Great cast, great acting, and an absolute must-see for mafia-philes. (by fredericksmith1952)
Great cast, great acting, and an absolute must-see for mafia-philes. Ray Stevenson and Linda Cardellini give exceptional performances as Danny and Joan Greene in this hard hitting story based on his life. Unlike many bio-dramas, this one moves along at a rocket pace, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. D'Onofrio is exceptional in this role, as is Christopher Walken, and you have to wonder how Stevenson keeps up with such powerful performers, but he does. Lots of favorite character actors dress up this larger than life scenario, including the lovely and always enticing <more>
Fionnula Flanagan as the neighbor, Mike Starr as one of Tony Lo Biano's enforcers, and Bob Gunton as the Union President who can't stand on his own. Paul Sorvino gives us the perfect NYC mob boss image and, while his role is brief, it's a performance worth watching. Val Kilmer's role as the police officer who grew up with Greene is subdued, but he carries it off with the right tone and balance to the film. Since a great film always comes down to the director, we have to give Jonathon Hensleigh a resounding round of applause for this fascinating and entertaining portrait of the under-workings of the mob. Rated R for violence, language and sexual situations, if you like films like the Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, etc, you are going to love this one. And if you are a fan of those, this needs to be added to your collection.
No I'm not Irish and no my last name is not Green. I'm Italian and my last name is Liberatore. Its been documented for years the association my family has had with the mob. The murder of Danny Green would ultimately put my Uncle Anthony "Tony" Liberatore behind bars for the rest of his life, which also made headlines throughout the country for putting the "Don" of the Cleveland Mafia behind bars. Although this story tells the life of Danny Green, it also intertwines the lives of many high ranking members of the Mafia into the spotlight. The movie itself does in <more>
certain parts hold a lot of truth with his dealings with the Cleveland Mafia but what the movie does not show is the paranoia and public solitary confinement he lived the last years of his life in. Although not told through the eyes I would have loved to see the simple fact of being consulted for references about friends and family members who were attached to this story was nothing less than fantastic. I hope everyone likes the movie and be on the lookout for the other side of this story soon!
The cast of players would be worth the time and whatever the fare. The story would be worth the time without the cast. The seamless direction, perfect flow, and consistent energy of the work is in itself sufficient for study and pure cinematic enjoyment. This work represents the best effort a team of professionals can give us. Great effects, visceral, brutal violence, great period design, brilliant direction and editing, and a very well made screenplay. The actors are so well cast, maybe a teeny bit stereotyped, but done so with those faces we love to see as characters from gang!and. Type <more>
casting aside, the actors were superb, with hardly a miss in timing and delivery. Cinematic art is not an individual effort. There are so many different crafts and talents necessary to create the whole piece, and evoke in the audience a sense of having been actually a part of the work. This film does that. It is the highest honor one can give a film, that for a couple of hours, you were there, with them, a spectator, but involved a bit in the story. So simple,really, to know a great film. This film, Kill The Irishman, is one of those. Is this ten lines? Thanks again for the opportunity to write, and having read thousands of words about this film, please accept this sincere, simple accolade for a great work.
I'm not often writing critics on IMDb, but when i checked the page of this movie I was really surprised that there were so few reviews.I must confess that I haven't heard anything about this movie before I read that there will be free theater screenings of "Kill the Irishman" in my hometown. As far as i know, the film also had a very limited theater release in the USA, which is a sad thing because this movie was surprisingly good and well-crafted and was one of the best films I've seen in the last months.The film tells the true story of Danny Greene, a tough irish <more>
gangster - and let me tell you, it is definitely a story worth telling.I guess many of you are informed about the story of Danny Greene, so i won't go further into the story.The movie features an impressive cast including Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken and many other familiar faces known from other mob movies. Ray Stevenson gives an incredibly good performance as Danny Greene and manages to keep his character really violent, but also likable. This movie could give him a career boost for bigger roles.The direction and the cinematography are very nice and i'm hoping this movie will enable Jonathan Hensleigh more work soon, because he's definitely a talented craftsman.In some reviews i read that other people complained that this movie is just a ripoff of Goodfellas. That isn't true. The movie stands well on his own, despite featuring some actors known from Goodfellas, and wasn't that also the case in Shows like The Sopranos? Why complain about that? And last but not least, it IS a true story and who grows sick of seeing good mobster movies? Definitely not me.
Review by Ruby: If you are reading this, you have probably read the background info about The Irishman Danny Greene and his Italian buddy John Nardi who worked and broke the law many times over in the streets of Cleveland throughout the 1970s. In addition to Greene and Nardi, many of the cast members were familiar "mob types," and testosterone was practically flying off the screen in the midst of bravado, fistfights, gunfire, and countless explosions. But there was an actual story to follow also, so it offered more substance than much of the drivel that manages to run in the <more>
theatres today.Even though they were gangsters, Greene and Nardi were surprisingly likable characters—for killers, that is—mostly because of the charismatic acting of the two leads, Ray Stevenson and Vincent D'Onofrio. The supporting characters were interesting also, including the talents of Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Steve Schirripa, Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, and Mike Starr.Interspersed with the actors' scenes were actual clips of film footage from local newscasts of the day, which added authenticity and a touchstone to the amazing story that unfolded in Cleveland some 30-40 years ago.I highly recommend "Kill the Irishman" as an action-packed, escapist, period piece, featuring superior acting and excellent film editing. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 100+ minutes!
good fun, intelligent, higher than just mid-level! (by anna-wielopolska)
Great gangster movie. Unlike those "cinema-history-making" movies like God Father, Donnie Brasco,etc., this one is not that pompous, not that depressingly gloomy and dark, while directed and played on the very same top level. And the story is not less interesting. Good speed of action, witty dialogs and all characters portrayed psychologically truthfully. Makes you obviously take the side of Danny Greene and his buddies though they're real mobsters but very likable and sexy ! For Ray Stevenson — the best his role ever. He had first time such a big opportunity to show a bit <more>
of depth of his acting and used it well. Christopher Walken and Vincent D'Onofrio — in their own class! Vinnie Jones could have been exploited more, but! — if he or Val Kilmer had been given more of space, the movie could have become more of a show. The sort of sparsity, lack of exaggerated effects and the friendship and loyalty and drama painted in everyday-life terms without overly high Shakespearian tones, gives room for the story to be absorbed and emotions to grow. I give it 8..5-9. To Ray Stevenson — 9! I also like it that the actors apparently had a real fun working on this movie and that the director did not cut those seconds when they can hardly suppress laugh!
worth seeing just for Walken and Davi (by Snaporazz)
Really well done ! dug all the actors --Ray Stevenson did terrific job -- also the rest of the cast was fun and quirky --- among the standouts are Chris Walken and Robert Davi any film would be worth seeing just for them-- even in small roles these guys bring so much and are more versatile that a lot of the stock in play stereotypes ---Danny Greene story was true!! and that adds a lot -- but could have deepened some of the characters -- instead of perfunctory water color --one of the differences between the Godfather and this film and should be a lesson to writers and directors --treat <more>
supporting characters with same detail as the lead-- Tony LoBianco another Stand out
Because they could not film the movie in Cleveland, the only recognizable landmark in the film is Berkowitz-Kumin funeral home, which is seen for the burial of Alex Shondor Birns.The film gives credit to Paul Sciria, who used to be a radio newsman, and "Cleveland's 'Plain Dealer.' " But since the paper has long had no historical memory, I cannot figure out what the movie could have learned at 1801 Superior. In the movie, the PD reporter who investigated Danny Greens and the Longshoremen's Union is called Steve Marshak, and I can't figure out why it couldn't <more>
say Sam Marshall.When plans are made to kill Mike Frato, Greene voices his objection by saying, "He's got 10 kids." No mention in the film of Frato's three wives. Full disclosure: I lived two doors down from Beverly Frato and her five children for many years. You never get to see the inside of the PD's city room. You never see any PD people. And you are never shown Mairy Jayn Woge's turf, the Cleveland Mafia. You only see one after another of them get killed.The film ends with a clear indication that Greene was killed at 2000 Brainard Rd. in Lyndhurst, a building I always referred to as the Daniel Greene Memorial Building because it took months to scrape the last of Greene's body from the modern skyscraper. It's an entertaining movie, but it's not something you need to see to learn about Cleveland history. -- Stephen G. Esrati Plain Dealer retiree Dayton, OH 45410
Ray Stevenson is Danny Greene, an Irish mobster, active in the Cleveland underworld during the 1970s. Greene started as a union organizer and within a short time, won election to the presidency of the longshoreman's guild, which he ruled with an iron fist. He was eventually an FBI informant and was a Mafia enforcer at the same time.Greene became entangled with the traditional Italian-American La Cosa Nostra with his own crew of criminals who ran gambling operations in competition with the already established gangsters. A series of bomb explosions made Cleveland one of the most violent <more>
American cities of the era.The movie is brutal but also has great wit and Stevenson is as charming as can be as Danny Greene. The supporting cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, and all are as good as expected. This may very well be the best unknown and unseen crime drama ever released.