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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTroy Duffy
Screenplay byTroy Duffy
Story by
  • Troy Duffy
  • Taylor Duffy
Produced by
CinematographyMiroslaw Baszak
Edited by
  • Bill DeRonde
  • Paul Kumpata
Music byJeff Danna
Distributed byApparition
Release dates
  • October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19) (Boston)
  • December 11, 2009 (2009-12-11) (United States)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$10.6 million[1]

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is a 2009 American vigilante action thriller film written and directed by Troy Duffy, based on a story by Duffy and his brother Taylor. A sequel to The Boondock Saints (1999), the film stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Peter Fonda, and Billy Connolly. Set eight years after the events of the first film, it follows Irish fraternal twin brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus (Flanery and Reedus) living a quiet life in Ireland with their father Noah, formerly known as "Il Duce" (Connolly). However, when an assassin frames the twins for the murder of a Catholic priest, they return to Boston and join forces with Mexican underground fighter Romeo (Collins, Jr.) and FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Benz), a former protégée of Paul Smecker.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day had its world premiere in Boston on October 19, 2009, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 11, 2009. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film was a modest success at the box office, grossing $10.6 million against its $8 million budget. A sequel is currently in development, with Flanery and Reedus expected to return.


On St. Patrick's Day, a renowned Boston priest is ritually murdered by a mysterious assassin. Father Sibeal arrives in Ireland to inform his nephews the MacManus twins, Connor and Murphy, that someone has copied the style of execution they used 8 years earlier to kill Mafia boss Joe Yakavetta. The twins and their father, Noah, the fearsome assassin known as "Il Duce", realize that someone is trying to implicate them in the priest's killing. In response, the Saints dig up their old gear and weapons and depart for the United States, but Noah stays behind.

En route to Boston aboard a container ship, the twins meet a Mexican underground fighter named Romeo, who recognizes them as the Saints. Romeo convinces them to let him join them as their new partner. Hearing a radio broadcast regarding Joe's son, Concezio Yakavetta, they deduce that he must have hired the hitman who killed the priest to draw them out of hiding.

Meanwhile, Boston Detectives Greenly, Dolly, and Duffy are at the scene of the priest's murder. They are intimidated by the appearance of charismatic FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom, a no-nonsense protégée of the late Paul Smecker, who has been assigned to determine whether or not the Saints are responsible for the murder. The detectives, especially Greenly, fear she may realize they are implicated in the Saint's former activities. Expertly analyzing the crime scene, Bloom concludes that the Saints did not murder the priest, and begins an investigation to find the real assassin. She and the detectives deduce the killer is Ottilio Panza, working for a mysterious figure known only as "The Old Man".

Fantasizing that they are action movie stars, Connor, Murphy, and Romeo hit a warehouse that is being used by a Chinese Triad gang to process heroin for Yakavetta. After clumsily killing everyone at the warehouse, Connor, Murphy and Romeo hide out with the MacManus' old bartender friend, Doc. They learn that the assassin was an independent contractor and that Yakavetta himself is hiding in the Prudential Tower. Later at the warehouse, Bloom outlines the events of the crime scene and confirms that the Saints have returned. Bloom interrupts Yakavetta's inept caporegime "Gorgeous George" while he's receiving a massage, smacking him on the rump with a paddle, displaying her credentials.

The twins and Romeo have Gorgeous George set up a meeting with a group of mobsters at a bar, where they kill them all except George, who is allowed to escape. Panza arrives shortly after and attempts to ambush the twins, but Bloom arrives just in time to save them by wounding Panza, who then flees. Bloom introduces herself to the Saints, revealing that she had intended to help them all along in Smecker's place. The group then cleans up the crime scene to make it look as if the mobsters had turned on each other. Later, Bloom reunites the greatly relieved detectives with the Saints, thus bringing them in on their plans.

Yakavetta calls a meeting with his crew, during which the Saints arrive and kill everyone, including Yakavetta. Bloom interrogates Yakavetta's consigliere Jimmy and learns of the Old Man's involvement with Panza. The crime scene is visited by FBI Special Agent Kuntsler, who takes over the gang murder case, suspending Bloom. Later at the bar, Greenly arrives to celebrate the boys' victory, but is shot and killed by Panza. Noah, earlier having decided to help his sons, unexpectedly arrives to demand Panza tell him the Old Man's location. They engage in a "Russian roulette" stand-off, and after Panza still refuses to answer, Noah angrily shoots him dead.

Noah relates to the group that in 1958 New York, he watched a trio of mobsters brutally murder his father. Consumed with rage and revenge, Noah hunted down and killed the mobsters with the help of his best friend Louie. Noah still felt unsatisfied, so Louie reluctantly helped him pick out other mobsters to kill, which is how Noah became "Il Duce". They continued this until 1975, when Louie finally gave Noah up to the police.

Bloom illegally obtains a file regarding Louie's location and gives it to Noah, which reveals that Louie is The Old Man. Anticipating the Saints' arrival at his mansion, Louie has several hit men stationed on the grounds. Confronted by Noah, Louie admits that he had deliberately used Noah to eliminate his competition in the Mafia, afterwards giving him up to the police when he was no longer useful. After this, however, the Mafia cast Louie himself out for the same reason. He then helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Joe's demise and let the Saints take out the rest of the organization so Louie could take control. Louie signals the hit men waiting for the Saints to make their move, but the Saints and Romeo kill them all. Noah suffers a fatal gunshot wound, but kills Louie before he dies. The police arrive and the severely wounded Connor, Murphy, and Romeo are taken to a prison hospital.

Bloom meets with Father Sibeal, who has arranged to take her to a safe place out of the country to flee FBI prosecution. She is shocked to discover that Sibeal has been working with Smecker, who faked his own death and developed a network of support for the Saints and their work. Smecker tells Bloom he plans to break the Saints out of prison.

As supporters outside of the prison protest for the release of the Saints, Connor and Murphy stare out of their window at the sea of prisoners in the yard, finding that they will have plenty of work while they wait to be freed.


Norman Reedus (left), Troy Duffy (center), and Sean Patrick Flanery (right) promoting The Boondock Saints II at Drexel University in Philadelphia
  • Sean Patrick Flanery as Connor MacManus, one-half of the MacManus twins. In addition to the "Veritas" tattoo on his left hand, he now has a tattoo of Christ's upper torso and face on his back.
  • Norman Reedus as Murphy MacManus, the other half of the MacManus twins. In addition to the "Aequitas" tattoo on his right hand, he now has a tattoo of Christ's nailed feet on his back.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Romeo, a Mexican fighter who becomes the twins' new sidekick.
  • Billy Connolly as Noah 'Il Duce' MacManus, the father of the MacManus twins.
    • Matt Lemche as Young Noah MacManus
  • Julie Benz as FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom, the agent assigned to the gang murders connected to the Saints. She is a former apprentice of Paul Smecker.
  • Willem Dafoe as FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker, an ally of the MacManus twins in the first film. He fakes his own death and reveals at the end that he has started an agency funded by the Catholic Church that will help the Saints escape from jail and continue their work as vigilantes.
  • Judd Nelson as Concezio 'Little Yaka' Yakavetta, the son of Don 'Papa' Joe Yakavetta, who was executed by the Saints in court eight years ago. He hires a hitman to execute a priest to call out the Saints.
  • Bob Marley as Detective David Greenly, a detective partnered with 'Dolly' and Duffy.
  • David Ferry as Detective 'Dolly' Alapopskalius, a detective partnered with Duffy and Greenly.
  • Brian Mahoney as Detective Duffy, a detective partnered with 'Dolly' and Greenly.
  • Peter Fonda as Louie 'The Roman' Romano, Noah's former friend, who had him sent to prison in 1975.
    • Robert Mauriell as Young Louie Romano
  • Daniel DeSanto as Ottilio 'The Little Man' Panza, a hitman of short stature hired by Yakavetta to kill a priest.
  • David Della Rocco as David 'The Funny Man' Della Rocco, the twins' former sidekick, who was killed by Joe Yakavetta in the first film. He appears in flashbacks and dream sequences.
  • Paul Johansson as FBI Special Agent Bill Kuntsler, the agent who suspends Special Agent Bloom and takes over the gang murder case.
  • Gerard Parkes as 'Doc' McGinty, the owner of an Irish pub and a friend of the twins. He has a stutter and Tourette syndrome.
  • Bob Rubin as George 'Gorgeous George', Yakavetta's underboss from Brooklyn. He is forced by Special Agent Bloom and the twins to give information on the Yakavetta clan.
  • Mairtin O'Carrigan as Father Sibeal MacManus, he is the cousin of Noah MacManus.
  • Louis Di Bianco as Patronazzi, an old mobster and friend of Louie's.
  • Aaron Berg as Joe 'Jo-Jo' Rhama, one Yakavetta's top lieutenants.
  • Richard Fitzpatrick as The Chief, Chief of the Boston Police Department.
  • Tig Fong as Asian Gangster, leader of the Chinese Triads who is smuggling drugs for Yakavetta.
  • Pedro Salvin as Uncle Cesar, Romeo's uncle and an alley of the Saints.
  • Sweeney MacArthur as Jacob MacManus, Noah's father who was killed by mobsters in the 1950s.
  • Dwayne McLean as Father Douglas McKinney, a priest who was killed in attempt to frame the Saints.
  • Robb Wells as Jimmy 'The Gofer' Green, Concezio Yakavetta's consigliere


After years in development hell,[2] the success of the first film's theatrical rerelease spurred 20th Century Fox to finance a sequel. In March 2008, Troy Duffy confirmed that the film was greenlit.[3] Pre-production on the film started in early September 2008.[4] Principal photography took place in Ontario from October 20, 2008 to December 10, 2008.[5]

Duffy kept a video diary of the film's progress on YouTube, with some of the shooting sequences, and "question and answer" segments from fans answered by the film's stars.[6]

Marketing and release[edit]

The film's first trailer was officially released online on September 2, 2009, via IGN.[7][8] The film was initially released in 67 theaters in the Northeastern and Western areas of the continental US,[9] and was gradually released into more theaters in the following weeks.[2][10]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 23% approval rating based on 43 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.12/10. The site's consensus reads: "This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited".[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 24 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12]

Home media[edit]

On March 9, 2010 the film was released on single disc DVD and 2-Disc Steelbook Special Edition DVD, as well as Blu-ray with special features including deleted scenes, audio commentary, and a behind the scenes featurette.[13] As of June 2012, the film had a limited release and it has grossed $50 million in DVD sales.

On July 16, 2013, the film was released in a new Director's Cut as a Best Buy Exclusive release.[citation needed]


The soundtrack became available for preorder in late March on the official Boondock Saints Store website and became available for purchase and digital download at other retailers April 7, 2010.

1."Ireland Intro"Jeff Danna0:42
2."Line of Blood"Ty Stone3:49
3."B.O.S.M"The Dirges2:08
4."Plastic Jesus"Taylor Duffy4:27
6."Balls Deep"Sean C3:42
7."Better Days"The Dirges4:05
8."Requiem Massive"Radiant-X2:02
9."Real Thang"Ty Stone3:10
10."Holiday"The Dirges3:03
11."The Wreckoning"Radiant-X2:14
12."Holy Fool"The Boondock Saints4:16
13."The Saints Are Coming"The Skids2:51
14."Saints From The Streets"Jeff Danna2:56
15."Crew Cut vs. Poppa M"Jeff Danna1:48
16."Young Noah"Jeff Danna1:55
17."Ireland"Jeff Danna2:22
18."Noah's Vendetta"Jeff Danna1:36
19."Fake-bake Shake"Jeff Danna1:40
20."Skyscraper Assault"Jeff Danna3:02
21."The Last Gun Battle"Jeff Danna1:55
22."Get Them Out"Jeff Danna2:04
23."Blood Of Cu Chulainn 2010"Jeff Danna & Mychael Danna4:06


A six-issue comic book series, made up of three two-issue chapters written by Troy Duffy and published by 12 Gauge Comics, was released in May 2010 as a companion to the film.[14] The story is a more in-depth version of Il Duce's backstory together with the story of a hit the twin brothers performed that does not appear in the film.

There was also a mini-book available from the official Boondock Saints website which told a story that took place prior to the strip club scene from the first film. Both will eventually be released in a single graphic novel.[15]


Director Troy Duffy spoke about a potential sequel in an interview on June 13, 2011. He said that "We’ve been approached to do a possible Boondock Saints TV series. So the fans may be getting a part 3 as a television show. We might be able to pull that off….I actually called both Sean and Norman and they both said “hell yeah, we’ll drop everything.” On March 21, 2012 it was indicated by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus that Boondock Saints 3 is being written, tentatively titled "The Boondock Saints III: Saints Preserve Us."[15][16] However, on September 14, Norman Reedus stated that there would be no third film.[17]

Again, on February 26, 2013, Troy Duffy stated that he was getting together with Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery to resume talks about Boondock Saints 3, in hopes that they could make the film a reality for fans. Later in 2013 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Sean Patrick Flanery confirmed that The Boondock Saints 3 is being worked on by Troy Duffy by saying "After the recent tragedies hit Boston I texted (director) Troy Duffy to ask him about when he would work on the third one and he replied ‘on it’".[18] On July 16, 2013, Troy Duffy stated in an interview with CraveOnline that he was halfway finished with the script for The Boondock Saints III.[19]

On May 6, 2017, Sean Patrick Flannery announced on Twitter that he and Norman Reedus had walked away from production of Boondock Saints III with no further explanation, leading the future of the series in doubt.[20]

In November 2021, a third Boondock Saints film was officially announced, with Reedus and Flanery reprising their roles as Connor and Murphy MacManus and Duffy returning to direct. Production was slated to begin in May 2022.[21]

In March 2024, a "reimagining" of the franchise was officially announced, with Thunder Road Films joining Impossible Dream Entertainment and rights holder Dragonfly Films as a production company on the film. Reedus and Flanery will reprise their roles and serve as executive producers, although Duffy, who plans to continue the story through a series of books, will not return as director.[22]


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  2. ^ a b "Interview: Troy Duffy". IGN. May 15, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2006.
  3. ^ "Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day Will Happen". Movieweb.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2008.
  4. ^ "Boondock II: All Saints Day (Day 35)". YouTube. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  5. ^ "Production in Ontario 2008" (PDF). Ontario Media Development Corporation. Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "Boondock II: All Saints Day (Day 7 of shooting, Female Lead Revealed.)". YouTube. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  7. ^ "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Movie Trailer - Trailer #1". IGN. September 2, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
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  11. ^ "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  12. ^ The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Reviews, Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved March 22, 2022
  13. ^ DVD listing with release date at Amazon.com
  14. ^ "Boondock Saints: The Head Of The Snake #1". Archived from the original on March 3, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Boondock Saints III at Icon Vision
  16. ^ Troy Duffy Bringing The Boondock Saints To TV
  17. ^ Boondock Saints 3 Happening?, IGN. Published September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  18. ^ "'Boondock Saints 3' is back in development". Moviepilot. May 4, 2013.
  19. ^ Topel, Fred (July 16, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Troy Duffy on The Boondock Saints II Director's Cut". CraveOnline.
  20. ^ @seanflanery (May 7, 2017). "ANNOUNCEMENT about #BoondockSaints from myself and @wwwbigbaldhead attached. Hope this clarifies" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Boondock Saints 3 with Original Stars Happening, Filming Starts May 2022". Screen Rant. November 2021.
  22. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr (March 21, 2024). "'The Boondock Saints' Are Back; Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery Return As Boston Vigilantes As Thunder Road & Dragonfly Films Take Reins". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2024.

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