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And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.

Such are the famous words of the brothers from Boondock Saints, the 1999 cult-classic action film starring Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Willem Dafoe. The film was the personal project of Troy Duffy, who worked as a bartender before signing with New Line Cinema. It was filmed entirely on location in Boston and can be seen on the Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour.

The movie follows two Irish-Boston part time criminals, with a heavy influence of the lord. In the opening scene of the movie, Reedus and Flanery can be seen attending mass at the Church of the Covenant at 67 Newbury Street, Back Bay. This crucial scene is a symbolic start for the two brothers, where they learn that a possible solution to the crimes in their home (South Boston) is to take matters into their own hands.

Closer to the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the Charles Street Prison was also used in the film. The film’s antagonist, Papa Joe (Carlo Rota), bribes officers to release the famed hitman Il Duce (played by Billy Connolly). Though the prison is currently a high-end hotel and restaurant, the crew completely revamped the interior ballroom to become a high security prison cell for the hitman.

Check out The Boondock Saints before coming on the Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour or the private Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour, and you’ll be able to recognize many of the iconic spots featured in this movie!

* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.