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The Irishman (2019)

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A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Charles Brandt (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Frank Sheeran
Al Pacino ... Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci ... Russell Bufalino
Harvey Keitel ... Angelo Bruno
Ray Romano ... Bill Bufalino
Bobby Cannavale ... Skinny Razor
Anna Paquin ... Older Peggy Sheeran
Stephen Graham ... Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Irene Sheeran
Jack Huston ... Robert Kennedy / RFK
Kathrine Narducci ... Carrie Bufalino
Jesse Plemons ... Chuckie O'Brien
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Fat Tony Salerno
Paul Herman ... Whispers DiTullio
Gary Basaraba ... Frank 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
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Storyline

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language and strong violence. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

German | English | Italian | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Heard You Paint Houses See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$159,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$961,224
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Sheeran measured in at 6'4", almost 6" taller than the man portraying him, Robert De Niro. Some techniques like"forced perspective" and shoe lifts helped maintain the illusion of Sheeran's hulking frame. Similar techniques were used in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), for the titular character also portrayed by Robert De Niro. See more »

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The Cessna plane that Frank flies in to Detroit in 1975, with a registration number N212RV, was not built or certified to fly until 1979. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Sheeran: [narrating] 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.
Frank Sheeran: One of a thousand working stiffs... until I wasn't no more. And then I started painting houses... myself.
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Tuxedo Junction
Written by William Johnson, Erskine Hawkins, Julian Dash and Buddy Feyne
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Almost Perfection
30 November 2019 | by Her-ExcellencySee all my reviews

Other reviewers at the top, when sorted by Helpfulness, have already covered much of what makes this film so exceptionally good. As such, and knowing that I have a tendency to sometimes exceed the number of allowed characters, I'd like to add just a couple of small things.

First, the sets and costuming were near perfection. Every SINGLE piece of clothing which the characters wore, down to cuff-links, handbags, hair pins and shoes were of the era. That kind of meticulous detail can only bode well for a film. If the creators care enough about the small details, imagine what they do with the big ones.

Secondly, in many films now, where there is a well-known and varied cast, you find that the screen time each devotes in comparison to the film run time, really leaves a little to be desired. That is not the case here. Almost every second of every scene is filled with one or more of these masterful actors, actually acting. Performing. Pulling you in to the world they are creating. All, without the need of heavy CGI or filler. As Hoffa might say: they get right down to brass tacks - and, pardon the pun, deliver.

DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel. Enough said. Leave politics at the door, and enjoy.

Excellent film all around.


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