The Irishman

The Irishman

Blu-ray Disc - 2020
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An epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the twentieth century. Left behind by the world, former hit man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran looks back from a nursing home on his life's journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa to the rift that forced him to choose between the two.

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kidparco
Jun 14, 2021

Magisterial. With another variation on the gangster genre, Martin Scorsese takes his place alongside John Ford, who defined the western across several decades. The deliberate pacing suits the protagonist's persona--this is a tale told by an old and unreliable narrator who realizes, too late, that he has lost his biological family by committing himself to other families--organized crime, labor unions. A moving character study of Frank Sheeran, played beautifully by Robert DeNiro, "The Irishman" also features captivating, convincing performances in the secondary roles. Plus, the film offers a hitman's tour through major historical events of the 20th century--World War II, postwar prosperity and anxiety, the JFK administration and assassination. One of the essential Scorsese pictures.

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BASLM
Apr 12, 2021

Great cast! Very engaging and funny at times. Interesting tie-ins to Kennedy family and their impact on the underworld.

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hammer59
Apr 03, 2021

Time to put Scorcese out to pasture for making this STINKER! And WTF is up with the ham-handed performance by Pacino??? This pathetic bomb reeked of caricature and buffoonery---it is truly embarrassing to live in a country that applauds such ignorant dreck. Hard pass on this crap.

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howeshound
Mar 27, 2021

Disappointing. A great cast, well-acted, but the story meanders and sprawls. Secondary characters appear and disappear with little impact on the narrative and the whole thing feels directionless. For me, it was like watching Apocalypse Now Redux instead of Coppola's first version, where you could understand how and why the director tightened it up. It's not a problem of length, there are plenty of longer films that grip from beginning to end and Scorsese usually has a firm grip on pacing. Here, the story tends to get lost in footnotes and sidebars, and you feel like you're watching a series of vignettes, interesting in themselves but struggling to add up to a compelling structure.

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vickmeister
Feb 14, 2021

Here we find Scorsese right smack in his comfort zone with this sweeping tale of mob associate Frank Sheeran and his relationship with ill-fated union leader Jimmy Hoffa, done in the familiar autobiographical style he perfected with "GoodFellas." Unsurprisingly, De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci all turn in excellent performances, as well as the fine supporting cast. I always find it fun to see faces familiar to me from other Scorsese works. I found it a little slow to get started, but once it gets going, you will be on the edge of your seat as we move through decades of history that intertwines with mafia influence. I did think that it was a little too long and dragged in various spots. It was also hard for me to remember that the very Italian De Niro and Pacino were playing non-Italians and so some of the dialogue gets confusing! But overall an excellent film.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

Added quotes today and comment below was posted on Dec 05, 2020:

An epic film that stars some of the best known wiseguy actors in cinema history. While it is an American mob story on the rise of a hit man and the fictional account of the 1975 Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, it is also a rich recap on crime and US politics in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on the real-life Frank Sheeran’s (1920 - 2003) confessions, as told to writer Charles Brandt for the 2004 book "I Heard You Paint Houses." Suggest to take a look at the De-aging filming technique in the Special features.

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Maoisdead
Jan 10, 2021

Martin Scorsese makes another great and captivating movie. This movie is amazing and I highly suggest you see it.

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tuffduff
Dec 25, 2020

3 1/2 hour masterpiece allows Scorsese time to flesh out characters in this unhurried
decades-long mob epic. Fantastic aging film technology allows DeNIro, Pacino, and Pesci [ in his most subdued role ] to each give their best performances in 30 years! Attention to detail is extraordinary.

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margarita89
Mar 02, 2020

Proof that DeNiro's still got IT!

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

Warning -- Lotsa profanity and racial slurs:

And when you did something for Russ, you did it yourself. Like Russ used to say... "When I ask somebody to take care of something for me, I expect them to take care of it themselves. I don't need two roads coming back to me."
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(And when they say they're more than a little concerned, they're desperate.) I want this fucking place bombed, burnt, torched, whatever the fuck you have to do. You were in the war. You know what to do. Leave that fucking place like you left Berlin. Burnt to the fucking ground. I want them out of fucking business.
-Who... Who are they?
It's the Cadillac Linen Service in Delaware. It's run by a bunch of Jews. Let them collect their insurance, which I'm sure they have plenty, and leave this fucking other place alone, the one I'm involved in.
-This ain't ten grand.
It's two grand. When you put these Jew fucking washerwomen out of business, then you get the rest of your money.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

The hit P1 of 2:
Now, for something like this, you're gonna need two guns. The one you're gonna use and a backup. You want something with more stopping power than a .22. You definitely don't want a silencer. You want to make a lot of noise to make the witnesses run away so they ain't gonna be looking at you. But not the noise a .45 makes 'cause that makes too much noise, and a patrol car can hear it a few blocks away at least. The cops call a .32 a woman's gun because it's easier to handle and don't do the damage a .38 does, but, you know, it does enough. It would be late, so the tourists from Idaho wouldn't be there. They'd be in bed. And him being down there in Little Italy, maybe he'd be more comfortable, more relaxed. It was his birthday so he'd be there with his wife and his kid which, in this case, that's good because that's the point. They should have to see what it's like. He'd already been drinking, which would have slowed him down a lot.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

The hit P2 of 2:
His bodyguard would be with him and Joey himself could be carrying, too, but then the piece would be in his wife's purse probably. You never got a lot of advance notice. All you knew was your part of it. John the Redhead knew only one thing: he was gonna drop me off, circle the block and pick me up. You wanna take out the bodyguard first. Not kill him. Don't kill him, just disable him. You got no argument with him, so, not in the face or the chest. Sometimes, with something like this, you might want to go to the bathroom first. It gives you a chance to make sure nobody followed you in. It also gives you a chance to make sure nobody is in the bathroom you have to worry about. It also gives you a chance to go to the bathroom. You don't want to be uncomfortable. But I went before, and in a place this small, this late, you might as well just get to work.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

He has done it as a driver, he has done it as an organizer, and I don't think many of you here know this, but Frank holds a record. It's most arrests on the picket line.
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I did not realize that Mr. Howard Hunt worked most of the time while he was at the White House in the plumbers unit until after June... He's a rat. But he's a smart rat.
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Standing by me. What the fuck does that mean? Standing by me ain't the same thing
as doing something about some out-of-control fucking psycho!
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Yeah, "you people." That's what you said. Right, Jim? "You people." Am I beneath you?
-Definitely.
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Don't forget, "you people" got you where you are.
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The secret is they steam them in beer. There ain't a better hot dog in America.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

Listen to me. At the end, there's only one thing that's real. This is my union. This is my union, Frank.
-Very simple when you say it that way.
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If something funny happens to me... they're done. You understand that? And they know it. Because I got files. I got proof. I got records. I got tapes. Any time I want, they'll be gone. These Guinea motherfuckers will spend the rest of their lives in jail, and they know it. They know it.
-But what you're saying is what they're concerned about.
What I'm saying is I know things. I know things they don't know I know.
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you're gonna have to talk to him and tell him it's what it is.
-What it is?
Yes. It's what they want. It's where it's gotten.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

A fish? The seat is wet from a fish?
-Yeah, I know. What do you want me to do about it now?
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What kind of fish?
-What?
What kind of fish?
-Uh... I don't know. The kind you eat. A fish.
You don't know what kind?
-No. I don't.
Where did you get it?
-What the fuck. At a fish place.
What, you just go in there and say, "Gimme a fish"?
-Pretty much. Yeah.
You didn't say you want a salmon, you want a... haddock, you want a... a fucking cod?
-What the fuck does it matter what kind of fish it was? Why are you so concerned
about this fish?
I'm just trying to understand how-- Does it... how a person can buy a fish and not know what kind it was.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2021

When I was young, I thought house painters painted houses. What did I know? I was a working guy. A business agent for Teamster Local 107 out of South Philly. One of a thousand working stiffs... until I wasn't no more. And then... I started painting houses... myself.
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Jimmy, you gotta sit down. Everybody says so.
-But there's no point. There's only one point, I don't wanna do it and I'm not gonna do it.
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Any remorse for the families?
-I... I didn't know the families. I didn't know 'em. Except one I knew. I think we can... we can be sorry... We can be sorry even when we don't feel sorry.
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Sooner or later, everybody put here has a date when he's gonna go. That's just the way it is. And I think there's gotta be something when you go 'cause, I mean, how the hell did this whole thing start? People smarter than me can't figure it out. That's why I would never go for cremation because it's so... it's so final.

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books4joan
Nov 14, 2020

i DETEST CHANGES Y OU JUST GET USED TO ONE AND THEN COMES ANOTHER

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