A cult classic is what is described as a movie that didn't do so well at the box office, but found its fan base when released on home video. The Boondock Saints is one such movie. But unlike most cult classics, this movie never saw a theatrical release.

Director Troy Duffy got the idea for the movie as he watched a young woman, who was being loaded in the back of an ambulance, while her boyfriend yelled "But she still owes me Money!" Duffy had a thought. "Why can't people like that just die?" And thus, The Boondock Saints was conceived. While not a veritable who's who in acting, the movie did star some huge name actors. Willem Dafoe played the role of homosexual FBI agent Paul Smecker, who finds himself torn weather to capture the Saints, or to join them. Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus play Irish twin brothers Murphy and Conner McManus. After a bar fight, in which the boys beat a couple of Russian mob soldiers, the mobster come back to the McManus brothers home, and beat them, handcuffing Conner to a toilet, and saying that they where going to kill Murphy. Conner frees himself, taking the toilet to the top of the loft housing where the brothers live, dropping the toilet on Ivan Chekhov, and falling on his lackey. The boys then set out to rid the city of Boston from all the scum of earth. As they tell their friend Rocco,

Conner: You know what I think is psycho, Roc? It's decent men with loving families. They come home every day after work and they turn on the news. You know what they see? They see rapists, and murderers and child molesters. They're all getting out of prison.
Murphy: Mafiosos. Getting caught with twenty kilos. Getting out on bail the same fucking day.
Connor: And everywhere, everyone thinks the same thing: that someone should just go kill those motherfuckers.
Murphy: Kill 'em all. Admit it. Even you've thought about it.

Rocco is played by the real life David Della Rocco. Troy Duffy wrote this character with David in mind. The role of Il Duce is played by the great Scottish comedian Billy Connolly.

The movie was finished and ready for a world wide theatrical release. Then tragedy struck. On April 20th 1999 two high school students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado, and opend fire, killing 12 students and teachers, then turning the guns on themselves. The backlash from the Columbine shooting dealt with violence in the media, and Boondock Saints was one of the unfortunate movies to be caught in the cross fire. The movie never was shown in theaters, but was released on home video, where word of mouth made Boondock Saints one of the biggest selling movies of all time.

Most recently, The Boondock Saints has seen a new unrated DVD released, that has the original NC-17 version of the movie, and had a one time only theatrical release at the end of May. Boondock Saints is a great movie. that really must be watched to be fully appreciated.

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