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Righteous Kill (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 September 2008 (USA)
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Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.



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Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las dos caras de la ley  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,288,361 (USA) (12 September 2008)


$40,076,438 (USA) (12 December 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the first movie where Al Pacino and Robert De Niro starred together, The Godfather: Part II (1974), they both played gangsters. In their second movie Heat (1995), Pacino was a cop, and DeNiro was a gangster. In this, their third movie together, they are both cops. This is also the first movie where they have extended interaction. They never shared a scene in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and in Heat (1995) they only had two scenes. See more »


At the beginning, in the shooting gallery, the first targets being winched backwards alternate between intact and bullet-ridden. See more »


[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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References Dumb & Dumber (1994) See more »


Written by Papoose (as Willie Mackie), Robert Smith, Sha Money X.L. (as Michael Clervoix)
Performed by Papoose
Published by Thugacation Music (ASCAP), All rights administered by Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP) on behalf of itself and Mossberg Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Thugacastion Record/StreetSweepers Entertainment/Violator Management
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User Reviews

De Niro and Pacino make it a good movie…
14 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has a lot of problem, but the great performances of its stars still make it worth seeing at the theater. The twist was way too predictable (I had it solved half an hour in, and I'm usually unable to figure out twists way ahead of time) and the script wasn't very impressive. The direction is OK, but nothing special. There were some pretty funny moments and one liners though. The only thing that makes this better than a sub-par thriller is De Niro and Pacino, both of whom put in great performances and really save this movie. The supporting actors do just fine, but are overshadowed. I was really anxious for a movie in which the pair finally share some significant screen time together, and this movie was about as good as could be expected, considering the makers of the film.

It isn't the best movie out right now (try Burn After Reading), but I do recommend going to see this one. I give it 7/10. I hope Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up again, hopefully with a better screenplay and director.

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