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What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

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Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Yebba ...
Roundman / Old Lady (as Mike Yebba)
Brian Connolly ...
Nathaniel Smyth ...
Mark (5 Years Old)
Mark (10 Years Old)
Thomas Regan ...
Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
George Khoury ...
Delivery Man


An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They didn't choose a life of crime. They came from it. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Real Men Cry  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s. See more »


In the scene where they were scoping out the armored truck, they start the car to follow it. However, we can see the car start rolling forward before we hear the ignition is turned and put in gear. See more »


Brian Reilly: Hey five grand is five grand.
Paulie McDougan: It's embarrassin!
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Yeah Yeah Yeah
Written by Gary Cherone, Leo J. Mellace & Stephen M. Catizone
Performed by Gary Cherone
Courtesy of Sanctum Sound
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This is a very underrated film.
26 November 2009 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated film. I think its a shame it never has gotten publicity. I randomly picked it up on the fly for free a local library on DVD and was amazed that I never even have heard of it. There are no gimmicks or high wire stunts this was true to life. We need more of these films to rejuvenate what the cinema has become lately. I was thoroughly impressed on all levels with this film. This could of done very well in the box office if it had marketing at the time. Sadly CGI and fake acting has trumped modern cinema lately. This gritty true to life story beats them all hands down. I give it an 8/10, simply based upon the rehashing of older story-lines together. It still holds its own charm. Rent this movie and you will be surprised how well it was done.

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