Released 1998


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John Shea
Southie is an action drama that tells how leaving the projects sometimes doesn't fix anything. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), quit drinking, quit his South Boston gang two years ago, and currently works in New York City. He receives word that his childhood friend Whitey (Will Arnett) is getting married, and Donnie believes he's now straight enough to head back to his home town for the wedding. As soon as Danny arrives home, he sees that things haven't changed. His two brothers, Davy (Robert Wahlberg) and Jimmy (Steven Kozlowski) along with Whitey, run an illegal casino banked by the Quinn Mob. On top of that, his sister Kathy (Rose McGowan) is out of control, leaving one party and going to another. Danny decides to move back home to help his mom Iris Quinn (Anne Meara), straighten out his family. While trying to find a 'legit' job, Danny meets up with best friends Colie (Lawrence Tierney) and Peter (John Shea), who also need his help. They offer him a place operating a different illegal casino funded by the Finnerty Mob on the other side of town. Old gang rival Joey (James Cummings), new boss of the Quinn Mob, soon shows up and threatens to kill his bothers, unless they pay him back for the money they borrowed to fund their casino. Danny now has little time to straighten out his family and to help his friends before both start a mob war.moreless


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  • 63

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    Juicy acting and an intense individual and communal commitment that seems to boil up from the streets carry Southie past its structural and technical limitations. [28 May 1999]

  • 60

    Film Threat Tom Meek

    The acting is admirable and the film's hip, on-the-street feel is enticing, it's just too bad that this Irish "Goodfellas" hangs itself with a plot that's contrived and one dimensi...

  • 20

    Variety Ken Eisner

    Bottom-drawer plot of a South Boston bad boy returning to tie up loose ends reads like every other "Mean Streets" knockoff in the past decade, with no scene, development or perform...

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Thrillers, Crime