Bloody and unbowed, the Boondock Saints are back
'The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day' finally makes it to the big screen
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After a 10-year wait that felt like an eternity, the moment that Irish Americans have been waiting for has finally arrived: the Boondock Saints are back with a bang.
“Boondock Saints II” has finally made it to the big screen, and the film’s legions of fans have been showing up in their thousands to the sequel’s premiers.
Connor and Murphy MacManus, played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, have put a hold on their vigilante lifestyles and have been hiding out on a sheep farm in Ireland with their father, Noah ‘Il Duce’ MacManus, played by famous Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly.
But when news is delivered that the Saints have been framed for the murder of a Boston priest, the brothers drop their potatoes, grab their guns, replace their Aran sweaters with pea coats, and head back to the U.S. to take care of business in the name of Catholic truth and justice.
A bit kitschy? Perhaps.
But Irish-American director Troy Duffy is in the business of giving the thousands of diehard “Boondock” fans what they want, which is precisely what “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” accomplishes.
“We wanted to do an honest job here,” Duffy told IrishCentral.com in an interview on Tuesday. “This fan base means a sh*tload to us. They made this film successful, and we were basically abandoned by Hollywood. So we did it for them.”
The abandonment Duffy refers to is movie execs’ decision to release the original “Boondock Saints” to just five cinemas in 2000, and Duffy says he and the actors hardly saw a dime of profit from DVD sales.
Legal problems are also what delayed the sequel from being made until 10 years after the original, according to the director.
But the Irish are not ones to back down from a fight, and thanks to the millions of fans who bought the DVD and catapulted the film to cult classic status, we now have “Boondock Saints II.”
“You made this. The fans made this,” Billy Connolly told the excited crowd at the movie’s New York premiere on October 20.
Though 1999’s “The Boondock Saints” didn’t receive glowing reviews from critics, Americans were obsessed with it, and it became an instant cult hit.
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