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White Irish Drinkers

  R HD Closed Captioning

John Gray

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Plot Summary

A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring scheme to steal enough money for the two to escape, timed around the chaos of an upcoming Rolling Stones concert. The sensitive younger brother, Brian, ultimately has a choice: remain loyal to the brother with whom he shares a powerful love-hate bond, or use his hidden talent as an artist as his own ticket out of their dead-end existence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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44%
  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Putting profane adjectives in front of every other noun in dialogue that wants desperately to sound streetwise doesn't make it feel authentic if the other words spoken by the characters are arranged into orderly little blocks of exposition. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 24, 2011

Fresh: Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 25, 2011

Fresh: A modestly engaging domestic drama that earns few points for originality but rewards aud attention with persuasive performances, outbursts of robust humor and a vivid yet understated evocation of time and place. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Mar 14, 2011

Rotten: The cliches are what make "White Irish Drinkers" a drearily predictable bout... – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Mar 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A warm and winning personal story

Veteran Writer-Director John Gray captures a specific time and place with such authority and assurance you are utterly transported. And the journey is full of pleasures large and small. The movie is gripping and startling, intimate and expansive, fueled by a tragicomic family drama that has you on the edge of your seat, filled with hope and dread, for the entire length of the film. The characters are vividly drawn and refreshingly real. And the ending packs a satisfying wallop, in more ways than one, which comes fast on the heels of a twist that no one sees coming. I recommend it strongly! -- P.K.S., Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 15, 2011

White Irish Drinkers rocks.

This is an amazing independent film that doesn't sacrifice viewability for artistic merit. It has both. The filming and cinematography is something you would expect from a blockbuster film, and the acting is amazing.

Everything including the plot twist is expertly crafted, as you'd come to expect from Ghost Whisperer creator John Gray. This is an excellent coming of age film that quite possibly a lot of people could relate to, and it has something for everyone. It has action, romance, suspense, and humor.

Great addition to iTunes.

Very Entertaining

It reminded me of Saturday Night Fever - but replace the disco with the Rolling Stones. This film has one of THE best surprise endings I have ever seen. There needs to be an Oscar for "Best Ending."

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