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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Troy Duffy
Produced by Chris Brinker
Don Carmody
Written by Troy Duffy
Starring Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus
Clifton Collins Jr.
Julie Benz
Judd Nelson
David Della Rocco
Peter Fonda
Billy Connolly
Music by Jeff Danna
Cinematography Miroslaw Baszak
Editing by Bill DeRonde
Paul Kumpata
Studio Stage 6 Films
Distributed by Apparition
Release date(s) October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)
(Boston premiere)
02009-10-30 October 30, 2009
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $10,115,258[1]
Preceded by The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is the 2009 sequel to 1999's The Boondock Saints. Written and directed by original Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus return to their roles, as well as several of the other actors from the first film.

Contents

Plot

It is revealed that after the MacManus brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), and their father Noah (Billy Connolly) assassinated Papa Joe Yakavetta, they fled to Ireland and remained in a secluded farmhouse for the past eight years. Their uncle Sibeal arrives to inform them that a renowned Boston priest they heard of was murdered by a mysterious assassin (Daniel DeSanto) who attempted to copycat their method. In response, the brothers dig up their old clothes and guns and prepare to depart back to Boston. On a freighter en route to Boston, they meet a Mexican fighter named Romeo (Clifton Collins, Jr.) who admires the saints and offers his resources in Boston if he is allowed to join them, and they accept. They hear a radio broadcast regarding Papa Joe's son Concezio Yakavetta (Judd Nelson) and deduce that he is the man who hired the hitman to kill the priest and draw them out of hiding.

Meanwhile, Detectives Dolly (David Ferry), Duffy (Brian Mahoney), and Greenly (Bob Marley) are at the scene of the priest's murder and become worried that their involvement in the murder of Papa Joe will be revealed. They are greeted by Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz), the protege of Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), and investigate the death of the priest. All four are correct in their assertion that it was not the Saints who murdered him, as the gun angles, exit wounds, and placement of pennies don't match their M.O., plus the fact that they don't kill the innocent. They begin an investigation to find a man of short stature who fits the description of the assassin and find that all signs point to Concezio Yakavetta, who is still angry over the circumstances of his father's murder. However, the assassin appears to be working for a mysterious old man, not Yakavetta, who apparently knows Noah and is trying to bring him out of hiding by having the brothers killed.

Connor, Murphy, and Romeo first hit a warehouse that is being used by an Asian gang to process heroin for Yakavetta. It ends up going sloppy, but Bloom discovers in the crime scene that the Saints have returned. Connor and Murphy reunite with their old bartender friend Doc (Gerard Parkes),and ask him for a spare room. In an attempt to find Yakavetta, Bloom visits a low level mob enforcer named Gorgeous George at a massage parlor, but he doesn't reveal anything. He later gets a visit at a tanning salon from Connor and Murphy regarding the assassin. He tells them he doesn't know who the assassin is because he was an independent contractor and not a part of Yakavetta's crew, but reveals that Yakavetta is hiding in the Prudential Tower.

The brothers and Romeo have George set up a meeting with a group of mobsters at Romeo's uncle's bar and the brothers use George as bait to distract the mobsters. They kill them by surprise and let George go for helping them. The mysterious assassin arrives to kill the brothers, but Bloom arrives and saves the brothers, hitting the hitman with two shots. Bloom introduces herself as an acquaintance of Smecker, who apparently died a few years ago, and reveals she's really there to assist them. They clean up the crime scene to make it look as if the mobsters had turned on each other. Bloom takes Dolly, Duffy, and Greenly to the bar where the boys are staying at and are greeted by surprise by them. The brothers, Bloom, and the detectives learn the identity of the assassin: a Sicilian immigrant named Ottilio Panza who was granted citizenship shortly after the attacks on 9/11 when the country was on high alert. They believe there is someone else pulling strings, as someone like Yakavetta would not be capable of doing this and the assassin just let the Saints take out the mobsters.

Yakavetta believes that the man he contacted about the assassin was trying to trick him, so he calls a meeting with his own crew to put more of his own people on the streets. However, during this meeting, the Saints arrive and kill Yakavetta and his crew with the help of the detectives. Bloom interrogates Yakavetta's right hand man, who was hiding during the attack, and learns that Panza was hired by an old man referred to as "The Roman" (Peter Fonda). At the bar, Greenly arrives to celebrate the boys' victory when he is unexpectedly shot and killed by Panza. Noah also arrives unexpectedly to ask Panza about the Roman's location. Panza refuses to tell him so Noah kills him. Disheartened about the loss of Greenly, Connor and Murphy have a dream about their deceased former companion Rocco (David Della Rocco), who encourages them to carry on and not to worry as he and Greenly were both proud to die for their cause.

Noah reveals that he knows who the Roman is. In 1950s New York, Noah worked for his father in a leather factory and watched a trio of mobsters brutally murder him in front of his eyes. Consumed with anger and wanting revenge, Noah killed the three mobsters with the help of his best friend Louie, who is revealed to be the Roman. Noah still felt unsatisfied, so Louie helped him pick out mobsters to kill and helped him design the prototype to his vest with six gun holsters. They continued this until 1975 when Louie gave Noah up to police and had him sent away for 25 years to life, and Noah wants to find out why.

Bloom illegally obtains a file regarding Louie's location and gives it to Noah before heading off the grid. Louie, anticipating Noah and the boys' arrival, calls an old friend for hitmen to protect him. When Noah arrives to talk to Louie at his mansion, Louie reveals that he was only interested in rising up the ranks of the mafia and was using Noah to eliminate the competition, afterward giving him up to the police when he was done. However, the mafia cast him out, but he helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Papa Joe's demise, and let the Saints take out the rest of the mafia so Louie can take control. The hitmen waiting to take out the Saints make their move, but the Saints take out every one of them, with Noah getting fatally wounded. With his last breath, Noah kills Louie and dies soon afterward. The police arrive and arrest Connor, Murphy, and Romeo.

At an unknown location, Bloom meets with Sibeal regarding a place to hide. Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) reveals to Bloom that he is indeed alive and that they (including the Saints) are part of something bigger. Smecker tells of plot to break the Saints out of Hoag Maximum Security Prison and have them do what they do on a larger scale. In the meantime, Connor and Murphy plot to kill as many fellow prisoners as they can while they wait to be freed.

Cast

Production

In late March 2002, Duffy posted a letter to fans of the first film, claiming that financial backing had been found for a sequel. It would reportedly have twice the budget of the original film, and experience a "theatrical release." According to the film's official website, the release date of the sequel The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day would be September 2005, though this never materialized. In an interview with IGN, Duffy explained the litigation with the company that controls the rights to the first film,[2] Duffy went on to express his, as well as most of the cast's, interest in making the sequel.

Everybody's back in except Willem Dafoe, [because] sometimes actors have their careers plotted out in different ways and he's sort of doing a different thing now. So he's the only one who won't be back. Bill Connolly, the brothers, Rocco, everybody's in and calling me every two weeks and asking when are we going to do this thing.[3]

In June 2006, it was announced that due to the success of The Boondock Saints on DVD, 20th Century Fox had agreed to finance a sequel.[4] In September 2006, a video—originally released for a one night showing in May 2006—was posted to the Boondocks website.[5] In this video, Duffy explains the legal issues of the sequel, confirms that the sequel will be made, and mentions a new project called The Good King. It announces that the film will have a theatrical release in the United States.

Troy Duffy posted a video on his YouTube account on March 17, 2008 (in possible accordance with the holiday St. Patrick's Day) which detailed that the sequel has been given a green light by Sony and is set to have the entire cast return with the exception of Willem Dafoe. This film will begin shooting summer of 2008 according to Duffy.[6]

On June 20, 2008, while being introduced at the Comedy Connection in Boston, Massachusetts, it was stated that comedian Bob Marley was currently in production of the sequel, reprising his role from the first film.

Pre-production on the film started in early September and the first day of shooting was October 20, 2008, and was filmed in Canada. Some scenes may be shot in Boston depending on the film's financing. Duffy has announced that there will be a lead female actress in the sequel (not a love interest). The sequel is supposed to take place 8 years after The Boondock Saints.

On October 29, 2008, Troy Duffy said that Julie Benz is the female lead and protégé of FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe's character from the first film), named Eunice. Troy Duffy has been keeping a video diary of the movie's progress on YouTube, with some of the shooting sequences, and "question and answer" segments from fans answered by the film's stars.[7]

On December 3, 2008, on the Lex and Terry Morning Radio Network, it was revealed that David Della Rocco will be back in a dream sequence, and that the film was being shot in Toronto, Canada. Troy Duffy later clarified on his YouTube video diary during the "Fan Questions: Part 2" segment that David Della Rocco, known as "Roc" in the original Boondock Saints film, will be appearing in the sequel, "in a fantasy sequence and a dream sequence" and that "his spirit and his soul in many ways guides the brothers" in the second film.[8] Peter Fonda and Judd Nelson are also part of the cast. Nelson plays Concezio Yakavetta, the son of Don "Papa" Joe Yakavetta from the first film.[9]

On December 9, 2008, a video was posted to YouTube showing the final day of the shoot.[10]

Implying the release may be as early as fall 2009, Clifton Collins Jr. told MTV,

"It was going to be released on All Saints Day, because [the film] is called ‘All Saints Day’ ... But now, what I'm hearing is they want to release it earlier, because it's pretty hot."[11]

As of May 27, 2009, promotional stills and trailers were sent to the studio executives [12]

On June 27, 2009, IMDB posted an article saying that the first official trailer would be aired at the San Diego Comic-Con 2009.[13]

On August 17, 2009, Troy Duffy confirmed the trailer release date of August 19, 2009 and the film release on Halloween weekend. This report however proved to be false and on August 24, Duffy had stated that Sony ran into a snag with the trailer release.

After weeks of misinformation, the trailer was officially released online on September 2, 2009 via IGN.com[14] while the film's release date was confirmed on the official website as October 30, 2009.[15]

On October 5, 2009, a series of production photos and a poster were released to the public exclusively through MTV.[16]

On October 17, 2009, a complete theater release listing was posted on the official website which consists of only a limited 67 theaters nationwide, all of which are located specifically in the Northeastern and Western areas of the continental US.[17]

Due to considerable success of the film on opening weekend and fan demand, the film will be released in major cities on Friday, November 13. [18]

On Monday, November 16, Screendaily.com reported that the film would further expand on Wednesday, November 25 and again on Friday, December 4. [19]

On Saturday, November 21, the Official Website hosted by Sony Pictures was taken down and replaced by a registration form for updates and newsletters from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A few days later it was brought back and is now set there for future theater listings for Nov. 25 and Dec. 4

Sequel

In an October 27 article, director Troy Duffy and actor Billy Connolly mention details regarding a possible sequel. They maintained that "it is slowly in the works and is still just an idea". Duffy insists that he wants to get a few more of his films done before returning to the Boondock Saints. The article also mentions a possible comic detailing events preceding the first film, such as a more in depth exploration of Il Duce and his rise to prominence. [20]

Reception

The film has received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 22% of 41 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.2 out of 10. The site's general consensus is that "This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited."[21] Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 13%, based on a sample of 16 reviews.[22] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 24 based on 16 reviews.[23] Fan reception of this film though has been positive. According to Fandango 85% fan reviews were positive.[24] "All I can really say is that if liking a movie where two guys swing off of ropes tied to a building into a window with guns blazing and proceed to slide across the floor on their knees while shredding mobsters with bullets and a beautiful woman in a cowboy outfit walks between them firing her gun as a Mexican bursts through the door with silver and gold plated guns that have the Mexican flag on them is wrong, then I don't want to be right."

References

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  2. ^ "Interview: Troy Duffy". IGN. http://dvd.ign.com/articles/708/708836p1.html. Retrieved 2006-12-02.  
  3. ^ "Interview: Troy Duffy pg. 2". IGN pg 2. http://dvd.ign.com/articles/708/708836p2.html. Retrieved 2006-12-14.  
  4. ^ "Boondock Boom". Empire. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=18961. Retrieved 2006-11-28.  
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  7. ^ "Boondock II: All Saints Day (Day 7 of shooting, Female Lead Revealed.)". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7F-Xx3fbrM. Retrieved 2008-10-29.  
  8. ^ "Fan Questions: Part 2". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxlIBl262DU. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  9. ^ Coll, Kevin (2008-12-06). "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Live Webcast". Fusedfilm.com. http://fusedfilm.com/2008/12/boondock-saints-ii-live-webcast/. Retrieved 2009-07-09.  
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  22. ^ "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Cream of the Crop)". IGN Entertainment. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boondock_saints_ii_all_saints_day/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2009-12-25.  
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