Kill the Irishman

Kill the Irishman

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war rages between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns and allying himself with gangster John Nardi, Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2011
Branch Call Number: KIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

Others have commented on the film and I sided with those who liked this bio drama of the infamous Cleveland Irish mobster, a Jekyll to his chosen few and Hyde to his enemies. Like to point out that the hour long extra film “Danny Greene, The Rise And Fall of The Irishman” is well worth a watch. It is based on true interviews (Ex-wife & daughter, childhood friend, former Teamster, an array of law enforcement officers (FBI agent, Police Chief , prosecutors and defense attorney) documents, newsreels, photos and videos of the real Daniel Greene, from a small boy to his death and the subsequent downfall of the crime syndicates across the nation.

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Reading_Right
Nov 09, 2017

Absolutely absurd to glorify, romanticize, & glamorize this guy's life. (Which is what the film does.)
He was a mobster who murdered & tortured people. Pure & simple.

Or that he was some legend, because "they" couldn't "get him". Reality: Some local guys bungled up a couple of murder attempts, so the head guy calls in someone with more experience, and he kills him.

The film wants you to think/feel that he was fighting the mob, altruistically. He was fighting them for himself: to gain more power & money, for his own interest. To run his own mob, & do what they do. He didn't care who he hurt (including his own family) to get what he wanted. And even IF he might have treated some people "better" than the other guys, he was one of them.
He died at 43. It's a miracle he lived that long.

I gave it one star, because the acting & film work are excellent, but as stated: The film is absurd.

C20T11 Mar 17, 2016

Mexicanadass & Tj is a Fool Obviously Don't have a Clue.!

I grew up In Collinwood & seen Danny Green on a almost Daily Bases. One of His Best Friends Lived on My Street.
He was a Very Nice Person & did Good things for the Community, especially for the Old.
Regardless of how this Movie Portrays Him He was a Good Fella, He just didn't take anyone's SH#T.

LRS1969 Mar 10, 2016

Very good movie.

Unlike "Goodfellas".(whoever came up with that comparison), this is based - and relatively accurately - on a TRUE story.

For those of that era and the Cleveland area (and especially the Collinwood neighborhood) and especially for those who, to an extent knew Danny, this movie is even more enjoyable.

The movie was based, fairly decently, on the book "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia" by Rick Porrello - who himself has a VERY interesting life story.

I rate the book, being a step closer to the sources, a bit higher.

Still all in all worth the watch!

P. S. As I recall, the big car preference of Danny was with green (Keltic Green) Lincolns and not Cadillacs.

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tgwilliams
Jan 13, 2015

I personally didn't think it was as good as "GoodFellas" but entertaining to watch nonetheless, based on true story.

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duracell
Mar 13, 2014

I'm no fan of mob movies, but this was a great film. No one was innocent here, but the acting and directing were wonderful!! I love a great sleeper film!!! 5-Star

unclevinnie Feb 24, 2014

DAFFY DANNY GREENE TEETH WAS THEE SECOND BIGGEST CROOK IN 1970S CLEVELAND OHIO BECAUSE HE DID PAID HIS BILLS. BIGGEST CROOK OF ALL TIME WAS SCHOOL BUS INCOME TAX INVENTOR GEORGE FORBES, CITY COUNCIL APPOINTED PRESIDENT. MINUTE MINIMAL MINIMUM WELFARE PART-TIME WORK WAS ANOTHER CLEVELAND BRIDE

bears1985 Jan 14, 2014

Awesome true crime story well done great acting

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Monolith
Jun 13, 2013

Exceptional job by Ray Stevenson as Danny Greene. Cool flick; even more interesting being that it's based on a true story. I especially enjoyed the old '70s land yachts, too (Caddys, Lincolns, etc.). I would've liked to have seen Christopher Walken's character expanded a bit; the man is legend. Too cool.

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ptaska
May 24, 2013

great movie!!!!!! Action, suspence very entertaining and great script!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

Opening narrative:
The Irish have this expression, "He's a man you don't meet every day." That was Danny, all right. … We both grew up on the east side, in Collinwood. Danny was an orphan. He was raised by his grandfather in a dump on Waterloo Road. He was a good athlete. Made All-Metro in basketball and baseball. School held no interest. Danny was already marching to a different tune. Back then everything in Cleveland was controlled by the Mafia, which had been run since the '40s by one man. John Scalish. Every day after school, it was Danny and his friend Billy McComber against this one group of Sicilian kids. I don't know why they hated Danny so much. You know what they say, "Kids will be kids."

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

Is this the Cuyahoga?
-No, it's the Liffey, in Dublin, you big galoot. You've never been there, have you? I can tell. Here, have a seat. You know, Celtic men were so committed to a fight to the death. But they'd always leave an heirloom as a legacy to protect the ones that they loved. This was my father's. Now, our forebears, our people, yours and mine, they weren't just fearless. They knew that there was something better than just being a big shot. Something that means having the grace of God on your shoulder to protect you, so you can protect those around you. You have the eyes of a warrior, it's true. But I see something else. I see goodness.
-There's no good in me.
Don't you ever say that. We're drunks. We're fighters. We're liars. There's a bit of good in every Irishman.
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A gang of hairy, greasy wops who came into existence when a Greek fucked a goat want to extort hard-earned money from a band of noble Irish stock. How's that?

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

- You got a dirty mouth, young man.
You guys have bled me dry for too long. Irishman's in business for himself now. Oh, by the way, I know why you guys call each other Ronnie the Crab and Peanuts and Frankie B. It's 'cause you're too fxckin' stupid to remember each other's names. See you around, Lips.
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It's a Claddagh ring. Women in Ireland have worn them for 300 years. The hands symbolise friendship. The heart, love. And the crown, loyalty. If you wear it with the heart facing out, it means you're free. If you wear it with the heart facing in, it means you're taken.
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You know, someone once told me, "A businessman never invests his own money."

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We have a contract and you're going to honor it or I'm going to lock out your union. Is that clear ya fuckin' potato eater?

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

Why stick our nose in Vietnam? The English have been doing that to the Irish for the last 2000 years. And by the way, how are we gonna pay for it, huh? Deficit spending, my ass! Next thing you know, we'll be going off the gold standard, this country's going to hell.
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There is some kind of gang war in Cleveland. The figures over recent months show that for those involved, life expectancy is very short and getting shorter. … That summer in 1976, 36 bombs exploded in Cleveland. The Danny Greene War became the subject of national attention. … Federal authorities expect more murders, as the hierarchy of organised crime in Cleveland continues to violently realign.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2017

The guy upstairs pulls the strings, you're gone. There's no other way.
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Closing narration
Ray Ferritto, the hit man who killed Danny Greene, got too big for his britches. So the Cleveland Mafia took a contract out on him. What did Ray Ferritto do? Went to the feds and cut a deal. The resulting trial led to the indictments of Jack Licavoli and L.A. gangster Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno, who testified against Mafia associates across the nation. It would all lead to the famous Commission trial, which convicted bosses in each of New York's five families. Danny Greene's murder directly led to the indictment of 27 Mafia associates, and the collapse of organized crime in Cleveland. The Cleveland Mafia has never recovered.

unclevinnie Feb 25, 2014

DAFFY DANNY GREEN TEETH GREENE DESERVED TO BE THROWN IN THEE WATER FRONT BECAUSED HE WAS BATH LESS AND CHEAP

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Monolith
Jun 13, 2013

Danny Greene: "Mr. Macleish; Danny Greene." Mr. Macleish: "I know who ya are. You're the tool who sent me this... Four thousand to unload each vessel? Are you outta your f*cking mind? The price is two thousand. We have a contract, and you're going to honor it, or I'm going to lock out your union. Is that clear, ya f*ckin' potato eater?" Danny Greene: "Potato eater? ...Seeing as how the potato was the only source of nutrition in Ireland for three hundred years, and half the population including my ancestors died in the great famine, I'd say that term is insensitive. Speaking of culinary tastes, Mr. Macleish, you're Scottish aren't you? ...Let's talk about haggis. Haggis is seasoned lard stuffed into a sheep's colon. So I may be a potato eater, Mr. Macleish, but I don't eat fat out of a sheep's *sshole..."

aaa5756 Apr 03, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

mrsgail5756 Apr 02, 2013

A town that cannot support a lawyer can always support two. -Lyndon Johnson

mrsgail5756 Apr 02, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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