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What Doesn't Kill You -- Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo lead an all-star cast in this drama about a pair of childhood friends from the gritty streets of South Boston that turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. Also starring Donnie Wahlberg, Amanda Peet and Brian Goodman.
What Doesn't Kill You -- Two lifelong friends who have survived the mean streets of South Boston find it increasingly hard to maintain a balance between their personal lives and the "jobs" they take for a local crime boss (Goodman).
What Doesn't Kill You -- Clip: So you got my money
What Doesn't Kill You -- Clip: We haven't talked much
What Doesn't Kill You -- Clip: How you doing


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mark Ruffalo ... Brian Reilly

Ethan Hawke ... Paulie McDougan

Amanda Peet ... Stacy Reilly

Will Lyman ... Sully

Brian Goodman ... Pat Kelly

Donnie Wahlberg ... Detective Moran

Angela Featherstone ... Katie

Edward Lynch ... Jackie

Michael Yebba ... Roundman / Old Lady (as Mike Yebba)
Brian Connolly ... Sean
Nathaniel Smyth ... Mark (5 Years Old)
Oscar Wahlberg ... Mark (10 Years Old)
Thomas Regan ... Young Paulie

Johnny Serret ... Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
George Khoury ... Delivery Man

Holly Karrol Clark ... Waitress / Kim

Leif Riddell ... Off Duty Officer

Lenny Clarke ... Hogie

Jay Giannone ... Matt (as John Robert Giannone)
Michael Balcanoff ... Marius
Richard Lane Jr. ... Gunther - Poodle Napper

John Fiore ... Creep / Murder Victim
Joseph Bavis ... Polack
Katelyn Cahill ... Young Stacy

Rich Skinner ... Chappy (as Richard Skinner)

Dennis Lynch ... Carpet Store Driver
Michael Testone ... Anthony
T. Sean Ferguson ... Alcoholic Speaker #1

Brienne De Beau ... Lisa / Waitress
Richard Italiano ... Tommy (as Richard Italiano Jr.)
Will Le Bow ... Burt - Jeweler (as Will Lebow)

Danny Naten ... Callahan / Guard
Bo Cleary ... Steroid Geek #1

Kevin McCormick ... Steroid Geek #2
Dylan Kelley ... Steroid Geek #3

Lindsey McKeon ... Nicole

Bates Wilder ... Doctor
Edward Ordway ... Ronny Dents

Kelly Holleman ... Nurse
Ryan Mahony ... Ray - Alcoholic Speaker (as Ryan Mahoney)
Kristen Mastroianni-Pascucci ... Anchorwoman

Vic Clay ... Robert Stavos / Child Molester

Tom Kemp ... Captain Stover (as Thomas Kemp)

Robert Kelly ... Gas Man
Mark Goodman ... City Worker

Steve Sweeney ... Power Wash Jerry

Brian Scannell ... Eddie
Thomas Olson ... Richie the Slob
Mandy Olsen ... Sidewalk Café Worker
Ally Flaherty ... Café Patron

Christopher Connolly ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barry Ace ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Ellen Becker-Gray ... Participant in AA Meeting (uncredited)

Chemi Che-Mponda ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Desiree April Connolly ... Teacher / Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Sean Patrick Doherty ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Keith Fluker ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Rick Fuller ... (uncredited)
David J. Garfield ... Street Thug (uncredited)

Susan Garibotto ... Paulie's Mother (uncredited)
Patrick Mel Hayes ... Irish Thug / Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Haytham Kandil ... Doctor (uncredited)

Dan Marshall ... AA Meeting Member (uncredited)

Martin Montana ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Ed O'Keefe ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Chris Palermo ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Vyvian B. Stevens ... Upscale Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Donald Warnock ... Jimmy - Loudmouth Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Goodman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Goodman  writer
Paul T. Murray  writer
Donnie Wahlberg  writer

Produced by
Marc Frydman .... producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Rod Lurie .... producer
Peter R. McIntosh .... executive producer (as Peter McIntosh)
Bob Yari .... producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Chris Norr 
Film Editing by
Robert Hoffman 
Casting by
Donna DeSeta 
Production Design by
Henry Dunn 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Engel 
Costume Design by
Roemehl Hawkins 
Makeup Department
Peggy Nicholson .... key hair stylist
Emma C. Rotondi .... first assistant hair (as Emma Rotundi)
Trish Seeney .... makeup department head
L. Sher Williams .... first assistant makeup artist (as Sher Williams)
Production Management
Buddy Enright .... executive in charge of production
Jill Greenblatt .... post-production manager
Linda L. Miller .... executive in charge of production
Caleb Womble .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second assistant director
T. Sean Ferguson .... first assistant director
Michelle McGrier .... dga trainee
Art Department
Audra Avery .... on-set dresser
Adam D. Bouchard .... set dresser
Andréa Ciraldo .... set dresser
Jaima Fogg .... assistant property master
Vanessa Knoll .... assistant decorator
Dave Major .... picture car coordinator
Luke Malloy .... set dresser
Laura Mernoff .... chargeman painter
Matthew Mozzone .... art department pa
Tim Payson .... property master
Kurt Smith .... construction coordinator
Cleo Wang .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gioia Birkett-Foa .... sound utility
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor (as Rob Getty)
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor (as Danielle Fiorello)
Anton Gold .... sound mixer
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Jette .... adr mixer
David Mann .... sound effects editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Kevin S. Parker .... boom operator
Eric Raber .... sound effects editor
Steve Schatz .... sound mixing recordist
Kevin Skaggs .... digital transfer engineer
Alec St. John .... sound re-recording mixer
Alec St. John .... supervising sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Visual Effects by
Jaime Fortuno-Lavin .... Inferno artist
Mitch Gates .... CG supervisor: Encore Hollywood
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer
Bob Minshall .... Inferno artist
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Haytham Kandil .... stunts
Michael Russo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Shawn Doherty .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ethan Borsuk .... key second assistant camera
Jason Bowen .... generator operator
Rick Cardillo .... lighting technician
Jon Delgado .... camera operator
Jon Delgado .... director of photography: second unit
Dru Dunnaway .... electrician
Craig Gleason .... lighting technician
Jesse Goldberg .... electrician
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer
Dan Hutchinson .... electrician
Mark Killian .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
David LaCarubba .... camera production assistant
Ed Lalli .... electrician
Maritza Norr .... loader
Matthew Pebler .... second assistant camera
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera
Daryl Richardson .... grip
Ivar Weberg .... grip
Warren A. Weberg .... best boy grip
William M. Weberg .... key grip
Frans Wetterings III .... gaffer
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Joe Christofori .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marine Albert .... casting assistant
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Katy Joyce .... extras casting assistant
Angela Peri .... location casting
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Bramhall .... costumer
Caroline Errington .... costume supervisor
Brigitta Romanov .... assistant costume designer
Carolyn Schnitzer .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate editor
Gareth Cook .... digital colorist
Erin Dodgen .... colorist: telecine
David Feldman .... digital intermediate producer
Ben Hasler .... post-production coordinator
Danya Joseph .... first assistant editor
Kristy M. Lewis .... digital intermediate assistant producer (as Kristy Lewis)
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Leland Sexton .... post-production assistant
Lance Spindler .... post-production (uncredited)
Music Department
John Jennings Boyd .... score co-producer
Tom Brissette .... score mix assistant
Kevin Fink .... assistant music supervisor
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor
Jill Krachmer .... assistant to composer
Samuel Lehmer .... score mixer
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Alex Wurman .... score producer
Transportation Department
Elizabeth Fisher .... picture cars
William O'Brien .... driver
Doug Wright .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
David H. Angell .... location scout
Anthony Beaudoin .... production financing provided by
Elizabeth A. Bell .... senior vice president: general counsel
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of post
Jana Camacho .... production assistant
Holly Karrol Clark .... assistant: Mr. Goodman
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Amy Comstock .... production accountant
Derek Cunningham .... assistant location manager
James de Gallegos .... production financing provided by
Sean Patrick Doherty .... stand-in
Gleanna Doyle .... animal coordinator
Gleanna Doyle .... animal trainer
Jacqui Dupré .... set production assistant (as Jacqui Baker)
Farnaz Fahid .... assistant: chief creative officer
Erin Feeley .... assistant production coordinator
James Ferrera .... unit publicist
Hal Fuchsman .... staff set production assistant
Chad Goyette .... set production assistant
Judi Jeroslow .... second assistant accountant
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor (as Melissa Kalbfus Paliocha)
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearances
Erin Lander .... adr loop group
Kim T. Le .... production coordinator
Tyler Mathers .... production assistant
Honor Maxfield .... assistant: Mr. McIntosh
Julie Milstead .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Martin Montana .... stand-in: Mark Ruffalo
Michael E. Morales .... production legal counsel
Malee Nerenhausen .... production executive
Cortney Norris .... location assistant
Brian Papworth .... key production assistant
Nancy A. Pavia .... production assistant
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot
Meredith C. Powell .... production assistant
Michelle Reed .... assistant: Mr. Immerman
Antonio Caetano Santos .... additional set production assistant (as Antonio Caetano Dos Santos)
Kimberly Simpson .... assistant: Elizabeth A. Bell
Colleen Stewart .... post -production assistant
Skye Stolnitz .... assistant: Linda L. Miller
Ross Tatelman .... production office assistant
Matt Varosky .... assistant: Mr. Frydman
Alex Vonhungen .... contract administrator
C.J. Vranca .... vp of business affairs
Darius Wadia .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Greg Wyrick .... first assistant accountant
Christa Zofcin Workman .... senior business affairs executive (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Toole .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crossing Day" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Paulie McDougan:We gotta be sharp on this one.See more »
Movie Connections:
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Deeply personal movie, 20 June 2009
Author: rich_au_koch from Switzerland

The guys who made this movie sure have a lot of heart, the title says it all.

A beautiful movie that holds at its centre a story of personal transformation. While Paulie (Hawke) tries to play the best hand with the cards he is given, Brian (Ruffalo) plays along, craps out and eventually learns a different game. An inspiring story of what can happen when someone loves something past themself and gets a little help along the way.

The soundtrack is special. A repetitive, echoed and slightly haunting motif reflects the unspectacular, cold & sparse urban scenery. The music brings a sense of gravity & continuity to the movie, binding the characters & landscape together into 'the cards they have been dealt' as well as pacing the plot development.

The stylistic shooting acts as a vehicle for the story and quickly dissolves into the background as Ethan & Ruffalo capture centre stage from the first scene.

Highly recommended. Leave expectations at the door. This is not 'The Departed'. This is a movie with an emotional sensitivity that no amount of violence or 'leave you guessing' plot line could ever deliver.

Well done Brian, Paul & Donnie. Great job!

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