Black Irish (film)

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Black Irish
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Promotional poster
Directed byBrad Gann
Produced by
Written byBrad Gann
Music byJohn Frizzell
CinematographyMichael Fimognari
Edited byAndrea Bottigliero
Distributed byAnywhere Road
Release date
  • March 28, 2007 (2007-03-28) (DIFF)
  • October 26, 2007 (2007-10-26) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Black Irish is a 2007 American independent coming-of-age drama film directed, written, and co-produced by Brad Gann.[1] It stars Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry, Emily VanCamp, and Melissa Leo and tells the story of a South Boston youngster trying to win the affection of his emotionally remote father and maintain intimacy with other members of his dysfunctional clan.[2]


Sixteen-year-old Cole McKay’s struggle for independence is put to the test as his South Boston Irish-Catholic family implodes around him. Older brother Terry is descending into a life of drugs and crime, pregnant sister Kathleen is being sent away to cover up the shame of unwed motherhood and Cole’s father, Desmond, spends his days in a fog of alcohol and self-pity, silently torturing himself over what might have been. The one thing keeping young Cole’s head above water is his love of baseball. The movie starts with Cole practicing his pitching, when he is picked up by his family to attend the funeral of Desmond's sister. A talented baseball pitcher, Cole overcomes self-doubt and family indifference to fight his way into the state championships. To get there he must make a life or death decision, one that will change the McKay family forever.



The film premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on 20 April 2007. It received a limited release, opening in Los Angeles, New York City and Boston on 26 October 2007. It was released on DVD on 8 January 2008 in the US and Canada.


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 31% based on reviews from 13 critics.[3]


  1. ^ Koehler, Robert (January 16, 2007). "Black Irish". Variety. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Kay, Jeremy (July 10, 2007). "Anywhere Road takes US rights to Brad Gann's Black Irish". Screen Daily. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Black Irish (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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