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39 Things We Learned From ‘The Boondock Saints’ Commentary

We all love The Boondock Saints? Right? Right? Guys? Where you going
The Boondock Saints
By  · Published on January 6th, 2012

We all love The Boondock Saints? Right? Right? Guys? Where you going Look, I’m fully aware of the animosity for this film, especially its writer/director, Troy Duffy. Hell, even the DVD is annoying me right this second with this “You wouldn’t steal a car, so why steal movies” PSA. But there’s a point in everyone’s life where you have to realize bad filmmakers like talking about their film just as much as the geniuses. So we’re gonna let Mr. Duffy speak, and we’re gonna be taking detailed notes as to what he has to say.

Yes, this one comes with the decade long-backlash. And I’m sure Troy Duffy’s commentary here is going to be filled with all kinds of insightful anecdotes about crafting the film, honing the story so its concise yet layered. I’m sure there isn’t going to be anything on this commentary track that puts Troy Duffy in an angelic light. And, in case you didn’t catch it, I put the sarcastic tone on the word “angelic.” So here is everything we learned from Mr. Troy “Overnight” Duffy’s commentary track for The Boondock Saints.

That damn PSA is still going by the way. Don’t steal, folks

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Commentators: Troy Duffy (writer, director, headliner of The Boondock Saints formerly known as The Brood)

Best in Commentary

“When you’re doing an independent film it’s like you gotta get it. You’ve got no time. You’ve got no money. You just gotta move, move, move, move, move.”

“I’m sick of not getting my $8 worth when I go and see a flick.”

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot of up and down in the Troy Duffy commentary for The Boondock Saints. As you can see, there were 39 items to be noted. There was also a lot of name dropping – not the celebrity kind, the “Oh, there’s my best friend, Tommy” kind. That’s nothing, though, compared to the amount of time he spends simply pointing out what is going on in the film. We’re watching the film, Troy. We know what we’re seeing. He will occasionally go into some of the subtext he intends or the random story of the day they did that shot. Most of it, however, is  play-by-play.

All in all, not a bad commentary. Yes, he does dip into egotism here and there. “This is working for me” during one particular shot he liked made me flinch. But, for the most part, it could be a whole lot worse. After hearing the man speak for two hours, I understand why Miramax dropped him so hard, but I also get the idea he has the potential to grow as a filmmaker. Of course, that potential brought us Boondock Saints II, but we’ll disregard that for now.

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