Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery & David Della Rocca, “Boondock Saints,” Coming to
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|The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American/Canadian crime thriller film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as Catholic Irish fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become vigilantes after killing two members of the Russian Mafia in self-defense. After both experiencing an epiphany, the brothers, together with their friend David Della Rocco, set out to rid their home city of Boston, Massachusetts of crime and evil; all the while being pursued by FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe).|
Duffy indicates that the screenplay was inspired by personal experience, while living in Los Angeles. The film experienced a limited theatrical release of only five theaters for one week, and was met with poor critical reviews; but the film has grossed about $50 million in domestic video sales. It proved divisive among viewers, ultimately developing a large cult following. The ending credit sequence, which features the media asking the people of Boston, “Are the ‘saints’ good or evil?,” was shot by Mark Brian Smith.