Film: 'Kill The Irishman'
March 22, 2017
Isenberg School of Management
UMass Amherst Campus
Kill the Irishman follows the true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union. He is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts.
Producer Tommy Reid’s passion for mafia movies led to his interest in telling the life story of Danny Greene, a figure only marginally examined in the history of organized crime in America. Reid originally planned to create a documentary about Greene in 2009, before deciding to adapt author Rick Porrello’s book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia into a narrative film.