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"And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
—Connor and Murphy MacManus, delivering the family prayer before executing someone.
The Boondock Saints was an independent film directed by Troy Duffy in 1999 about two Irish Catholic brothers from South Boston, Connor and Murphy MacManus (played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus), who become vigilantes on a "Mission From God" after they are almost killed by Russian mobsters following a barroom brawl on St. Patrick's Day.
The brothers kill the mobsters and then turn themselves into the police, though they are quickly released on their self-defense plea. They learn the location of the syndicate's leaders, then kill them all. They are quickly joined by their best friend David Della Rocco (played by an actor who shares the name), a package boy for the local Italian mafia, who enlists their help in taking down his former syndicate after he is sold out by his bosses Papa Joe and Vincenzo.
FBI Agent Paul Smecker (played by Willem Dafoe) is on the case of the vigilantes, and as the bad guy body count continues to rise and the brothers become local heroes, Smecker has to decide whether he wants to catch the killers or join them.
Everything comes to a head when the Italians, tired of being picked off like flies, call in the mysterious hitman Il Duce (played by comedian Billy Connolly in one of his rare dramatic roles) to kill Rocco, who they believe is responsible for the killings. When the three Saints and the Duke collide, all hell quickly breaks loose; and when it is finally learned just who Il Duce is, the stage is set for a final reckoning that will bring the South Boston mob to its knees.
The Boondock Saints ran for all of a week in only a few theaters because no major distributor would touch the film after Duffy's falling out with his initial executive producer Harvey Weinstein. (The recent crackdown on violent action and horror movies and media in general following the school shooting at Columbine High School earlier that year didn't help things either.) But when it was released several years later on FOX DVD, the movie became a massive cult success. Fans compare the film to Quentin Tarantino's classics Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and Robert Rodriguez's Desperado. A sequel called The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day was rumored for years (the first film ends on one hell of a cliffhanger) and was finally released on October 30, 2009.
The film Overnight details Troy Duffy's inflation of ego during the making of the film. He kinda went off the rails, a bit. While he has tried to apologize for his past behavior, if you watch the doc you'll get a better idea of why we had to wait ten years for the sequel.
It is especially popular for St. Paddy's Day drinking games, where if you sip every time someone curses, you're hammered by 30 minutes in. Because of this, some people have never seen the whole movie, nor seen it sober.
Has a Character Sheet that is in desperate need of more love.
Not to be confused with The Boondocks.
Examples Contained In Both Films
- Anachronic Order: One of the reasons it is compared to Quentin Tarantino. The majority of the movies show investigators poring over the fight scenes first, and figuring out what happened. Their narration may or may not be correct due to missing something, or outright lying.
- Anti-Villain: Everyone on the side of the brothers.
- As Himself: David Della Rocco.
- As the Good Book Says...
- Audience Participation: Mostly for the first one, but its cult status has led to some fan screenings, including a few in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of the film's release.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: The MacManus brothers occasionally do this.
- Badass Grandpa: Il Duce. Turns out to be the Saints' daddy. Technically, he isn't a grandpa though.
- Badass Longcoat: Il Duce and Rocco. The MacManus twins are Badass Peacoats; which, considering Boston in March, is a lot more practical. Detective Eunice Bloom in the sequel imagines herself as a Gun Twirling cowgirl wearing a duster during one of her summations of the Saints' hits.
- Berserk Button: Go on. Just try to bring harm to either of the brothers. Chances are the last thing you'll see is a toilet crashing down on your head.
- Bilingual Bonus: Particularly in the sequel, not all of the foreign languages are subtitled.
- Billing Displacement: Willem Defoe is not the main character.
- Bromance On The Set: Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus remained friends throughout the eight-year gap between movies. This is especially obvious in interviews, where Norman is often the subject of much fraternal ribbing.
- Butt Monkey: Greenly and, to a lesser extent, Dolly and Duffy. Rocco and Romeo have their moments too.
- California Doubling: Both films are set in Boston, but apart from the flyover establishing shots, were filmed in Toronto. The CN Tower and Toronto Dominion bank locations can be seen in various shots.
- Catch Phrase: The MacManus family prayer, as well as Greenly's "Thanks for coming out!"
- Cerebus Syndrome: Both films refuse to take themselves seriously... until Il Duce gets called in.
- Chekhov's Gun: While gearing up, the brothers mock each other for getting some rope and a large bowie knife, just in case. Both items end up getting used during the hotel scene, the knife while they are carrying out the execution of the Sick Mob Man and killing one of Yakavetta's men after they get free. The rope even makes a reappearance in the second movie.
- In the second movie, Russian Roulette.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Justified, in that almost all of the characters who are shown to be religious are Irish, Italian, or Mexican.
- Completely Different Title: In Spanish, the movie is known as Los Santos del Infierno, or "The Saints of Hell."
- Development Hell: The second film took ten years to make due to a lack of funding and Troy Duffy's ego. The third film, thus far, seems to be in the same position. Duffy has said if negotiations go through, the story may be continued in a TV series, but the progress seems to be going slowly.
- Did Not Do the Research/Fridge Brilliance: An Irishman (Il Duce) would not have been able to succeed so far in the Sicilian mafia. However: Il Duce was never in a position of authority. He simply liked killing mobsters, and attacked specific ones at the behest of his friend Louie (who is Italian, and rose to a position of power after killing off all his rivals).
- Romeo offers up proof of his Mexican Badassitude by pointing out that his people invented Tabasco sauce. So, uh, what part of Mexico does the McIlhenny family hail from?
- Due to the Dead: Played straight for the most part, particularly with the Saints' victims.
- Hilariously Averted in the sequel when the Saints visit Rocco's grave and see that they used his mugshot for his memorial.
- Mr. Fanservice: Multilingual vigilante twins with Irish accents? Yes, please.
- Evilly Affable: The Saints, concerning their actual targets. When dealing with innocents they fall under Affably Evil or Anti-Villain.
Rocco: We could kill everyone. (meaning, everyone in the South Boston Mafia)
- Fast Roping: Lampshaded by Connor and ends up being accidentally invoked by the Saints. In the sequel they play it straight... in an over-the-top way.
- Fighting Irish
- Floating Head Syndrome: One of the most awkward examples ever.
- Freudian Slip: "Fag man" instead of "fat man," though Smecker takes it in stride. During a pep talk, Rocco has one during his Rated "M" for Manly speech.
Rocco: You think that the men who built all this had it easy?
- Friendly Sniper: Connor and Murphy would be friendly even if they weren't on a mission from God to shoot evil people in the head.
- Guns Akimbo: The MacManus brothers, Rocco, and especially Il Duce. In the sequel, almost everyone uses this trope.
- Hero of Another Story: What we see of Il Duce's past heavily alludes to this, though it took place roughly twenty-five years prior.
- Hitman with a Heart: Il Duce, who has a very Leon-esque code about "no women, no kids."
- The brothers as well. Fitting, seeing that they are his sons.
- Holy Hitman: The twins always recite their family prayer before executing someone.
- Hollywood Silencer: The Saints almost always wield silenced pistols.
- Iconic Item: The pennies that the Saints place on their victim's eyes, as well as Il Duce's vest full of guns.
- Romeo is able to figure out who they are quickly in the sequel, since not only do they talk about matching their police sketches and dying their hair to reduce the risk of being recognized, but they are a pair of Irish guys carrying a bunch of pennies.
- Improbable Weapon User: A toilet in the first film, as well as a billiard ball. In the second, a tattoo pen for minor comic relief.
- Inspector Lestrade: Greenly. Until Smecker arrives.
- Invisible Advertising: As mentioned, the film was all ready to be released, but unfortunate timing meant it had to be released quietly.
- The second movie was set up this way at first, but positive reception among the fans gave it two wider releases.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whenever Il Duce gets called in around the halfway mark, things get serious. Which is very odd seeing as Il Duce is played by Billy Connolly.
- Knight Templar: The brothers definitely don't play this straight, but they do occasionally exploit it to screw with people.
- Lamarck Was Right: This might explain how a pair of multi-lingual Irish twins who spent their lives praying, living in a broken apartment, and working at a meat plant are so good at killing off mobsters with pairs of pistols. The Man Behind the Man in the sequel even lampshades it.
- Lampshading: The brothers and Smecker like to do this.
- Large Ham: Smecker, whenever he is re-enacting one of the shootouts. As well, his protegee Eunice Bloom. Connor, in general.
- A Lighter Shade of Gray: "We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain. For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day, you will reap it!"
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Il Duce.
- The Mafia: Italian and Russian mob.
- Malaproper: Doc, the bartender at McGinty's.
- Men Children: When they're not shooting people in the head, Connor and Murphy bicker and tussle like ten year old boys.
- Missing Mom: The condition of Murphy and Connor's mother (and, presumably, Il Duce's estranged wife or possibly ex-wife) is never touched on in the released films. A deleted scene from the first film has the twins receiving an ill-timed phone call from her, but how that scene fits into canon is debatable.
- Mission From God
- Moral Dissonance: The brothers' moral compass is a bit loose. They give Rocco a free pass, despite him having a career in the Mafia which failed only because of his own incompetence, because he's a good drinking buddy. And they are perfectly willing to buy all their guns from a man heavily implied to be IRA. Not to mention they seem to have no qualms about stealing from the mobsters they kill even before they receive their Mission From God. Also Connor somehow seems to know what heroin tastes like in the sequel.
- Lampshaded by Rocco.
Rocco: "Anybody you think is evil?"
- Motivation on a Stick: Detective Greenley humorously suggests that the only way they're going to catch the Mac Manus brothers is by "...dangling a potato on a string" — of course, they walk in just as he's saying this.
Murphy: You'd probably have better luck with a beer.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: All the Saints, although they did tase that housewife in the first film after getting access to her husband's poker game (said husband and his poker buddies are all mobsters). But as knocking her out meant she wouldn't get in the way and inadvertently be killed in the crossfire, this is likely justified.
- No Name Given / Unnamed Parent: One is more likely to survive in this film without a name. The brothers' names are Connor and Murphy — which is rarely mentioned in either film while every other character gets a pause and a brief caption that literally spells out their identity. Il Duce their father gets a caption that reveals absolutely nothing and is only addressed by his real name, Noah, in the second film. The Roman as well only gets a proper name during the last third of the second film.
- Ominous Latin Chanting / Soundtrack Dissonance: Many of the beautiful choral hymns play over gorier scenes.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The brothers, often.
- Justified by their Omniglot status; the brothers learned their languages well enough that their accents have been rendered about as battered as Connor Mac Leod's.
- By the second movie, it seems their accents are almost intentionally bad. Julie Benz' accent is also overdone for comic effect.
- Omniglot: The brothers speak at least a half-dozen languages fluently.
- Overcrank: Nearly every action scene uses this to combine hilarity with Badassitude. When it stops being used, things get serious.
- Papa Wolf: --> Il Duce: Easy boys... Daddy's working.
- Pay Evil Unto Evil
- Playing Against Type: Il Duce, the stone-cold veteran hitman, is played by Billy Connolly of all people. He's done serious roles before, but not like this.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The family prayer that the brothers recite before executing someone.
- Rated "M" for Manly: Both movies. The dream sequence in the sequel underlines this, though most people generally agree that the scene where Connor rips a toilet out of the floor is the best example in the first.
- Rule of Cool: Basically the entire franchise relies on this.
- Southies: Oh my yes. The film is quite inaccurate on the subject, though it doesn't matter. Interestingly, the film's cult fandom is not especially large around South Boston.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: At key points in parts 1 and 2, the plot gets more serious, the stakes get higher and the joking stops cold.
- Sibling Team: The MacManus twins.
- Smoking Is Cool: The Saints all smoke, as do many other characters. Word of God says that during the Il Duce firefight in the first film, they needed to put a cigar in Billy Connolly's mouth because he would not stop smiling.
- Throw-Away Guns: Il Duce's signature gun vest.
- Tourettes Shitcock Syndrome: The bartender Doc. There has been some attempt at realism here, though. Doc has motor tics as well as verbal ones, and his verbal tic is preceeded by a period of stuttering.
- Twin Tropes: Connor and Murphy are fraternal twins, though they don't fit many Twin Tropes besides Twin Telepathy (which is the only way they could have the same dream in both the first film and the sequel, and a mild variant of Different As Night and Day.
- Ultimate Job Security: Arguably Detective Greenly, who is somewhat incompetent compared to Smecker (and even Dolly and Duffy to an extent). However, he is only shown as being bad at making theories, not at everything. Also, Greenly claims in the second film that he, Dolly, and Duffy have put away half the guys that are in prison. While he was obviously exaggerating, the other characters wouldn't hesitate to take the piss out of him if it was a total lie.
- Vigilante Man: What the brothers become.
- Wall of Weapons: The underground storage bunker that they get their stock from.
Examples That Occur In The First Film:
- Air Vent Passageway: Subverted and Lampshaded - the brothers use an air vent to get into the Russian Mobster's meeting, but get lost. They only end up in the right place because they start fighting each other and cause the vent to break through the ceiling, dumping them right into the correct room. Later, Smecker lampshades this, noting that they're amateurs because Air Vent Escapes only happen on TV and no pro would try it.
- Almighty Janitor: In dealing with the Saints, Yakavetta turns to retired mobster Augustus Di Stephano, who works as a bathroom attendant. He is apparently well-connected enough to get Il Duce out of prison.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Invoked; the end credits show a reporter interviewing people on their wildly varying views on the Saints.
- Amusing Injuries: They tie a Russian gangster to a bar top and set his ass on fire.
- Angrish: Loads and loads. Of note is Rocco's reaction to the Copley Plaza massacre is one of these involving a Cluster F-Bomb.
Rocco: Fucking... what the fucking fuck... who the fuck fucked this fucking... how did you two fucking fucks... FUCK!
- Apathetic Citizens: "Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."
- Asshole Victim: Just about every one of the Saints' victims, but Vincenzo, the Sick Mob Man, and Papa Joe himself in particular.
- Bar Brawl: The MacManuses throw down with the Russian mob dudes early on in the movie and sets the events of the film in motion.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Papa Joe shoots Rocco, but leaves the MacManuses bound. May be justified by him wanting to question the brothers some more and thinking of Rocco as dead weight.
- Cassandra Truth: The Butt Monkey detectives of the Boston Police are so wildly wrong in the first part of the movie that when they finally start getting it right later on, Smecker doesn't believe them.
- Career Killers: Rocco drives a "sick fuck" hitman to his job, where he proceeds to wipe out an entire family. The three face another, more Badass hitman in the form of Il Duce shortly after finishing off the first.
- Cluster F-Bomb: See Angrish, above. According to IMDB, the word is dropped 246 times.
- Couldn't Find a Lighter: One of the brothers lights a cigarette using the flame from his gas stove.
- Creative Closing Credits
- Creator Cameo: Duffy is seen in the bar, wearing overalls.
- The Danza: Carmine Distephano plays Augustus Distephano, a retired mob boss. Also, a man named David Della Rocco is played by none other than David Della Rocco.
- Dare to Be Badass: In a way, the priest's sermon in the beginning of the film:
Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Greenly. He manages to correctly state the motive behind the Mac Manus brothers' murders ("They were all bad guys. Now, they're dead bad guys.") as well as the number of hitmen sent after them ("What if it was one guy with six guns?"), only to have his conclusions immediately shot down by Smecker.
- Flash Back: All the hits except the last are shown like this, usually involving Agent Smecker working out what happened. Eventually Smecker and the Saints are shown in the same scene, showing how Smecker now identifies with them.
- Freud Was Right: One of the detectives accidentally says "fag man" instead of "fat man" in front of Agent Smecker (who even comments that "Freud was right").
- Genre Savvy: The MacManus brothers and Agent Smecker both repeatedly comment on their exploits whenever they resemble TV or action movies when.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: The scene with the cat.
- An aversion can be seen in that same scene. Even though Murphy and Connor are hammered out of their minds and play around with their guns for most of the scene, neither of them have a magazine fed into their weapons. Rocco having his gun loaded and chambered is explained by him being "kind of an idiot".
- Lzherusskie: Fat Man is the only Russian played by actual Russian.
- Oh Crap: After Smecker infiltrates Don Yakavetta's home, and comes across a mook with his throat cut. Il Duce then comes up behind Smecker and gives him a Tap on the Head, having mistaken him for a woman.
- Earlier in the same film, after Yakavetta's men have captured the Saints, and realized that Il Duce, whom they hired to kill the Saints and loves killing Mafiosos isn't going to stop until he's killed somebody.
- Pants-Positive Safety: Rocco.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Willem Dafoe makes as convincing a woman as Bugs Bunny does. And like Bugs, he has extreme good fortune to "seduce" the one guy on earth thick enough to be fooled by his getup.
- Room Disservice: Rocco's attempted hit on the Russians.
- Shipped in Shackles: Il Duce (who provides the page image for this trope) is moved from his cell to the ground floor for a parole hearing. He is cuffed hand and foot, chained to a rolling platform, and wheeled down to the parole board. The entire prison is put on high-alert, with shotgun-wielding guards on every floor, all to move one man down a few flights of stairs. Once he's there, they even put him inside a metal cage to protect the parole board.
- Shur Fine Guns: Rocco's Beretta 92, which goes off just from slamming his fists on the table it's laying on.
- Shout Out in Name Only: "Yakavetta" is the last name of one of Troy Duffy's best friends.
- Suspiciously Specific Sermon: A monsignor delivers a sermon referencing the Kitty Genovese case, saying "now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men." The brothers McManus, after leaving the church, feel called to action and spend the rest of the movie killing off various heavyweights of Boston's organized crime world.
- Vigilante Execution: Inside a courtroom no less.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Saints as a whole.
- What Do You Mean Its Not Symbology
- You Get Me Coffee: Whenever Detective Greenly would say something stupid or mouth off to Agent Smecker, he would be dispatched to fetch coffee and bagels.
Examples Contained In The Second Film:
- Art Shift: The envisioned attack on the Asian drug gang is shot like a grindhouse film, with an appropriate soundtrack.
- Bad Boss: Concezio Yakevetta, he breaks the jaw of one of his subordinates just because he corrected his pronunciation of a word.
- Billing Displacement: Peter Fonda doesn't appear until the last 10 minutes of All Saint's Day, yet still got billed over Billy Connolly (Il Duce and the father of Connor and Murphy).
- Bittersweet Ending: Il Duce dies, and the brothers get imprisoned, but Smecker and Bloom are going to bust them out.
- Bond One-Liner: Parodied in the second film when Romeo ties up a janitor and threatens him into coming up with a cool thing for Romeo to say when the gunfire stops.
- Bling Bling Bang: In the sequel, the brothers get Desert Eagles with modified suppressors while Romeo gets a pair of Colt M1911s with golden silencers and grips that look like the Mexican flag.
- Brick Joke: The cat from the first film walks by when the brothers see Rocco. Also the rope.
- Call Back: Many.
- Camera Abuse: In-universe example: Gorgeous George is having a teleconference (of sorts) with Concezio, who screams at him so much that he covers his camera lens in spittle.
- The Conspiracy: The Roman has been playing the MacManus clan against the Mafia to further his own standing for decades. Also, the Catholic Church appears to be taking a more... proactive role in the fight against Evil.
- Dare to Be Badass: Rocco's opening narration, talking about how you are either a Talker, or a Doer.
- Dawson Casting: In the sequel, Judd Nelson plays the son of the Big Bad of the first film (who was played by Carlo Rota). Judd Nelson was born on 1959 and Carlo Rota was born on 1961. Do the math.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Greenly. He's even more retarded than usual around Special Agent Bloom.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the sequel, Concezio's inner circle are all upset and uneasy about his supposed hit on a local priest.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once cornered, Concezio merely crosses himself and says "Vaffanculo" which is Italian for "Fuck you". Not to mention a call-back to his father, who did the same thing before being executed by the Saints.
- Feet First Introduction/Foot Focus: For nearly a minute, in slow motion, the camera tracks Eunice Bloom's ridiculously high stiletto heels as she strides to the church.
- This counts as a Crowning Moment of Funny if you think it's going to turn out to be Agent Smecker, who was also introduced foot-first while in drag.
- Forklift Fu
- Freudian Excuse: When Il Duce was younger, his father was murdered by mobsters before his eyes, starting off his vigilante rampage.
- Funny Background Event/Noodle Implement: When Bloom and the Detectives are in the briefing room with the police chief, a beat cop walks in carrying a dog. The Chief immediately tells him to get out.
- Gilligan Cut: After the Saints' hit on the Chinese.
- Greenly says, "They're either on their way here, or they're already here." Just as we're expecting a Badass Entry of the Saints doing the slow walk, we instead cut to them squeezed into a Volkswagon Beetle.
- Gun Twirling: Eunice Bloom twirling a revolver as she recounts the attack on the Yakavettas.
- Hand Cannon: In the sequel, the brothers trade in their Berettas for Desert Eagles but it is also subverted when Romeo asks for a handgun and the brothers give him a tiny pocket pistol.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Romeo speaks Spanish to his uncle to ask his uncle not to embarrass him in front of the Mac Manus brothers. Subverted in that he doesn't realize they know Spanish too.
- Homage: Flashback scenes showing an older character's origins in crime amongst Italians in the early 1900s. Sound familiar?
- Important Haircut: Lampshaded. The brothers wonder why they cut their hair since they now match their police sketches, when previously they looked "like Jesus Christ."
- Insistent Terminology: Special Agent Bloom.
- It Has Been an Honor: Greenly's last words to the Saints.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Played straight.
- Malaproper: Concezio Yakkaveta uses these constantly. God help you, if you correct him.
- Man Behind the Man: The mysterious "Roman" who masterminded the hit on the priest is revealed to be Il Duce's childhood friend Louie. Louie reveals that he was only interested in rising up the ranks of the mafia and was using Noah/Il Duce to eliminate the competition, afterward giving him up to the police when he was done. The mafia cast him out as well, but he helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Papa Joe's demise, and let the Saints take out the rest of the Mafia so Louie can take control.
- Manly Tears: Romeo is rather prone to these.
- Ms. Fanservice: Special Agent Eunice Bloom, in the Old Western getup.
- The Napoleon: Ottilio Panza. His terminal case of short-man's disease ends up leaving plenty of evidence for the police that otherwise wouldn't have been there. Bloom even calls him Napoleon.
- Nom De Guerre: The Roman.
- Replacement Goldfish: Romeo replaces Rocco and does a pretty good job at it.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the sequel, the brothers avenge the murder of their childhood priest. Then there's Il Duce's case mentioned under Freudian Excuse.
- Russian Roulette: Il Duce combines this with Mexican Standoff and uses it as an interrogation technique. The brothers use this to determine whether or not to let a bad guy live.
- Sequel Hook: The ending of the second film.
- Tap on the Head: When pistol whipping someone, it works better when you use a gun that's bigger then the size of your palm.
- Television Geography: There is an establishing shot of downtown Boston early on in the film. However, it is obviously stock footage because the Central Artery is still going through downtown which the Big Dig replaced long before this movie was made.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Rocco's monologue runs dangerously close to this. Especially the part where he suffers a Freudian Slip partway through.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
- Unreliable Narrator: Special Agent Eunice Bloom's re-enactment of the bar shootout subtly lampshades this during the slow-mo shot of the guys shooting each other. When she walks past the last pair of guys, she mimes shooting the guy on the right twice as he takes two bullets... before the guy opposite him raises his weapon and fires off the third shot that goes into the him. She even smirks at the camera when this happens.
- Unwitting Pawn: Concezio Yakevetta religiously followed the orders of the Roman, completely unaware that Louie was actually trying to bring the Saints and their father back so they could eliminate the Yakevetta family in revenge for casting him out.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The attack on the Chinese criminals. In theory, Romeo will knock out a forklift operater via a Pistol Whip to the back of his head with a Hand Cannon, the twins will hide inside the crate on the forklift, Romeo will drive the forklift to the criminals, the brothers will pop out of the crate and shoot all the criminals, and then do a smooth flip over the crate. In practice, Romeo doesn't have a gun so the brothers give him a pocket pistol which fails to knock out the forklift operator. After scaring off the operator the brothers hide in the crate, but start bickering. This, combined with Romeo's reckless driving, causes the crate to clumsily fall off the forklift and smash on the floor right in front of the criminals.
- The War on Terror: Otillio came into the country on a visa signed by a sponsor who didn't exist, two months after the September 11th attacks. Which meant that someone pushed his paperwork through during the highest security alert in the history of the United States of America.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Romeo. An approving pat on the hand from his uncle and clear father figure results in Manly Tears from Romeo as he reflects on it later. Naturally, the brothers tease him for it.
- With Due Respect: Lampshaded.
Eunice: "With all due respect... man, I hate it when people say that because it is inevitably followed by a disrespectful remark. Here let me give you an example: With all due respect, detective, this matter falls under whatever jurisdiction I fuckin' say it does."