Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

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

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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20th Century Fox

Special Features

**Theatrical Version Blu-ray **Director's Cut Blu-ray **Audio Commentary with Writer Director Troy Duffy **Audio Commentary with Actor Billy Connolly **The Boondock Saints - The Film and the Phenomenon **Outtakes **Theatrical Trailer **Deleted Scenes

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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
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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The person above me who reviewed this seems to have foolishly mistaken some things. The police never give them guns, they got them from an underground weapons depot. Of course the father didn't recognize his sons, he had been in jail for 30 years...he was hired as an assassin. Regardless, this was a great movie, this is by far my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite movie of all time, and my whole dorm agrees. we would recomend it to everyone who's not afraid of a little violence and blood
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, ''The Boondock Saints'' is by far one of the greatest films I've ever seen. The story is so original, and the character/plot development is so great. The acting so so good in this movie -- meaning, it's not corny. And, oh my, Willem Defoe, his character was a hoot to watch. So was David Della Rocco. Everything about this film is so excellent. I can't believe it was an indie film, a STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO indie at that. This film should have been a lot bigger. It's definetly got me hooked though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie while TDY for Operation Enduring Freedom. We all laughed our behinds off. I can't wait to get a copy for myself. I think the best part is the rope scene. Anyone who's ever done any sort of role playing games understands the importance of rope! Some reviewers seem to have been having a bad day when they saw this movie, but don't let that discourage you. It's a GREAT movie. And don't think I like it because I'm some gung-ho, young male military person. I'm 26, female and a mechanic (not a gun-wielding loony).
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best movies made. a classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awsome once i saw it i craved to watch it again and again. CANT WAIT FOR #2
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this at my friends house and instantly fell in love. I finally found a copy of it at FYE. I have watched that movie repeatedly. I personally like the director's style and ease of movement from the present to a flashback. Those who don't follow the story line closely probably won't appreciate the story and plot of this movie. For the rest of us this is a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie definitly #1
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boondock Saint is my all time favorite film. Never before has an action flick made me think so much. After viewing it for the first time, I had to reflect on how much I related to the vigilante MacManus brothers. Duffy did an amazing job with his debut film. Every aspect of this movie- from the acting, to the screenplay, to the soundtrack- is breathtaking.
Rychewoman More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate it six stars but I don't have the option. I saw this movie in 2000 becasue it was recommended, the soundtrack, by the band 'Boondock Saints' is awesome, and unfourtunately for me, rare. Sean Patrick Flannery, though twenty years my senior, has got to be the hottest man alive! Especially in this clever bit of movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
probably the best movie i have ever seen. i let a friend borrow it and he says its his new favorite movie. theres not enough that could be said about boondock saints....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My family and me love "the Boondock Saints".
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was great. it had a great storyline and even though there is alot of violence, the story is enough to supercede the violence.
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.