The Boondock Saints
“The Boondock Saints” went from the hottest script in Hollywood to a pathetic five-theater release, to one of the biggest cult classics of the late ’90s. But does Troy Duffy’s underground hit film live up to all the hype, or was it just a weird byproduct of an edgy era?
Listener Jim L. from London wired some money across the pond to commission this shoot-em-up episode of Shat The Movies, exposing Big D to his first taste of The Saints in action.
Did you know Duffy originally wanted Mark Wahlberg, Kenneth Branagh, and even Robert De Niro in this movie? Gene did. Did you know there’s some lovely side dick? Rog did. Did you know “The Boondock Saints” paved the way for “John Wick” to be made? It’s not a fact, but Gene’s pretty sure of it.
Also explore whether “The Boondock Saints” is loosely based on Kevin Smith’s “Dogma,” what constitutes telegraphing homosexuality, and Duffy’s surprisingly artistic use of slow motion.”
Plot Summary: “The Boondock Saints” Tired of the crime overrunning the streets of Boston, Irish Catholic twin brothers Conner (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.
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