15
3hrs 29mins

Martin Scorsese's triumphant late-career return to the gangster genre sees the master director team up with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino to tell the story of Frank Sheeran, a mobster with connections to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

This film screens as part of our King of New York: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese retrospective season.

strong violence, language

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King of New York
Martin Scorsese
15
Drama/Fiction
Strong violence, language
English, Italian, Latin, Spanish, German

Martin Scorsese, the undoubted king of the gangster genre, returned to his home turf with this sprawling story of Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, a key figure in the American mafia.

Based on the 2004 memoir I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, and viewed through the prism of Sheeran’s (Robert De Niro) memories of his criminal past, The Irishman used state-of-the-art visual effects to ‘de-age’ its cast, taking them from their 70s through to their 30s. The gambit allowed Scorsese to bring together a megawatt cast, all on exceptional form: the former Goodfellas pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (who came out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano.

Al Pacino, meanwhile, plays Jimmy Hoffa, and delivers a monumental performance in his first film for Scorsese. The many two-handers between Pacino’s Hoffa and De Niro’s Sheeran form the emotional heart of a film which acts as a tragic coda to a trilogy that started with the exuberance of Goodfellas, reached middle age in Casino, and finally arrives at the end of things with The Irishman.