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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Andrew Dominik (screenplay)
George V. Higgins (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)
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Release Date:
30 November 2012 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In America you're on your own
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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As gritty and grimy as crime heists come! See more (316 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brad Pitt ... Jackie

Scoot McNairy ... Frankie

Ben Mendelsohn ... Russell

James Gandolfini ... Mickey

Richard Jenkins ... Driver

Vincent Curatola ... Johnny Amato

Ray Liotta ... Markie Trattman

Trevor Long ... Steve Caprio

Max Casella ... Barry Caprio

Sam Shepard ... Dillon

Slaine ... Kenny Gill

Linara Washington ... Hooker

Ross Brodar ... Poker Guy

Wade Allen ... Business Suit Agent

Christopher Berry ... Cab Driver Agent
Kenneth Brown Jr. ... Security Force Agent

Mustafa Harris ... Bartender #1
Dared Wright ... Waiter

John McConnell ... Bartender #2
Bryan Billingsley ... Bar Patron #1
Shannon Brewer ... Bar Patron #2
Roger Pfeiffer ... Bar Patron #3 (as Roger L. Pfeiffer Jr.)

Joe Chrest ... Business Suit Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Adams ... Maid (uncredited)

Rhonda Floyd Aguillard ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julio Castillo ... Miss Annie (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Prison Doctor (uncredited)
Peter A. DeFazio ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Garret Dillahunt ... Eddie Mattie (uncredited)
Gregory Allen Gabroy ... Reveler (uncredited)

Oscar Gale ... Sweet Melinda (uncredited)
Joshua Joseph Gillum ... Murderer (uncredited)
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. ... Poker Dealer #1 (uncredited)

Bella Heathcote ... (uncredited)

Kirk Jordan ... DEA Agent (uncredited)
Wendy Clarice Jordan ... Pink Pants (uncredited)
John C. Klein ... Traveler (uncredited)
Shadoe Knight ... Mafia Poker Player (uncredited)
Raymond Lapino ... Elderly Poker Player (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... AMTRAK / Greyhound Bus patron (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... AMTRAK / Greyhound Bus patron (uncredited)

David Joseph Martinez ... Pablo (uncredited)

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Paulson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adam Sibley ... Naked Guy (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith ... Bus Station Constrution Worker (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent ... Evicted Husband (uncredited)

Glen Warner ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Elvin Yoshida ... Asian Poker Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew Dominik 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Andrew Dominik (screenplay)

George V. Higgins (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)

Produced by
Matthew Budman .... co-producer
Marc Butan .... executive producer
Megan Ellison .... executive producer
Will French .... co-producer
Dede Gardner .... producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Anthony Katagas .... producer
Brad Pitt .... producer
Stephen Roberts .... co-producer
Scott Robertson .... associate producer (as Scott Andrew Robertson)
Douglas Saylor Jr. .... co-producer
Paula Mae Schwartz .... producer
Roger Schwartz .... co-producer
Steve Schwartz .... producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Adi Shankar .... executive producer
Spencer Silna .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Greig Fraser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Paul Horstmann (co-editor)
Brian A. Kates 
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Morales 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Erin Dell'amore .... lifecast assistant to Kazuhiro Tsuji
Chad Engel .... lab assistant
Mike Ezell .... lead makeup special effects mold maker (as Michael Ezell)
Robin Myriah Hatcher .... special makeup effects production coordinator: Tinsley Studio
Adruitha Lee .... department head hair
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup department head
Aimee Macabeo .... lead hair
Mike Mekash .... special makeup effects artist
Kent Richard .... additional hair
Aimee Stuit .... key makeup artist
Christien Tinsley .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Kazuhiro Tsuji .... makeup concept designer: Brad Pitt
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects artist: Tinsley Studio
 
Production Management
John Fedynich .... production supervisor
Anthony Katagas .... unit production manager
James Masi .... post-production supervisor
Cynthia Nicolella .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... first assistant director: second unit
Renee Marsella .... additional second second assistant director
Cali Pomes .... second second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director
Jonas Spaccarotelli .... second assistant director
Mark C. Stevens .... additional key second assistant director
Darrin Prescott .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greensman
William Burck .... set dresser
Gregory T. Geniusz .... set dresser
Michael A. Johnson .... leadman
Heather Korman .... props
Kristin Lekki .... graphic artist
Jordan Lightner .... greensman
Michael S. Martin .... property master
Mariah Mills .... buyer
Ruffin Moye .... greensman
Alixandra Petrovich .... on-set dresser
Brad Quintana .... painter
John Richoux .... on-set greensman
Victoria St. Pierre .... lead scenic
Michael G. Tveten .... construction coordinator (as Michael Tvetan)
Taylor Weeks .... scenic
Darry Young .... set decoration buyer
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Patrick Christensen .... adr recordist
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Jason Johnston .... boom operator
Sang Kim .... assistant sound editor
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... supervising sound editor
Jordan O'Neill .... datasat sound consultant
A. Josh Reinhardt .... sound effects editor (as Joshua Reinhardt)
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dirk Stout .... sound utility
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Mandell Winter .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
John S. Baker .... special effects foreman
Mark Hava .... special effects foreman
David Nash .... special effects technician
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Andrey Drogobetski .... compositor
Kyle Gray .... compositor
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Tom Lamb .... digital compositor
Diva Magpayo .... digital intermediate editor
Greg-Paul Malone .... Flame artist (as Greg Paul Malone)
Caleb Owens .... digital compositor
Mitch Paulson .... digital colorist
Ryan J. Quinlan .... compositor (as Ryan Quinlan)
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
David B. Wolgemuth II .... digital compositor
Steven Young .... assistant visual effects production coordinator
Steven Young .... visual effects coordinator
Jason Jue .... digital compositor: Hirota Paint Industries (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rhonda Floyd Aguillard .... precision driver
Wade Allen .... stunt coordinator
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double: Brad Pitt
Hunter Baxley .... stunt performer
Eddie Braun .... stunt driver
Holland Diaz .... stunt double: Bobby
Alex Eldimiati .... stunt driver
Jeff Galpin .... stunt performer
Regis Harrington .... stunt double
Raion Hill .... stunts
Antal Kalik .... stunts
David Mueller .... stunt double
Robert Nagle .... stunt driver
Jim Palmer .... stunt double: Slaine
Darrin Prescott .... stunt coordinator
Tom Proctor .... stunt performer
Buster Reeves .... stunt performer
Bill Scharpf .... stunt driver
Michelle Torres .... precision driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Alward .... additional first assistant camera
Webster Batista .... assistant camera
Adam Beard .... grip
Jeff Bettis .... key rigging grip
Autumn Boh .... first assistant camera
Wesley Bryant .... lamp operator
Michael Ciancio .... phantom camera technician
Larry Cottrill .... electrician
Dan Furst .... video assist
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Shane E. Gros .... grip
Keith Gruchala .... camera operator: second unit
Ian Hanna .... dolly grip
John C. Hoffler Jr. .... camera loader
Zachary Holmes .... video utility
Andrew Johnson .... AR rig operator
Andrew Johnson .... camera operator: "a" camera
McKay Johnson .... camera technician: Phantom
Larron Rome Julian .... assistant camera
Rome Julian .... camera loader
Alan Keffer .... first assistant camera: second unit
Gary Kelso .... best boy grip
Jay Kemp .... gaffer
Michael D. Kennedy .... second assistant camera
Kurt Kornemann .... key grip
Charles C. Lee .... set lighting
Lisa Long .... second assistant camera: second unit
Griffin McCann .... second assistant camera: second unit
Mason McGuire .... rigging electric best boy
Andrew Peck .... second assistant camera
Ahmad Big Thirsty Powell .... grip
Dave Quinlan .... electrician
Dawn Spatz .... camera intern
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera
Eric Swanek .... steadicam assistant
Michael Trejo .... grip
Sergio Villegas .... lighting technician
Adam Ward .... camera operator: second unit
David Wexler .... phantom camera technician
Earl Woods .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Johnson .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... casting director: extras
Lauren Grey .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jason Landry .... extras casting
Meagan Lewis .... location casting: New Orleans
Olivia Vestina Torres .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meghan Cornay .... set costumer
Annette Farnsworth .... set costumer
Bridget Fenlason .... wardrobe supervisor
Andree Fortier .... ager/dyer
Heidi Howell .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Alexander Anderson .... editorial intern
Robyn A. Cole .... editorial intern
Tara Fidler .... first assistant editor
Olivier Fontenay .... colorist
Vanessa Galvez .... project manager
Jake King .... digital intermediate colorist assist
Joel McWilliams .... digital intermediate color assist
Harry Muller .... color timer
Mitch Paulson .... digital intermediate colorist
Andrew Jon Wallace .... editorial production assistant
 
Music Department
Rachel Fox .... music supervisor
Marc Streitenfeld .... composer: musicial ambiences
Marc Streitenfeld .... musician: piano pieces
Brian A. Kates .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dawn Cook .... driver
Greg Faucett .... transportation coordinator
Travis Hux .... transportation captain
Brad Lips .... fuel truck driver
Daniel Woodcock .... driver
James Yeates .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... production legal
Joaquin Aragon .... production assistant
Frank Barnett .... additional set production assistant
Nicole Barton .... production executive
Jupiter Baudot .... production assistant
Kacie Baxter .... additional production assistant
Ashley Bearden .... production coordinator
Erin Rhea Berson .... assistant: Anthony Katagas
Preston Bishop .... stand-in: Ben Mendelsohn
Bret Borgeson .... travel coordinator
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager
Tom Bubrig .... stand-in/photo double
Dottie Buck .... craft service
Ruth Caffery .... assistant location manager
Lisa M. Calhoun .... additional production assistant
Andrew Carlson .... production assistant
Batou Chandler .... location manager
Felder Charbonnet .... stand-in: Vincent Curatola
Chris Clinton .... additional set production assistant
Jeff Dash .... production accountant
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator
Angel De La Vina .... additional set production assistant
Brittney Diez .... production assistant
Meg Dudley .... additional production assistant
Johnny Dunn .... creative executive: Annapurna Pictures
Evan Eastham .... location assistant
Mary Frances Eglin .... script supervisor
Anne Fader .... production secretary
Matt Flanders .... assistant to producer
Jay Floyd .... clearances
Will French .... executive in charge of financing
Gregory Allen Gabroy .... stand-in
Bernadette Gonzales .... assistant production coordinator
Shane Grady .... stand-in
Shane Grady .... stand-in: Sam Shepard
Bill Grantham .... finance legal
Daphne A. Guichard .... on-set medic
Mustafa Harris .... key set production assistant
Elias Heartnet .... production assistant
Andre Herrera .... production assistant
Kim Ju .... second assistant accountant
Ted Kantrow .... caterer: Location Gourmet
Nazia Khan .... assistant to mr. pitt
Chris Kibler .... second assistant accountant
Andrew Kim .... production staff
Stephen Kinigopoulos .... production assistant
Iran Kuykendall .... key set production assistant
John Landers .... key craft service
Liz Landers .... key craft service
Larissa Martinez .... accounting assistant
Wayne Douglas Morgan .... stand-in: Slaine
Kimberly Murphy .... assistant locations manager
Christina Oh .... assistant: Dede Gardner
Chris Quackenbush .... location assistant (as Christopher J. Quackenbush)
Dave Rhodes .... stand-in
Stephen Roberts .... executive in charge of financing
Ryan Robison .... production assistant
Brett Roedel .... stand-in
Wes Rossi .... assistant location manager
Maritza Sanchez .... additional production assistant
Gregory Santoro .... production assistant
Mark S. Schneider .... production legal services (as Mark Schneider, Esq.)
Laura Sevier .... script clearances
Tim Sigur .... production assistant
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Aaron J. Stone .... basecamp production assistant
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Philip J. Strina .... business affairs: Inferno
Shelley Tassin .... assistant: Andrew Dominik
Spencer Taylor .... additional set production assistant
Niraj Trivedi .... production assistant
Ryder Washburn .... armorer
Jonathan Wester .... stand-in
Melissa Wiseman .... assistant accountant
Darren Alberti .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
D.V. DeVincentis .... special thanks (as Daniel Vincent DeVincentis)
Garret Dillahunt .... special thanks
Bella Heathcote .... special thanks
Wynton Marsalis .... special thanks
Hal Willner .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jackie Cogan" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use
Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Jenkins's character is never seen standing. He is either sitting in his car or sitting on a bar stool.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The sawn-off shotgun Russell has in the robbery scene would fail to work correctly, as there is no barrel. If fired there would be no compression leading to the powder charge not burning correctly. It wouldn't be effective as a weapon.See more »
Quotes:
Jackie Cogan:Next he'll be telling us we're a community,See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wrap Your Troubles In DreamsSee more »

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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
As gritty and grimy as crime heists come!, 15 March 2013
Author: Dan Ashley (DanLives1980) from United Kingdom

Yet another great film being given a bad name by "reviewers trying to do us a favour" (really??? like you're a shepherd and we're all sheep here???). If you're going to read a review, here's one that speaks in all fairness and without trying to glorify it.

'Killing Them Softly' is a contemporary multi-narrative crime drama that oversees what crime has become to the mafia since we've seen what years of recession have done to America, post 9/11. It's a film you have to settle into and to watch and listen carefully, yet it provides us with storytelling style very similar to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and classic Danny Boyle.

It also makes good use of some classic conventions and you may notice a little bit of Mean Streets, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Chopper, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting etc.

When ex-convict Frankie and his Australian heroin-addict friend Russell are employed to hold up a mafia poker game in their rundown dead end town, they get away with it, though causing the local economy to collapse and putting mob boss Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) in the frame.

The dons send mob enforcer Jackie (Brad Pitt) over to deal with it and to set an example, he methodically sets about cleaning up in due fashion.

That is the plot, pure and simple, but aside from that, 'Killing Them Softly' is more a film about the bleak, harsh reality of crime in the modern day American towns that the government has all but abandoned and it is therefore about the sheer dead-end desperation of a certain breed of people.

Unemployment, recession, drug addiction, violence, desperation, failing health, wilful self-destruction and the disgusting manner in which people regard each other with - it all adds up to one great stark reality. The only way that the government has succeeded in destroying organised crime is by destroying its own country's economy. Desperate people will do anything to survive knowing that, if they give up, they are as good as dead. And that sets the tone for this movie from beginning to end.

Not surprisingly in hindsight, this film has no real lead characters, but universally supporting characters that serve the story until its bitter ending where we are treated to a summary in words between two characters. This helps to give a sense that nobody is of any real importance to each other, which is true to the nature of most of its characters.

If you like your crime movies real, you'll love this. I'm so surprised at how seamless it is, and also how easy it is to watch despite how well acted and intense it becomes. Dark, gritty, grimy, filthy, absurd, depressing and yet bold with a few good laughs!

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