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Overnight: Documentary about the Director of Boondock Saints

post #1 of 13
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I just watched this documentary about Troy Duffy, the bartender who Miramax gave a bunch of cash to for his BOONDOCK SAINTS script, and also agreed to let him direct. It's one of the more interesting documentaries I have seen and an amazing look at a guy who had an ego the size of a cruise ship.

I don't think it matters if you liked, hated, or haven't even seen BOONDOCK SAINTS to enjoy OVERNIGHT. It's simply a great view into the mind of a guy who feels he is automatically supposed to be the next Tarantino before ever yelling "action." But if you did hate SAINTS you will probably have a good time seeing this guy's rise to fame explode in his face.

I actually liked SAINTS as a mindless vigilante flick, but after seeing OVERNIGHT I can't figure out how the guy was able to put it together. One of the doc's few faults is a lack of footage of SAINTS being shot. I have no clue how a guy who never went to film school and doesn't appear to have a real passion for film made anything that looks like a motion picture with $7.5 million.

The funniest parts of OVERNIGHT, aside from Duffy talking to a class of film students, are early on when Duffy starts ripping on actors who might play the leads in SAINTS. He vows he'll never do a movie with Keanu Reeves and calls Kenneth Brannagh a cunt. Of course the film's leads ended up being Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus.
post #2 of 13
This guy has an unbelievable ego. He's still talking about bringing the sequel to Saints to the big screen. Has that ever happened before? A DTV sequel goes right to theaters? Where'd you get this documentary? I've heard about it but haven't seen it anywhere. Sounds entertaining.

F.T.W. Kid
post #3 of 13
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I think it just came out for rent this week. My brother told me about getting it through Netflix a few weeks ago but they must have had some kind of exclusive deal with OVERNIGHT for a while. I've also been hearing about a sequel to SAINTS for a long time but the only thing on the film's supposed website is the amazing chance to buy SAINTS merchandise. Even though OVERNIGHT states that SAINTS played in about 5 theaters for a week I'd still consider it a DTV film, perhaps one of the more popular ones aside from the Disney sequels and the original PUNISHER. But after seeing OVERNIGHT I can understand why nobody would want to work with Duffy.
post #4 of 13
I hate Boondocks Saint and desperately want to see this. Few things would make me happier than watching everything explode in that idiot's face.
post #5 of 13
I was blown away by how much Troy Duffy reminds me of one of my old bosses. In fact, my boss was exactly one half Troy Duffy and one half Ricky Gervais' character from The Office. Scary, really, and yeah, shitty, shitty guy to work for.

I was also surprised by how good Boondock Saints turned out to be considering the monumental fuck-up he apparently made of his career. Of course, the doc was something of a hackjob, since it was made in part by one of his spurned buddies. There might be a substantial part of the story we're missing.
post #6 of 13
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I agree that the doc is very one-sided partly due to the fact that it's made by 2 of the guys who Duffy screwed with the most during his "glory" days. I've almost considered listening to the Duffy commentary on the SAINTS DVD to see if he manages to come across at all better there. OVERNIGHT certainly does make one thing clear, don't piss off Harvey Weinstein.
post #7 of 13
I remember reading an interview with Duffy and he made a comment about his meeting with Weinstein 'If you go in there and he lists a couple of actors who he thinks are right for your movie and you agree, he knows he's dealing with a sap' I can't say that was word for word what he said because it was awhile ago that I read it but I think it's interesting, Duffy went in with a clear gameplan about who he wanted for the original leads, he didn't get them but I think he showed enough balls for Weinstein to take a further interest in his script. Of course, it didn't work out and Duffy ended up with Flannery and Reedus, the point was that he got to that point by not backing down when first meeting Weinstein, he wasn't intimidated by him.
post #8 of 13
Actually, I just read an interview with the makers of this, and they address Duffy's accusation that they were out to smear him. They reveal that there is in fact hours of footage of his anti-semetic, racist ramblings that they decided they wouldn't include.

You can't deny that the guy is a prick really. He acted like a complete Diva and blew his chance of ever working again, and I noticed that 'Boondock Saints 2' has been listed on the IMDB since Boondock Saints came out and there's still been nothing.
post #9 of 13
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There's no doubt that Duffy is a huge prick, I just wonder if that's all we got out of the great doc or if there is anything more to the guy. As interesting as OVERNIGHT is I would have liked to hear exactly how Weinstein became interested in the guy. It's got to be a little bit more than Weinstein walked into a bar, talked with Duffy, and then gave him $300,000 and the task of directing the film.
post #10 of 13
I was suprised when I first heard of this doc, because I've watched the film commentary and Duffy came across as an alright guy. He didn't really seem like a prick at all. He complemented people who worked on the film and didn't come across as a crazy bastard at all. I'll have to pick this up.

F.T.W. Kid
post #11 of 13
I thought I read somewhere that Miramax bought the film because they heard that New Line were after it. Weinstein had never even seen the script when he walked into that Bar. He just heard that it was getting a bit of buzz and went for it.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti
I actually liked SAINTS as a mindless vigilante flick, but after seeing OVERNIGHT I can't figure out how the guy was able to put it together. One of the doc's few faults is a lack of footage of SAINTS being shot. I have no clue how a guy who never went to film school and doesn't appear to have a real passion for film made anything that looks like a motion picture with $7.5 million..
Yeah, I've started to wonder whether he had some outside help on crafting Saints. It might not be Oscar material, but I thought Saints was a strong indie action flick, boosted by the Dafoe factor. How could this halfwit have possibly created it? In Overnight he's the posterboy for stupidity run wild.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by FTW Kid
I was suprised when I first heard of this doc, because I've watched the film commentary and Duffy came across as an alright guy. He didn't really seem like a prick at all. He complemented people who worked on the film and didn't come across as a crazy bastard at all. I'll have to pick this up.

F.T.W. Kid
Yeah, I listened to the commentary for Boondock Saints a long time before seeing this, and he sounded like a normal, cool guy.
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