Netflix has finally released the long-awaited movie “The Irishman” which is a reunion of sorts for Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and director Martin Scorsese in over a decade. This gangster movie is set to be screened at the New York Film Festival in September and it will be released on the streaming platform in the fall.
“The Irishman” refers to Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who was a former union boss who became a mafia hitman for the Bufalino crime family. It’s based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which detailed the murder of union leader Jimmi Hoffa and was written by Charles Brandt.
Steven Zaillian, who worked with Scorsese in “Gangs of New York,” adapted the story for the big screen. The film also stars Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham and Jesse Plemons.
De Niro and Scorsese did nine films together since “Casino” in the 1990s. While this is the first time Scorsese will direct Pacino, the latter and De Niro have done four films together in their lifetime career. Pesci, meanwhile, has been retired from the movie since the early 2000s but he was convinced to join this film because of De Niro and Scorsese.
“The Irishman” has been like a passion project for the director. He worked on the film’s development since 2014. Casting took shape in 2015 but the writing wasn’t completed until 2017.
Sheeran was the leading figure in the corruptions among union members by an organized crime group. He also claimed that it was the mafia who had President John F. Kennedy killed.
While he worked for Hoffa, who ended up becoming his close friends, he admitted to murdering the mafia boss some years later. To date, the FBI still has to prove his connection to Hoffa’s death but Sheeran has already died of cancer in 2003 in Philadelphia.