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3.2 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews

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After returning to his working-class neighborhood, Danny learns the Irish Catholic Mafia still controls the city and his family is in shambles. Feeling he is being pushed back into the darkness he had worked so hard to escape, Danny must rely on his own strength and the people who really matter to him.

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  • Actors: Will Arnett, Ericson Balcita, Lenny Clarke, Jeffery Cook, Jimmy Cummings
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JQVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Southie" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on August 8, 2000
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Good Will Hunting was a joke, written by kids from one of Bostons wealthiest suburbs (like they would have any clue about life in Southie). If you want a taste of what it is like to be "Boston's White Poor", and not some ridiculous HollyWood fantasy, see this. Personally, I was not a fan of Wahlberg or Mcgowen, but this film really shows that they have some real talent. The caracters in this movie were so true to life, half of them could have been people I have known. The best low budget film I have seen in a long time. If you liked this I also recommend "Monument Ave", a similar movie about Southie's "Cousin" Charlestown (another violent Boston neighborhood).
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