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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 61. The Boondock Saints (1999)

August 15, 2011

61. The Boondock Saints [DVD] (1999)

Plot: On the trail of the assailants behind the brutal murder of Russian thugs, FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) discovers the killers are Irish twin brothers Connor and Murphy McManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) who believe they’ve been chosen by God to rid the world of evil.

As the brothers unleash more brutality on Boston’s criminals, Smecker finds himself torn between busting the vigilantes… and joining them!

Also Starring: Billy ConnollyDavid Della RoccoDavid FerryBrian MahoneyBob MarleyRichard Fitzpatrick
Written and Directed by: Troy Duffy
Length: 108 min
Budget: $6,000,000
Gross Revenue: $30,471

Brothers. Killers. Saints. (tagline)

Review: This is perhaps the movie that has surprised me the most. I rented it on VHS about ten years ago and expected a dime a dozen action movie, but instead I was completely blown away. It was smart, funny, violent, well acted and super cool. Never before had I realized how cool smoking looked, both cigarettes AND people.

Favorite Quote:
[after Rocco gets his finger shot off]
Rocco: Feels like it’s still there.
Connor: Yeah, well it’s not.

I don’t think this movie is as widely known as the other movies on this list, but I believe it should be. Not only is it a great movie, but the story of how it got made is great too.

It can be seen in the documentary Overnight [DVD], where we follow director Troy Duffy from the moment the script was bought by producer Harvey Weinstein.

I haven’t seen it myself yet, but I’m definitely going to order a copy. According to reviews Troy Duffy acts like a real asshole throughout the entire film and that sounds like it’s going to be a great watch.

But don’t miss out on this one either…

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Kevin Spacey was the original choice for Paul Smecker. Patrick SwayzeStephen Dorff, and Robert De Niro also passed to be in the film.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 62. Airplane! (1980)

CRITERIA FOR MAKING THIS LIST

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