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  • Billing Displacement:
    • Willem Dafoe is not the main character of the first film, despite what the poster in the main page may tell you.
    • Peter Fonda doesn't appear until the last 20 minutes of All Saint's Day, yet still got billed over Billy Connolly (Il Duce and the father of Connor and Murphy).
  • Box Office Bomb: Both films:
    • First film: Budget - $6 million. Box Office - $30,471.
    • Slightly Downplayed with the second film: Budget - $8 million. Box Office - $10.6 million. It broke even but not enough success to call it a hit.
  • California Doubling: Both films are set in Boston, but, apart from the flyover establishing shots, were filmed in Toronto. The CN Tower and Toronto Dominion bank locations can be seen in various shots.
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    • In a more specific example, the church scene at the start of the first film was shot in an Anglican Church rather than a Catholic Church, due to the producers being unable to convince any Catholic diocese to allow them to film on their property. The Anglican traditions are considered about as close to Catholicism as non-Catholic Christian churches get, but you can still spot a few differences in the service as shown.
  • Channel Hop: The movie was supposed to be released by Miramax, as Harvey Weinstein took interest in the script (as rumors state, anyway; as some say he didn't even read the script, just that it was hot property) and even offered extensive goods to Duffy such as buying a bar Duffy worked at, to even allowing Duffy's band The Brood to have a record deal to do the film's soundtrack. Unfortunately, due to Duffy's infamous ego, all of these plans collapsed and the film was instead given to Franchise Pictures.
  • Completely Different Title:
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    • Spanish countries: The Saints of Hell
    • Germany: The Bloody Path of God
    • Japan: Executioners
    • Brazil: Punisher Saints
    • Canada: Mission from God
    • Croatia: Saints Against the Mafia
    • Czech Republic: Blood Brothers
    • France: Boston Angels
    • Greece: Exterminator Saints
    • Hungary: Brotherhood
    • Slovenia: Dirty Saint
    • Spain: The Chosen Ones
    • Argentina: The Fifth Hell
    • Taiwan: Vanguard
    • Turkey: Saints of the City
  • The Danza: Carmine DiStephano plays Augustus DiStephano, a retired mob boss. Also, David Della Rocco is played by none other than a man named David Della Rocco.
  • Dawson Casting: A rather bizarre example in that, in the sequel, Judd Nelson plays the son of the Big Bad of the first film, played by Carlo Rota, when Nelson is actually a year and a half older than Rota (Nelson was born on 1959 and Rota was born on 1961).
  • Deleted Role: Janet Wright had a small role as Connor and Murphy's eccentric mother who calls them from Ireland (jokingly) threatening to kill herself. The scene was cut from the final film, but can be seen on Blu-ray, DVD.
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  • Development Hell: The second film took ten years to make due to a lack of funding and Troy Duffy's ego. The third film, thus far, seems to be in the same position. Duffy has said if negotiations go through, the story may be continued in a TV series, but the progress seems to be going slowly.
  • Distanced from Current Events: The film had a delayed release and was heavily restricted by MPAA after the Columbine shootings because of the violent content
  • Enforced Method Acting: Apparently, Billy Connolly was so stoked to be Playing Against Type so radically in the role of Il Duce and having so much fun playing a psycho with guns strapped all over him that they had to add the huge cigar the character constantly smokes because unless they stuck something in his mouth he simply couldn't stop smiling.
  • Fake American: The film was shot in Toronto, and most of the supporting parts are played by Canadian actors.
  • Fake Irish: Needless to say, Billy Connolly is not actually Irish. Neither are the actors playing his sons, though Sean Patrick Flanery does have Irish ancestry.
  • Fake Russian: Fat Man (Yuri Petrova) is the only Russian played by an actual Russian.
  • The Foreign Subtitle:
    • Finland: The Boondock Saints: Angels of Southern Boston
    • Italy: The Boondock Saints: Final Justice
  • Inspiration for the Work: Troy Duffy was inspired by his disgust at seeing a drug dealer taking money from a corpse across the hall from his apartment.
  • Invisible Advertising: The film was all ready to be released, but unfortunate timing meant it had to be released quietly. The second movie was set up this way at first, but positive reception among the fans gave it two wider releases.
  • Name's the Same: Doc the bartender is played by Gerard Parkes, who also played Doc the inventor in Fraggle Rock.
  • Orphaned Reference: When the McManus brothers arrive to whack Vincenzo, they tell Rocco to hold off on shooting another random lowlife in a separate stall and let them do the deed, implying that It's Personal for them. In the script, the lowlife was a pimp who had previously roughed up an innocent nun (the one we see bruised and bloodied in the hospital), and the brothers caught sight of him entering the peep show behind Vincenzo.
  • Production Posse: Billy Connolly (Il Duce) and Gerard Parkes (Doc) both previously worked on The Muppets franchise. Connolly was Billy Bones in Muppet Treasure Island, and Gerard Parkes was a different Doc in Fraggle Rock.
  • Playing Against Type: Il Duce, the stone-cold veteran hitman, is played by Billy Connolly of all people. He's done serious roles before, but not like this.
  • Scully Box: In order to appear taller on screen, Willem Dafoe wore platform shoes during filming. This is especially noticeable at his first appearance, when he crouches down near the body in the alleyway.
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