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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:
Johnny Amato
Markie Trattman
Steve Caprio
Barry Caprio
Kenny Gill
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite being listed in the main cast credits, Sam Shepard has under 6 minutes of total screen time in the movie. See more »


At one point in the movie Frankie mentions a bar in Haverhill. He pronounces it "haver-hill" but anyone living in New England knows it is pronounced "have-rill". See more »


Frankie: I don't know who the fuck you are.
Jackie Cogan: Very few guys do.
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Featured in Projector: Killing Them Softly (2012) See more »


Written by Carl Stone
Performed by Carl Stone
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Starts well, then collapses under the weight of its own self satisfaction
3 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a film that looks outstanding. It has that feel of the best seventies cinema. The acting similarly is outstanding but still, a few things stop it from being the stone cold classic it could have been.

The cracks started to show when Cogan(Pitt) has his first talk with Mickey(Gandolfini). It's the latest in a long series of head to heads that play out more like acting master-classes than anything relating to the film. That scene effectively breaks the spell and reminds us that we are watching "good quality acting" combined with "a good script".

The film seems to go off the rails after this. Any charm or involvement is soon stopped by another showy scene from the director who seems more concerned with showing off his film making skills than actually making a good film.

The final thing that jars is Brad Pitt. He had the same effect on Fight Club. Pitt is too big a star for a film like this. He simply doesn't convince as the cynical cold blooded killer. Why would such a man spend that much time on his physical appearance for instance?. A more earthy, hard boiled actor could have made the character believable.

Not a bad film but overbearingly condescending at the finale (which I won't spoil here). The film that went before doesn't earn that pay off and its impact isn't felt on the screen. Which makes the end deeply unsatisfying.

Shame really as with more editing and less egos involved, this could have been so much better.

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