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Righteous Kill (2008)

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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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"There's nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot" [UK] See more »

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 USA:

$16,288,361, 14 September 2008, Wide Release

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When Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Brian Dennehy are speaking about the murder investigation of "Bob Brady", De Niro says, "Seriously, Lieutenant, how far do you want us to go with this Rambo murder?" Dennehy was the main antagonist, "Sheriff Will Teasle" in First Blood (1982). See more »


When Turk and Rooster are in the church (near the beginning after the weapon has been planted) the harsh key light (sun ray from window) comes from stage right. When they cut to the close up it comes from stage left. See more »


[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


Written by Stephen Edwards
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Self Indulgent Old People
19 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film is appalling. De Niro is 65, Pacino is 68, Dennehey is 70. Serious actors who have all done some brilliant work in their time labouring under the delusion that they can act 'young'. And of course they can't. It is embarrassing. Clint used to be the master(?) of this genre, Harrison Ford has had a shot at it - but to see actors of the calibre of De Niro and Pacino having a go is dreadful; surely they did not need the money... De Niro's love interest is in her 30s and looks it - despite having had enough botox to sink a ship. In the real world De Niro can pull a mid 30s woman because of his money and power, but as a humble detective? I think not. There are mild sex scenes - spoiler alert? - and they make you wince. Even the basic stuff like, er, movement is cut to protect the guilty; starting with a full body shot and then cutting to upper body only. UK readers of this comment over 50 might recall Dixon of Dock Green and how, as he aged, there were less full body walking shots and the 'running' looked a bit silly. There are loads of buddy movies out there, often with the hard nosed lieutenant, and this does not begin to compete. Because the leads are too old. I am all for 'willing suspension of disbelief', but Dennehey (at 70) threatening a 68 year old about his pension, while looking like an extra from Cocoon? It does not work. This movie is all about 'lazy' and trading on reputations. I think Pacino is a genius - I watched Carlito last night, De Niro is brilliant - I think 'Ronin' and "I ambushed you with a coffee cup", Dennehey has done wonderful work - the first Rambo movie for example. In this film they are assuming that nobody will notice that they are all 20 years too old. They are wrong and I find this a bit disrespectful.

And all the above is before beginning to consider the plot. Which is lazy and formulaic - if you make it to the final 'twist', you will be neither surprised nor care. This film is aimed simply at the 'fan' market - those who will get excited at Pacino and De Niro in the same film together a la 'Heat'. But 'Heat' was a brilliant film, and this is but a piece of lazy self indulgent nonsense.

I am not a 'fan' of any artist per se; I am a 'fan' of their serious work. If they chose to disrespect me - in the way that the three male leads here have done - I feel that I have very little choice but to disrespect them for my part.

Pacino has had a dabble with Shakespeare - his Shylock was excellent, I have not seen his Richard - I would love to see him do Lear. I do not need to see him put on his leather jacket again. Not at 68.

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