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Paddy Whacked: The Irish Mob (History Channel)


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  • Actors: T.J. English, Edward McDonald, Timothy J. Cox, Stephen Beach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDIB3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long before the Mafia Murder Inc. and the African-American gangster "Paddy" was plundering and pilfering the stars and stripes. Once called the "National Scourge" "The Shame of the Cities" and "The White Man's Burden" the Irish rose from hellish beginnings riddled with disease vice and death. The Potato Famine or "Ireland's Genocide" had wiped out a third of their population--America offered hope. They arrived in swarms starving and destitute with their notorious Celtic stubbornness and toughness. In a land where man had to fight for his piece of the pie and fight harder to keep it "Paddy" was almost unbeatable. From the 19th century gang wars to the 20th century wars with the Italians "Paddy" whacked their way to a mythical status. We trace the legacy of the Irish Mob deeply rooted in the diabolical power trio of "Gangster Politician and Lawman" feeding and festering off one another.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Walko on August 31, 2009
With all respect to the only other reviewer J Bryce, giving this documentary one star because of segments recreated with actors is like saying a major league baseball game is terrible because of the music and videos on the scoreboard. The History Channel frequently uses actors in its documenteries, mostly because photos or film of the people do not exist. Paddy Whacked: The Irish Mob is excellent, and tells the tale of the early Irish immigrants and their rise to power through politics, law enforcement, and Tammany Hall. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katelynn Drudge on January 15, 2010
This documentary, based on T.J. English's extremely enjoyable non-fiction "Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster", starts at the end. The attempt to bookend the hour with the story of Whitey Bulger (a frankly uninspiring figure compared to some of the others we meet in the course of the documentary) confused me until I remembered the flurry of Bulger and Southie-related media that sprung up around the time, mostly inspired by the Departed and other gangster movies released within a few months of each other. Once I figured that out, I was able to sit back and enjoy getting re-acquainted with a few historical miscreants that I first met when I picked up the book in college.

The documentary itself misses a few of the most memorable anecdotes from the book, and lacks the engaging true-crime prose that English did very well. But in general, it's a pretty good overview although it does loose track of its own thesis once or twice.

You would be better served by spending your hard-earned cash on the book, which delves deeper and includes photos, and waiting for St. Patrick's Day when this is sure to make a re-air on the History Channel or its crime-oriented sister channel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Saelens on February 27, 2012
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When I watch a documentary, my first interest is in being informed, not entertained. I bought this video because I already had the book and wanted more research materials for a novel on Irish mobs in Chicago that I'm currently working on. If I wanted pure entertainment, I would've watch "Gangs of New York" and probably learned more in the process than I did from this dreck.

Whether using actors is common or not, that doesn't make it the right thing to do. Especially when so much good-quality archival footage is available. This tells me one of two things -- the producers are obviously too cheap to obtain video rights, or (most probably) they were more interested in style than in substance. That's a big complaint I have about the History Channel in general over the past few years. It might be good from a business perspective, but stop trying to pass it off as documentary material, but rather the docudramas they really are.

Beyond that, the narrator grated on my nerves (kept trying to sound like a tough guy), the program was short on facts, and looks like it was thrown together on a whim.

Then again, I shouldn't be surprised when I see what the History Channel offers as regular programming (Pawn Stars, Ice Road Truckers, etc.).
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By Gia on May 12, 2014
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My husband, a proud Irishman and history buff from NY, had wanted this for a long time and we couldn't find it. He was thrilled to receive this as a gift and has watched it many times. If you liked the movie, Gangs of NY, and wanted more background history, this DVD really fills in the blanks of the actual happenings during that time period. Would be interested in similar products and would buy again from this vendor.
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