White Irish Drinkers

Synopsis: It's early autumn of 1975 in Brooklyn and 18-year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is killing time, pulling off petty crimes with his street tough older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor), whom he both idolizes and fears. He doesn't really want to be a criminal, but he doesn't share the dreams of his old friends from their working class neighborhood either. They all yearn for the culturally approved 9-to-5 Civil Service jobs with benefit packages that will carry them through weekends of beer into lazy retirement. Brian doesn't want to end up in a soul-numbing job like his buddies, but he's sure he doesn't want to be like his best friend Todd (Zachary Booth) either. Todd has betrayed their blue-collar roots by accepting a scholarship to college. But Brian has a secret -- he's a talented artist. In the basement of the bagel shop beneath his parent's apartment, he creates impressionistic charcoal and watercolor images of the stifling city that surrounds him. When he puts on his headphones and pa
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Gray
Production: Screen Media Films
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

- Get the necklaces.

Go. Go.

Hey, fuckface.

What's wrong with that one?

- Uh, nothing.

It's got a thing. That's all.

- What thing?

- A what do you call it?

Like, you know, an engraving.

- So what.

- So you can't sell something-

that's got somebody's name on it.

- What are you, the f***ing

stolen goods monitor?

- No, I'm just saying

that you can't sell it if it's-

- take it; I don't give a sh*t

whose name's on it.

- Come on, danny; It's

somebody's birthday cross, man.

What the f***?

- Don't waste my time.

If you don't got the balls-

- look, I'm not gonna take

this one, okay?

- Then get the f*** out.

- What?

- You're f***ing useless.

- You asked me for a favor.

- You're my brother.

I'm doing you a favor.

Now get out.

I'll do it on my own.


go the way we came in.

Leave the flashlight,


I should have known better.

- Yeah, me too.

- # oh I got into a fistfight #

# on my first day of school #

# oh I came home

with a fat lip #

# and a blackened eye to boot #

# oh it seems

the local bullyboy #

# oh he didn't like me much #

# when he knocked me down

I got right up #

# oh what else could I do #

# oh I came home to my old man,

told me what I had to do #

# 'cause tomorrow

that same bullyboy #

# be waitin' there for you #

# oh there's good

and there's bad #

# in this world

that we live in #

# I'm tellin' ya son #

# I'm tellin' ya son #

- # oh believe what you feel

not what you heard #

# I'm tellin' ya son #

# I'm tellin' ya son #

- # I met a girl at 16 #

# and she broke my heart

in two #

# oh I learned to drink at 17,

had my first woman too #

# oh the times

they were a-changin' #

# and my old town I outgrew #

# had to see the world

and live my own life #

# so many things I had to do #

# well I quit my job

at the cannery #

# and saved a buck or two #

# oh I knew I'd miss

old mom and dad #

# well it's what I had to do #

- When are we gonna get

some more es, whitey?

- People get the idea.

They don't need to see

every f***ing letter.

- You seem crankier

than usual today.

- We cleared 3 grand

on this chuck berry thing,

but it's only gonna

keep us going for a month.

- I'll find us another act.

There's plenty of these guys

from yesterday

that would come and play

for a lump sum.

- Well, I'm running real low

on lump sums,

especially with a shylock

up my ass.

- Maybe we'll get one of

the big movies at christmas,

run it for a couple of weeks.

- If we make it till then.

- We've got to advertise.

Look at this.

There's two pages

for the rolling stones

at madison square garden.

It's the first tour

with ron wood.

- Who the f*** is ron wood?

Sounds like a porn star.

- The new guitarist.

You know, it wouldn't kill you

to stay up on that sh*t.

- That's what I got you for.

Besides, the rolling stones

have all kinds of money.

They can afford to advertise.

We can't.


see if you can get buddy holly.

He was big once.

Now he's not doing sh*t.

- That's 'cause he's dead,


- Well,

that's no good.

They got to at least be alive.

- You really have your finger

on the pulse of today.

You seen it?

- Seen what?


f***in' freak show.

They'll play a week,

never be heard from again.

Stop bustin' my balls

and get back to work,

you little sh*t.

- Maybe a concert every month

and the rest of the time movies.

- So you think up the ideas,

and he makes the money.

- It's not like that, ma.

He throws me a little

something extra when he can.

He's barely hanging on as it is.

- So you're really

on the ground floor

of something fantastic here.

- We're gonna turn

that theater around.

- You should turn around and get

yourself a serious line of work.

- I like what I do.

- You like it.

What's that have to do

with a job?

- Sorry, I lost my head there

for a second.

- You need benefits,

job security, a pension.

You got a good

catholic school diploma.

You're gonna throw it all away

on a movie theater

owned by a guy named whitey?

- People are always gonna want

to see movies, ma,

not just on tv,

in theaters.

- Eat.

- It's too hot.

- No, it isn't.

- It isn't?

The only thing missing

are the firemen.

- Where's danny?

Should I put something out

for him?

- Sure, you should put out

the fire in this soup.

- That's very funny, brian,

tonight, very funny.

Maybe you'd rather wear

your dinner.

- Hey.

What's up?

- Dinner's ready.

- Mmm, pork chops.

What a surprise.

- I'm going to

the butcher tomorrow.

- Uh-huh.

- I'll get some chopped meat.

- Hey, brian.

What do you call

an irish seven-course meal?

- A six-pack and a potato.

- Oh.

That's not funny?

- I heard it.

- Gets a laugh at clancy's

every time.

Where's the other guy?

- Out.

- Yeah, I can tell he's out,

because he's not here.

He's out where?

- I don't know.

- Paddy, just-just eat

before it gets cold.

- There's no chance

of it getting cold.

- There's a chance you'll

be making your own dinner

from now on.

- Hey,

let's not get hysterical.

- You don't know where

your own son is?

- He's old enough for me

to not know where he is.

- I don't give a damn

how old he is.

He's living in my house.

Tell him as long

as he's living here,

I want to see his ass

in that seat at dinnertime.

I'm not running a hotel here,

and tell him to get

his hair cut.

You got a problem?

- What?

- Something you want to say?

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