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Killing Them Softly (2012)

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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.



(screenplay), (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Caprio
Barry Caprio
Poker Guy
Business Suit Agent
Cab Driver Agent


Three amateurs stickup a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the hitman hired to track them down and restore order. Written by Anonymous

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In America you're on your own


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cogan's Trade  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,812,900, 2 December 2012, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Turkish former minister of culture found the movie so offensive that he told the press that he wanted the age bar for this movie to be raised from 13 to 18 or, if possible, remove it from the theaters altogether. See more »


When Trattman's car is hit by the tow truck, a close-up shows his head hitting and cracking the windshield. The next exterior shot shows an intact windshield. See more »


Johnny Amato: You think dog lover there can handle a card game?
Frankie: Shit. Those fuckin things? Those things are protected. You can't do those things unless you're so fuckin stupid you actually like everybody going around trying to off you.
Johnny Amato: There's one you can do.
Frankie: John, there's ten I can do. I know of at least ten I can do but then after I'm gonna have at least eight hot ginzos out looking for me.
Johnny Amato: No, no, not this one. Cause the minute it fuckin happens, they're gonna know right off who did it.
Frankie: Well for some ...
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Referenced in Family Guy: Pilling Them Softly (2015) See more »


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Talky, tedious and very, very violent
25 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Softly is NOT how the killings are done. Before Brad Pitt starts pumping lead we see Ray Liotta subjected to one of the most brutal beatings I have seen on screen; you hear his teeth and ribs crack. The killings are equally visceral; this is not a film for the faint-hearted.

Brad sheds his Adonis persona for the grunge look he wore in FIGHT CLUB, although the character he's playing is a darker version of Tom Cruise's in COLLATERAL. Liotta reprises his role in GOODFELLAS. James Gandolfini builds on his Tony Soprano character to play another hit-man burnt out by too much booze and too many hookers. Richard Jenkins's creepy saturnine Mob Boss seems to extend his (dead!) undertaker from SIX FEET UNDER. There are lengthy talk scenes in cars and bars that bring PULP FICTION and GET SHORTY to mind. The background TV election campaigning by George Dubya and Barack Omaba is presumably meant to emphasise that this is a Serious Movie we're watching, but it's as unsubtle as the hurricane footage.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY shows its sources (or its "hommages") too blatantly. The whole thing is like a hyped-up Guy Ritchie or Quentin Tarantino: some good acting, stunning cinematography, a profanity-rich script, but overall a talky, pretentious and very, very violent movie - and quite tedious.

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