The Boondock Saints

November 19th, 1999

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The Boondock Saints

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Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.8/10 (114,754 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Troy Duffy

Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus

Two Irish brothers accidentally killed mafia thugs. They turned themselves in and were released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and started knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he was to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.

Willem Dafoe - Paul Smecker
Sean Patrick Flanery - Connor MacManus
Norman Reedus - Murphy MacManus
David Della Rocco - Rocco
Billy Connolly - Il Duce
David Ferry - Detective Dolly
Brian Mahoney - Detective Duffy
Bob Marley - Detective Greenly
Richard Fitzpatrick - The Chief
William Young - Monsignor
Robert Pemberton - Macklepenny
Bill Craig - McGerkin
Dot Jones - Rosengurtle Baumgartener (as Dorothy-Marie Jones)
Scott Griffith - Ivan Checkov
Layton Morrison - Vladdy

Taglines: The MacManus Brothers aren't angels, they're just sent from heaven to make life a hell for all sinners


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Release Date: 19 November 1999

Filming Locations: Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,930 (USA) (21 January 2000) (5 Screens)

Gross: $25,812 (USA) (28 January 2000)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | South Korea: (cut)

Did You Know?

Body count: 33

Continuity: When Conner is ripping the toilet out of the ground, the top gets chipped at the front and at the side. But when you see the top view of him carrying the toilet it's not chipped.

[first lines]
Mackiepenny: Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, the glory, now and forever. Amen.

User Review

The Saints Come Marching In!


The Boondock Saints is one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in my years of watching indies, and it proves conclusively that you don't need a massive budget to do a terrific action film!

Two blue-collar Boston Irish brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, who are both terrific!) rid their favorite pub of an influx of Russian gangsters, and soon decide they are on a Mission from God to execute all the 'heavy hitter' criminals from the city. While this makes them local heroes, it also sets sympathetic detective Willem Dafoe on their trail.

The story is reminiscent of the 'Death Wish' series, without the glossy superficiality of the Bronson films. At times funny, at times disturbing, it never loses momentum, with a twist ending is both satisfying and thoroughly insane!

While the violence is graphic, the story is character-driven, and never allows the executions to overwhelm the plot. You actually like the brothers, and may be hard-pressed NOT to root for them, even if you do feel a bit guilty about it!

The Boondock Saints is a fabulous film, one that deserves your attention!

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