Based on the true story of Edwin Boyd, the man who became postwar Toronto’s most famous criminal. Edwin Boyd has returned from WWII
and is dismayed by public indifference towards veterans and humiliated by his inability to fulfill his dream of being a Hollywood star or provide for his children and wife Doreen. Seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father, Eddie is desperate and starts to rob banks. But what starts as friendly and flirtatious robberies, performed while wearing thick makeup, evolves over time into a career that when mixed with a gang of small time criminals is not unlike that of Clyde Barrow or Butch Cassidy, in which crime and love are mixed to get explosive results.
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||April 27th, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Films|
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||Gangs, Returning Soldiers, World War II, Prison Break, Dysfunctional Family, Depression, Heist, Prison, Paralysis / Loss of a Limb, Life on the Outside, Poverty, Villain's Point of View|
|Source:||Based on Real Life Events|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
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August 28th, 2012
We are clearly in TV on DVD season on the home market as there are five TV on DVD releases among the top six selling releases, with Battleship being the only first run release to break up the TV on DVD dominance. There are many such releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week: Boardwalk Empire: Season Two on Blu-ray, Homeland: Season One on Blu-ray, Once Upon a Time: Season One on Blu-ray, and The Walking Dead: Season Two on Blu-ray. However, in the end I went with The Pirates! Band of Misfits on 3D Combo Pack as the Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Monsieur Lazhar on DVD or Blu-ray earns a rarely awarded Puck of the Week.
August 27th, 2012
Citizen Gangster is a Canadian film based on the real life gangster, Edwin Boyd. It earned mixed reviews from critics, but absolutely crashed and burned at the box office. Is it a better movie than its box office would indicate? It would pretty much have to be. But is it a better movie that the critics gave it credit?
May 2nd, 2012
Bernie got off to an unexpectedly strong start with an average of $28,602 in three theaters. With 82% positive reviews, it should have strong enough word-of-mouth to expand significantly. Headhunters was the only other film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,753 in four theaters. As a foreign language film, it will have more trouble expanding.
April 27th, 2012
It's a very busy week for limited releases with a dozen films on this week's list. This includes a number of films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews or earning some pre-release buzz. Jesus Henry Christ, Headhunters, Booker's Place, and Sound of My Voice all have a shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. I doubt all four will, because there's just too much competition for limited dollars, but hopefully at least a couple will do so.
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