White Irish Drinkers


Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten47%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright70%
IMDb Rating6.7101860

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Karen Allen as Margaret
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Stephen Lang as Patrick
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Peter Riegert as Whitey
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Michael Drayer as Dennis
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929.26 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 49 min
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1 hr 49 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hellmant7 / 10

Never trust the critics!

'WHITE IRISH DRINKERS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

This is one of those low budget indie films that audiences loved but critics hated.  The attention the movie did receive at festivals and other screenings was that of applause and overwhelming approval where as critics mostly trashed the film for being 'overly clichéd'.  This is yet another example of what appears to be the system trying to keep everything in it's place.  Like any other business Hollywood is ran by corporations and the money makers decide how things go.  A large percentage of critics are most likely paid off and untrustworthy.  This is a quality film, not a great one but it's definitely a decent well made movie.  It does have it's fair share of clichés but so do most films of this genre.  The story revolves around an 18 year old aspiring artist in 1975's Brooklyn, who's brother has resorted to crime and friends have turned to taking soul crushing working class jobs.  He's ready to move on but doesn't know which way to go.  The film was written and directed by veteran TV filmmaker John Gray.  The story could have easily been developed into a popular TV movie of the week but Gray adds a nice touch to it that definitely makes it stand out from the rest of it's type.

The film stars Nick Thurston as the wantabe painter.  He lives with his mother Margaret (Karen Allen) and father Paddy (Stephen Lang) and practices his art in the basement beneath their apartment, keeping it a secret from everyone but his big brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor).  Danny has always taken the beatings of their abusive alcoholic father while Paddy has never laid a hand on Nick.  Nick tries to stay away from Danny's criminal plans but he also doesn't want to end up like his soon to be blue-collar friends or his buddy Todd (Zachary Booth),who took a college scholarship (which was unheard of in his neighborhood).  He works for a local theater helping the owner, Whitey (Peter Riegert), book local bands.  When Whitey books the Rolling Stones for a one hour gig on their way through town it seems like the theater's income problems could be over.  Then Brian feels influenced into helping Danny rob the show's loot.  He has to deal with tough family love, deciding what he wants to do with his life as well as a possible romance with an old high school crush (Leslie Murphy).

The film is somewhat routine and clichéd but it's involving none the less.  The actors are great, especially Thurston and Wigdor (who bears a striking resemblance to Ben Affleck).  The more well known supporting players are great as well, especially Lang. It's nice to see Allen and Riegert in another movie together as well (after playing love birds in 'ANIMAL HOUSE' so many years ago, although they don't have any screen time together in this).  Gray's writing could use a little polishing maybe but his directing is right on target.  He and his cast really make this movie something special, despite it's clichés and somewhat overplayed storyline.  It's a fun little character study.  Nothing spectacular but I can see why it's a crowd-pleaser and it's not nearly as bad as the critics make it out to be.  Never trust the critics.

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Reviewed by cosmo_tiger6 / 10

A classic example of a very OK movie made much better by the ending. Very powerful ending that's worth watching. I say B

"I wish I could be like you...no matter how hard I try I'm never gonna be like you...and your always gonna hate me for that." Brian (Thurston) and his brother Danny are looking for a way out of Brooklyn. Brian's ambition is to become and artist and go to school. Danny is a tough guy who thinks the best way is to rob and steal until he has enough to leave with. After the Rolling Stones are booked for one night only at the theater where Brian works they think they have found a way to get the money they need to leave. This is the kind of movie that is made better by the ending. While the movie is pretty good all the way through, the acting is good enough and the plot is engaging to keep you watching. The only problem is that the whole time you feel like there is something missing that would make this movie better. Then the last 20 min you find out what it is. This movie is good, but the ending will knock you on your ass and make you glad you continued to watch. Overall, pretty slow moving in parts, but stay till the end and you will be glad you did. A very good one time watch. Because of how powerful the ending was...I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I would *Also try - Con Artist

Reviewed by oOoBarracuda10 / 10

"I wish I could do what you do, make somethin' outta nothing'."

White Irish Drinkers is a must see film from director John Gray. His 2010 feature starring Nick Thurston and Geoffrey Wigdor as two brothers living in an impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood trying to make their way through life despite their abusive father and complacent mother. A semi-autobiographical film about identity and life's purpose comes a brilliant coming-of-age film. A raw film that doesn't hold back, White Irish Drinkers is a true hidden gem for audiences everywhere.

Brian (Nick Thurston) is an upbeat 18-year old working at his neighborhood's local theatre and painting in all the free time he has. An artist at heart who is told too often that his work will never make a living for him, Brian is the only one in his circle of friends who wants to live a meaningful life, rather than only concern himself with making money and having benefits. Danny (Geoffrey Wigdor),Brian's brother, is just looking for a way to survive his life. The oldest child in his family, Brian acted as the constant punching bag for his father, Patrick's (Stephen Lang) many drunken beatings. Spending all of his family's money, and all of his time at the bar meant Patrick came home many nights angry at the world and himself for not providing enough for his family to survive. The family matriarch, Margaret (Karen Allen) believes her duty as a good Catholic wife means enduring her husband's abuse and holding out hope for more good times than bad. Both brothers, aimless in their own ways just seek to survive to the next day. Danny, who has taken to robbing jewelry stores as his means of survival, hatches a plan to rob the theatre Brian works for when he hears that the Rolling Stones will be performing there in a desperate attempt to save the theatre. Danny wants Brian to rob the theatre with them, then leave the city together with enough money to start better lives for each other. Brian, however, is no thief; he's already tried that life and failed at it, plus, he is far too loyal to theatre manager Whitey (Peter Riegert) to double-cross him. Stuck between familial loyalty that runs strong through the predominantly Irish neighborhood he lives in and the loyalty to the only person who's ever given him a chance, Brian must decide whether to adopt a life of crime as a means of getting by, as his brother did, or staying on the straight and narrow path and forging a meaningful destiny, no matter how uncertain that destiny is.

White Irish Drinkers is a beautifully shot film filled with amazing use of sounds that will strike audiences instantly. With its brilliant score, White Irish Drinkers is a film that will stay in your ears, and your head, days after seeing it. The writing was fun, rife with references to the 70's time period in which it takes place. It's actually impossible to miss the fact that this takes place in the 70's, with pop culture references filling the script with machine gun rapidness. It's always fun to see a favorite movie pop up in a modern-day film, and being a big Rocky Horror Picture Show fan, it was cool to see such a cheeky reference to it in White Irish Drinkers. Creating such a poignant, fresh coming-of-age tale that really delves into what it means to live life with a purpose, White Irish Drinkers is one of those understated films that really doesn't get the credit it deserves.

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