Monday, February 21, 2011


By D.E.Levine

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters (screenplay); Rick Porrello (book "To Kill the Irishman")
Cast: Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini, Christopher Walken, Laura Ramsey, Ray Stevenson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bob Gunton, Paul Sorvino, Robert Davi, et al.
Producers: Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Tommy Reid and Bart Rosenblatt
Executive Producers: Jonathan Dana, Peter Miller and Tara Reid
Co-producer: John Leonetti, Kim Olsen, George Perez, Tom Reid Jr., Jeff Spilman and Jeff Stern
Original Music: Patrick Cassidy
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Country of Origin:
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Suspense

I learned a lot of history from this film. For instance, I never knew there was a huge turf war between the Italian mafia and the Irish mobsters in Cleveland, Ohio during the summer of 1976.

History, upon which this film is based, shows that during the summer of 1976 36 bombs were detonated in Cleveland.

The story is about Greene, an Irish touch working on the docks and his rise to enforcer for the local mob.

Turning on his benefactor, a loan shark, and allying himself with a local gangster, Greene stops following mafia orders and pursues his own path to power.

It seems that everyone tried to kill Greene and he kept surviving their assassination attempts. His fearlessness in taking on the mafia eventually led to the mafia's collapse throughout the United States.