Kill The Irishman

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Kill the Irishman (alternatively known as Bulletproof Gangster) is a 2011 American biographical crime film directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, and starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer. Written by Hensleigh (along... read more
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Kill the Irishman (alternatively known as Bulletproof Gangster) is a 2011 American biographical crime film directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, and starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer. Written by Hensleigh (along with Jeremy Walters), it is based on the life of Irish-American gangster Danny Greene, and was adapted from the book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello. Before entering production, Kill the Irishman had a troubled development stage that lasted over a decade. Production commenced in 2009, with filming taking place in and around Detroit. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Danny Greene. He worked as a longshoreman in the Cleveland docks, until being chosen to serve as interim president in 1961. In 1964, he was convicted of embezzling $11,500 of the union's funds. After his conviction, Greene rose through the criminal underworld in Cleveland, and waged war on the Mafia for control of the city. After many failed attempts, Greene was assassinated on October 6, 1977 by contract killer Ray Ferritto. His death ultimately led to the demise of the Cleveland Mafia. Released in the United States on March 11, 2011, Kill the Irishman premiered at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City. Most of the cast, including Stevenson and D’Onofrio, were in attendance. Shondor Birns' niece was also present. The film was met with mixed-positive reviews upon release, but some criticized the purported similarities to Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. Kill the Irishman grossed $1,188,194 at the domestic box office, against a production budget of $12 million.

Original Release

03/10/2011

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Cast

Ray Stevenson Danny Greene
Vincent D'Onofrio John Nardi
Val Kilmer Joe Manditski
Christopher Walken Shondor Birns
Paul Sorvino Tony Salerno
Linda Cardellini Joan Madigan
Tony Darrow Mikey Mendarolo
Robert Davi Ray Ferritto
Fionnula Flanagan Grace O'Keefe
Bob Gunton Jerry Merke
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jonathan Hensleigh

Writers

Jonathan Hensleigh, Rick Porrello, Jeremy Walters

Cast

Ray Stevenson Danny Greene
Vincent D'Onofrio John Nardi
Val Kilmer Joe Manditski
Christopher Walken Shondor Birns
Paul Sorvino Tony Salerno
Linda Cardellini Joan Madigan
Tony Darrow Mikey Mendarolo
Robert Davi Ray Ferritto
Fionnula Flanagan Grace O'Keefe
Bob Gunton Jerry Merke
Jason Butler Harner Art Sneperger
Vinnie Jones Keith Ritson
Tony Lo Bianco Jack Licavoli
Laura Ramsey Ellie O'Hara
Steve Schirripa Mike Frato (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Mike Starr Leo 'Lips' Moceri
Marcus Thomas William 'Billy' McComber
Vinny Vella Frank Brancato (as Vinny Vella Sr.)
Brian Balzerini Valet
Cody Christian Young Danny Greene

Producers

Jonathan Dana Executive Producer
Tara Reid Executive Producer
Rick Porrello Executive Producer
Arthur Sarkissian Executive Producer
Peter Miller Executive Producer
Al Corley Producer
Bart Rosenblatt Producer
Eugene Musso Producer
Tommy Reid Producer
Tara Reid Producer
Karen Jo Irvin Producer
John Leonetti Producer
Kim Olsen Producer
George Pérez Producer
Tom Reid Jr. Producer
Arthur Sarkissian Producer
Jeff Spilman Producer
Jeff Stern Producer
Jeremy Walters Producer
Josh Cowell Producer

Editors

Douglas Crise

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