Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 3h 29mins
Warning – no babies for 15 Cert.
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci make up the Hollywood holy trinity in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of WWII veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.
Brilliantly scripted by Steven Zaillian, this is a faithful adaptation of an amazing book, originally published as I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt – based on five years of conversations with the real Frank Sheeran, towards the end of his life, in which he spoke about his involvement in decades of organised crime, both with the Mafia and with the Teamsters union, led by Jimmy Hoffa (played by a relentlessly captivating Al Pacino).
In this, Scorsese’s first ever collaboration with Al Pacino, the film has been heralded as a late-career masterpiece. Over the course of three-and-a-half hours, it creates a rich, troubling, transfixing tableau of America at a time when the Mafia’s influence reached high and low. At 76, Scorsese proves he’s still got enough in the tank for one last love letter to mob life.