Kill the Irishman

March 11th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 106 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini, Christopher Walken, Ray Stevenson, Laura Ramsey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Robert Davi, Bob Gunton, Jeff Chase, Fionnula Flanagan, Steve Schirripa, Mike Starr, Cody Christian, Jason Butler Harner , Tony Lo Bianco, Marcus Thomas, Vinny Vella, Lise Lacasse, Arthur Cartwright, Jimmy Doom, John Hawkinson, Richard Jewell, Vincent Angelini, Sean O'Reilly, Frankie Potochick
  • Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Jeremy Walters, Rick Porrello
  • Producers: Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Tommy Reid, Bart Rosenblatt
  • Co Producers: John Leonetti, Kim Olsen, George Perez, Tom Reid Jr., Jeff Spilman, Jeff Stern
  • Executive Producers: Jonathan Dana, Peter Miller, Rick Porrello, Tara Reid
  • Art Direction: Gary Baugh
  • Castings: J.C. Cantu, Mary Vernieu
  • Costume Design: Melissa Bruning
  • D.O.P.: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
  • Editor: Douglas Crise
  • Makeup: Kimberly Jones
  • Music: Patrick Cassidy
  • Production Design: Patrizia von Brandenstein
  • Set Decoration: Joan MacFarlane


The Irishman chronicles the rise and fall of infamous Cleveland gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), who engaged in a power struggle with the Italian mob. Greene was as an upstart longshoreman union rep and later became a cocky, legendarily difficult-to-kill troublemaker in the world of organized crime in the 1970s.

Based on the real story of mobster Danny Greene, Christoper Walken will play the loan shark and nightclub owner Shondor Birns and Val Kilmer is a Cleveland police detective who befriends Greene.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Detroit, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity
  • Production Companies: Code Entertainment, Dundee Entertainment, Sweet William Productions
  • Production Schedule: May 2009 - June 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Though it took over a decade to get the screen rights, and international sales were brisk, it has taken some time for this American-Irish crime drama to lock down a domestic release date and even then it's through distributor Anchor Bay Films who only do limited theatrical runs. It's a shame really as the true life story is one of gangland's most colourful, with the titular Danny Greene himself such a larger than life character.

Countless cars and buildings were demolished during his warfare with the Cleveland mafia who were quite powerful at the time, while he himself thwarted various attempts on his life which only made him more resolute. He also wasn't some do-good crusader, Greene had no problem killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation. His ability to survive and his fearlessness led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the country.

Shot early 2009 in Detroit where it used the famed Tigers Stadium for a week of shooting right before it was demolished, the film is directed by Jonathan Hensleigh who is most noted for his action screenplays ("Armageddon," "The Saint," "Die Hard: With a Vengeance") but did direct both 2004's "The Punisher" and the "Cannibal Holocaust" homage "Welcome to the Jungle" which sadly went direct-to-DVD.

The cast is awash with veteran wiseguy talent including Val Kilmer, Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, and Robert Davi. The film's trailer released a month ago actually looks like fun, but with the release date it has and the general delays, there's a gnawing feeling that this probably won't live up to its full potential."

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