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Citizen Gangster (2011)

Edwin Boyd (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 27 April 2012 (USA)
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WWII vet Eddie Boyd is torn between providing for his young family and an unfulfilled dream of becoming a Hollywood star. He discovers a way to do both, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy.


Nathan Morlando


Nathan Morlando
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Speedman ... Edwin Boyd
Kelly Reilly ... Doreen Boyd
Kevin Durand ... Lenny Jackson
Joseph Cross ... Val Kozak
Brendan Fletcher ... Willie 'The Clown' Jackson
Charlotte Sullivan ... Mary Mitchell
Melanie Scrofano ... Ann Roberts
Brian Cox ... Glover Boyd
William Mapother ... Detective David Rhys
Christian Martyn ... Billy Boyd
Cynthia Galant ... Carolyn Boyd
Daniel Kash ... Al
Joris Jarsky ... War Veteran
Brigitte Kingsley ... Fiona Kordic
Tara Nicodemo ... Bank Teller (Robbery 1)


Based on a real WWII vet and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post war circumstances, Eddie Boyd is torn between the need to provide for his young family and an unfulfilled dream to head to Hollywood to become a star. He discovers a way to do both, robbing banks Hollywood style, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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Gangster. Media darling. Model citizen.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Citizen Gangster See more »

Filming Locations:

Echo Bay, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The historic archive footage of Lorne Greene reporting on the Boyd Gang was the the very first telecast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television network (CBC-TV). See more »


Before joining the Boyd Gang, Edwin Boyd is portrayed as working alone during bank heists. However, he worked with a partner named Howard Gault, who ended up snitching on Edwin in real life, which led to his first arrest. See more »


[last lines]
Bank Teller: How can I help you?
Eddie Boyd: I'd like to make a deposit, please.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Written by Frank Loesser
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slow but good performance from Speedman
2 August 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Edwin Boyd (Scott Speedman) is a WWII vet driving the bus. He has Hollywood dreams. He feels trapped in his life with his wife Doreen (Kelly Reilly) and his kids. One day, he simply walks away from his job. Money problems pile up but he keeps his acting dreams. After overhearing more putdowns from his father Glover (Brian Cox), he goes rob a bank and tells his wife that he got an acting job. Detective David Rhys (William Mapother) is put on the case. After getting caught, he is unrepentant. He escapes with fellow bank robbers Lenny Jackson (Kevin Durand) and Willie 'The Clown' Jackson (Brendan Fletcher). With Val Kozak (Joseph Cross), the crew wrecks havoc across Toronto.

It's a slow prodding movie in the beginning. The colors are drained from the screen. It's like a world seen through Edwin Boyd's eyes. It's a tired world that justifies his need for excitement. It's an interesting choice by director Nathan Morlando. It brings a coldness to the world. However if that's the point, I would expect more colors after he starts robbing banks. I'm just guessing anyways. Without a doubt, Speedman is doing some good work. It's a nice small Canadian drama.

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