Hells Kitchen: Church vs. the Mob
largely takes place in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York
This neighborhood seems to be locked in a constant struggle between the church and the
The mob in the movie is represented by the aging mafia boss King Benny, while the
church is represented by Father Bobby, who acts as a literal father figure to the four boys who
are the main characters of the movie.
Young people in Hell’s Kitchen are taught from a young
age to respect both the church and the mob.
In a neighborhood where most of the residents were
poor Irish and Italian children of immigrants, the Catholic Church played a large role in their
While it is not tolerated for anyone within the neighborhood to commit a crime against
anyone else in the neighborhood, it is common practice to keep quiet about known mobsters and
their activities which commonly take place within the neighborhood.
As “Shakes” says while