is not nearly as good. I thought it started off good with the two men fighting in a bar fight and then finishing it off at their place, but after that things went downhill. The final straw for me was when Willem Defoe dressed up like a woman to infiltrate the mob. IT WAS SO STUPID! If you want to watch this movie, i suggest you watch the first 30 minutes, then shut it off, otherwise the rest of the movie will ruin your view on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie ever

    Take the giddiness of being irish and combine it with the spectacular style, comedy and character development of pulp fiction and you have boondock saints. A must see for anyone that wants to see a fantastic film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh (pyrodragon2000@comcast.net) is an idiot

    Not trying to put down either Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction but this movie is a great movie in and of itself. The fact that this person even tries to compare them only makes him seem like a total idiot. There maybe some thing in these movies that may SEEM similar it’s the differences that set this movie apart. In all of Taritino's films there is really only violence, quick dialogue and entertaining stories. Where as in Boondock Saints there is all of that as well as a controversial moral issue. The issue that this movie tackles is evident in the ending of the movie. Troy Duffy does a wonderful job in trying to spark a debate over the issue of if it’s okay to kill “evil” men. Is it okay to take the law into your own hands? This movie is great watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST SEE!!!!

    I rented this movie, and watched it and went out and bought it the same day. I love this movie and it made being an Irish girl from Southie cool again. i love the fact that the two brothers stick together.

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