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Kill the Irishman

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A Longshoreman's union rep and FBI informant, Danny Green started out as muscle for the Cleveland mafia in the 1960s before going independent. Greene steadily encroached on the mob's rackets, igniting a war that lasted until 1977, when he was killed by a car bomb after a dental appointment in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Lyndhurst police chief Rick Porrello, whose mafiosi grandfather and uncles were assassinated in the 20s, wrote the 1998 nonfiction book To Kill the Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia.

Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer of Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Armageddon and director of The Punisher, adapted Porrello's book for his film Kill the Irishman, in which Detroit stands in for Cleveland to take advantage of Michigan's generous and embattled film tax incentives.

Ray Stevenson (Thor) stars as Greene. With Christopher Walken, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, and Mike Starr.

Kill the Irishman has a preview screening Tuesday 3/1 at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, in advance of its wide release next week. Doors at 6 PM, producers panel at 6:30, screening at 7:30, at Landmark Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St. Porrello will Skype or phone in for postscreening Q&A. After party at Forno Diablo, 433 W. Diversey.

Update: This screening is sold out.

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