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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Amato
Markie Trattman
Steve Caprio
Barry Caprio
Kenny Gill
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Kenny Gill: [flashback to when they're going to burn the car] Do be such a-Russell, you're a fucking pussy. I've done it a million fucking times.
[lights the rag with a lighter]
Kenny Gill: It's fine. It goes up like a fuckin bonfire. You'll love it.
[he walks away towards the back of the car and faces it from a few yards away. The rag's flame is spreading]
Kenny Gill: See?
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Yes, They Can Still Make 'Em Like They Used To
24 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik's fantastic Killing Them Softly has the rigor and grace of the great American crime pictures of the 1970s. A loose adaptation of George V Higgins' great 1974 crime novel Cogan's Trade. A fulfilling elegant and stylish black comedy. The script, acting, direction were all superbly done, and should be commended. Although the film can be very pessimistic, it does have a message, one that should resonate in the near future. The whole cast was extremely effective and highly believable. However Brad Pitt is simply terrific, and deserves much acclaim that could come to him. Just like The Assassination of Jesse James, Pitt plays subtle, but yet powerful sociopath and it ripples the film throughout. James Gandolfini Gandolfini is excellent as a boozy, broken old assassin. Ray Liotta offers a grotesque reprise of the type of manic gangster he played in his younger years in Goodfellas. Richard Jenkins is solemn as ever as the killer's contact, relaying back messages from the Mob and trying to beat Cogan down on prices. All the men here are relentlessly sexist and foul-mouthed.

Dominik shoots the action in a grimy shallow focus and his screenplay is tough as steel and shot through with pessimistic, even black humor. There is no mistaking the fact that Dominik loves his characters, letting their dialogue shine uninterrupted. Although the The political message is a little heavy-handed and a bit repetitive, Andrew Domink crafts a memorable and highly thought-provoking crime film, with Brad Pitt shows the world again, that he's a fantastic actor that always surpasses the hype around him.

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