— by JESSICA CARSON —On March 11, 2010, “The Boondock Saints” movie was shown in theaters across the United States for one night only. Like many, I had never seen the original film on the big screen. Being a huge “Boondock Saints” fan, this was an event I just couldn’t miss!
The 10-year anniversary showing of the film in Maine was held at Regal Cinemas in Brunswick. It was a special honor for us here in Maine to be able to watch the movie with the director, Troy Duffy, and Funny Man David Della Rocco.
This is a movie I have easily seen 50 times. Watching it in a movie theater was like watching it for the first time. There were so many little details that I had never noticed before. I was also impressed that the movie seemed so timeless. Other than Willem Dafoe’s portable CD player, I felt like the movie could have been filmed two years ago and not 10!
Throughout the show, I could hear audience members reciting lines right along with the actors on screen. Parts of the movie we have laughed at hundreds of times, we were still laughing at.
When the credits were done rolling, we were treated to special features added especially for this 10-year anniversary event. There was footage of the party in Los Angeles, a music video by The Dirges, cast interviews, as well as pictures and comments from loyal fans. The fun didn’t stop there, though. After the movie, all “Boondock Saints” fans in the theater were invited to attend an after-party at RiRa’s Irish Pub in Portland, Maine.
Entering the front doors at RiRa’s, I was instantly caught up in the waves of people and energy pulsing around me. Fans from all over the state of Maine (and beyond) had come out in full force to meet Troy Duffy, Bob Marley and David Della Rocco. The party officially started when Troy Duffy took the stage and led the crowd with their glasses raised to a group recital of the brothers prayer. Following Troy, The Dirges claimed everyone’s attention with their outstanding performance. The Dirges were kind enough to fly from California for this one night in Portland, Maine.
The sidewalk outside RiRa’s was just as much fun as being near the bar inside. Troy and Rocco would often step outside for some fresh air and socialize with fans like old friends. At one point, Rocco was signing posters outside and was sweet enough to stand in front of the “Boondock Saints” bus for people who wanted to take pictures. There was also some discussion on the line “Catch you on the flip side.” Troy was busy giving advice to young Media Studies college students and making sure a few lovely ladies who would be at the St. Patty’s Day bash in Boston made it onto the VIP list!
It was a great night for “Boondock Saints” fans in Portland, Maine. I only hope that in 15 years, when the movie turns 25, that there is another tour and we can do it all over again.
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