Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

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Director: Troy Duffy

Cast: Troy Duffy, Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus


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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


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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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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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
David Della Rocco Rocco
Gerard Parkes Actor

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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The Boondock Saints 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
Simon_Cunningham1 More than 1 year ago
What's the draw of this cinematic trainwreck? Beats me.
Thetrick More than 1 year ago
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.
Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this movie, but I only have the sequel in my movie collection. So when I seen this cool artsy version of the first on Blu-ray, I purchased it. However, they art shown in the photo for this movie is not at all how it looks. It just has the normal cover art for original Blu-ray version. This made me upset especially since I paid more hoping to get the version with the better art. I guess it is possible for it to be inside the movie case, but I do not want to open it to find out. I am not sure if this is a mistake or if the black, grey, and white art only exists digitally.
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This movie is a non-stop action flick. It takes the idea of every male in the nation and makes it happen. For those of you that have not seen the movie you have missed out. I strongly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keep you on the edge of your seat awesomeness! The structure of the movie is a little wierd at first due to the fact it does the ending of the fight then shows the battle, but its still a great movie. It is a movie that not many people have seen, but eveyone who sees it loves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm normally not a huge fan of the shoot 'em up type of flicks...but I have to say that this one rocks. The little nuances in the movie make it original; the homosexual detective, the funny yet pathetic's all good. And coming from a woman, I think that should count for something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All around great movie. It was original in every aspect. I'm not a fan of amature works, but this movie was great. It's one you can watch again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of (in my opinion) the best action movies ever made. not one person i know that has seen didint imediatley go out and buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was totally original and can be watched over and over. The only thing I didn't like was the inaccuracy of the Boston Police uniforms, but this was a amatuer film what do ya expect!!!! Definatley buy It.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best action movies ever made. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the best movie ever made. I have not met a single person who saw this and was not blown away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one good movie can watch it over and over cause u notice something new every time
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best movies made. a classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever. My friends were hesitant to see it at first, but after they saw it both bought it the same day! Et nominiu patri et fili spiritus sancti.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont mind the fact that the person who reviewed Boondock saints on april 30 gave it one star, but the fact that they wrote some of the stupidest questions kind of made me mad. The one that really bugged me was ''why did billy connelly have a shoot out with his two sons, why didn't he recognize them?'' Well to answer that question...He was suppose to be in jail for the past 25 to 30 years. Connor and Murphy are only suppose to be in their 20's. So if you simple little mind would put two and two together, you would realize that Billy's character supposidly never saw his kids because he was in jail when they were born of a little while after they were born. I love this movie and think it is one of, if not the best movie of all time. if you want to hate it, be my guest. but dont go asking stupid questions that can easily be answered if you payed attention to the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really phenominal movie all around. I'm quite surprised it hasn't really 'broken out'. If you like pulp fiction or lock stock and two smoking barrels, you'll love this movie. Same kind of jumping around with time, but even better done
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie in 2000 - rented it from Blockbuster and had never heard of it before. I like it so much I bought all 6 copies that Blockbuster had, and gave them to friends as Christmas presents. Everyone loved the movie and now that they have DVD players, have bought it on DVD. It's a shame Duffy didn't put out the sound track to this movie because the music is diverse and excellent. Willem Defoe is so good in this movie and the rest of the cast too. I hope that Duffy will continue to make movies - I am an instant fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Boondock Saints is a spectacular movie!It is a wild and crazy action packed ride with creative direction and humor. It is one of those movies you want everyone to see, because it is that good! WOW!! What at movie!! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't tell me that there has ever been a better movie produced than Boondock Saints. I have seen no fault in this movie other than the fact that a lot of people haven't seen it. And in reference to the April 30th review, they did not get their weapons from the police. They received their weapons from a ''black market pawn shop.'' That's why they gave the man the Russian's watch and money before they got the weapons. The plot is perfect, the action is amazing, and the cast could not have been better. I hope their will be a sequel.