Denis Leary gives a controlled yet rangy performance as an Irish resident of Boston involved in crimes organized by a childhood friend. The low-key plot includes the murders of two men close to Leary—men who may have talked to police or federal agents—but the focus of the story is on his powerfully rendered identity crisis as he comes of age, too late. Set in an expressively underlit environment, this rivetingly moody drama is enhanced by the restrained use of incidental music. Ted Demme directed a screenplay by Mike Armstrong. With Martin Sheen (1998).