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Killing Them Softly (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  30 November 2012 (USA)
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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.



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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


Crime | Thriller

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:

$6,812,900 (USA) (30 November 2012)


$14,938,570 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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A pleasure to watch an intelligent well made movie
16 March 2013 | by (Scumhampton) – See all my reviews

If you are sick of generic clichéd action film making, you will enjoy this unique gem. An actors movie. The superb cast subtly weave a bleak and violent morality tale. Everyone is given beautiful little soliloquies. This drew me into each character, even though they are all without exception unpleasant, I still was able to empathize with them. It was like a modern Shakespeare with the regular TV news and political speechifying in the background as a running commentary on the stories progress. The editing was so good I never noticed it. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this classic. It is a dark movie and I can imagine its subtle complexities being lost on the great unwashed and washed.

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