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Throwback Thursday: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with ‘The Boondock Saints’ (1999)

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, we decided it was fitting to do this week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ on The Boondock Saints!

This cult classic follows Irish Catholic fraternal twins, Conner (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) MacManus, as they wage war against the Russian mafia in their hometown of Boston. Written and directed by Troy Duffy, the film and has garnered quite a large fan base over the years, since it originally released in 1999.

On their quest to cleanse the neighborhoods of evil, the brothers rely on their faith and enlist the help of their friend, Rocco (David Della Rocco). Throughout the movie, FBI Agent, Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), trails only a few steps behind them. Dafoe’s character becomes increasingly intrigued with the vigilantes as he works his way through each crime scene. The brothers manage to get themselves into numerous sticky situations and leave behind an impressive body count. At one point, a hit man, II Duce (Billy Connolly), also pursues them!

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Despite numerous casting dilemmas, the release of the movie coinciding with the Columbine High School massacre, and distributor disagreements, the film still managed to be a hit with viewers.

Watch the original movie’s trailer below!

In 2009, exactly 10 years from the first film’s release, a sequel titled, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day came out. Watch its trailer below!

As for a rumored third movie, are you still holding hope that it will happen someday? I know I am!

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