Southie 1999 R CC

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(33) IMDb 5.2/10

Three years ago when Danny Quinn left Southie, a tough Irish working-class neighborhood in South Boston, he left behind a world of crime and betrayal. Upon his return, Danny is forced to make a risky decision.

Starring:
Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director John Shea
Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan
Supporting actors Anne Meara, Lawrence Tierney, John Shea, Jimmy Cummings, Will Arnett, Amanda Peet, Jere Shea, Josh Marchette, Steven Kozlowski, Jay Giannone, Robert Wahlberg, David Fitzgerald, Steve Sweeney, Lenny Clarke, Sue Costello, Brian Goodman, Mary Flavin, Jeffery Cook
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I have watched the movie over 10 times and still enjoy watching it.
Elizabeth G
Lawrence Tierney as an old Southie crime boss and Anne Meara as the Quinn mom give strong performances as well.
Mickey Ryan
Southie is more gritty with a story line that's just as good as those others.
Noel McKinney

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By CeadMailleFaite on January 22, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Although while not cinematically the greatest film, this is a good film. I was prompted to review based on other reviewers, particularly those with "close ties" to Southie or who've never been there, regarding the authenticity of the way life is in Southie. This movie is so true to how "died in the wool" Southie Irish families are that I found myself at one point wondering whether I knew any of these characters from back in the day! They certainly reminded me of a lot of the guys I used to date in high school and their families. Also, the Irish mob is very present in Southie and yes, it's mostly backroom stuff. Just ask anyone who plays the numbers! They are a backroom, leather jacket, scully wearing bunch of scary guys. This is a very accurate representation of many of the families and folks in Southie (trying not to generalize of course). Also, the fact that most of the actors are from Boston helped keep the accent believable. Ya, Boston accents are annoying, but they are ten times worse when someone is faking it. So if you are looking for an independent film, a modern day gangster film that will give you a pretty true to life glimpse at the South Boston culture, you'll probably like this film.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: DVD
After watching 'Southie' I was surprised at its low rating on the IMDb; and somewhat puzzled because almost everyone who took the time to post a comment found it an excellent film. Although in overall effect it is not on the level of 'Mean Streets', it a still a very solid production; on the level of "Monument Avenue" and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". I suppose that a rather ordinary screenplay and a downbeat ending put some people off.

But this small film did a fine job of presenting a believable (if troubled) family, it utilized some interesting (out of favor) camera techniques to advance the storyline, and it showcased some excellent acting. It is refreshing to watch something without a hint of computer generated crap. If your production fundmentals are sound you don't need that kind of distraction.

There are two diametrically opposite scenes between Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan that work so well that you wonder why they didn't alter the script to expand McGowan's part . One is in an Irish bar where Danny convinces his sister to enter an in-patient alcohol treatment program. The other is a few days later when he visits her in the middle of the program. The contrast between the intensity levels of these two scenes is amazing and McGowan pulls off the dramatic performance of her career. She is great at comedy but in these scenes she shows unexpected dramatic range. 'Southie' would be worth watching for just these two scenes but it is a solid effort from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Leonard on September 14, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a pretty good film about South Boston. It shows the mean streets of Southie and the gangsters who inhabit them realistically. The story centers around the vicious Irish gangs that run the neighboorhoods, and how (unlike thier laughable Italian counterparts)the Irish mob is a truly dangerous and brutal group of people. The film is also a great showpiece for Whalberg and McGowan, both of whom are great in the fil. The director John Shea is pretty impressive here, and we need more Irish-American filmakers to aspire to the level of excellence shown by the great Scorsesse.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2000
Format: DVD
I loved this movie from the first time I saw it at a screening. This is a great story that shows how life is in South Boston. I love this movie because you can feel the true compassion in Danny Quinn (Donnie Wahlberg). The fact that this movie was written by Southie-born actor James Cummings, who also played Joey Ward, you feel a sense of realism. A insiders point-of-view. All actors put their heart into these charcters and you can feel that as you watch this film. Donnie Wahlberg is awesome in his first leading role ... he is on his way to stardom. I highly recommend this movie to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: DVD
If you have a DVD and VCR and want to buy this movie, get the DVD. I'm so glad I did. They have a commentary from John Shea, Donnie Wahlberg, and the guy who played Danny's nemisis (sorry forgot his name) and they voice over as the whole movie plays and describe what was going on in the scene, what they were thinking, and alot of details, explanations, behind the scenes, and humorous anecdotes step by step through the movie. I think I've watched it more than the movie. As for the movie, I concure with the other folks: Great movie. Im Irish and from Southie, and its an excellent portrayal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2002
Format: DVD
This film is an excellent portrail of an Irish-working class family. John Shea has directed a masterpiece. I highly recomend this movie. The DVD is excellent becasue of the great commentary. If your looking to have a fun dramatic experiance "Southie" is a great way to spend a saturday evening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Gobert on January 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I loved it. Donnie is an amazing actor. If you like Donnie as much as I do or South Boston get it. The movie takes you through the life of South Boston and you can't stop watching it. I say that everyone should get it. Especially if you are a Wahlberg fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Southie" is a great low budget movie that captured the spirit of the blue-collar community of South Boston, Ma. Former New Kids on the Block singer, Donnie Wahlberg was superb as the lead actor who returns home from NYC and attempts to change his life and help his mother (played by Anna Meara) get his siblings straightened out. His struggle to persevere in an environment that resists change was well-presented. This movie held me spell-bound from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
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