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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  12 October 2012 (USA)
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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.



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A struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. Written by Anonymous

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They Won't Take Any Shih Tzu. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sedam psihopata  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,174,915 (USA) (12 October 2012)


$14,989,761 (USA) (14 December 2012)

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Did You Know?


The two actors (Michael Pitt and Michael Stuhlbarg) that play the gangster-like characters from the beginning, Larry and Tommy, also have parts on the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire (2010), which is also gangster-related. See more »


In the desert, Marty brings Billy the two guns after Hans leaves. Billy takes both guns in his right hand when he starts to stand. When the camera angle changes, though, he twirls just one gun in his right hand. See more »


Marty: How are you ever gonna get a job, Billy, if you break the director guy's nose before you even got the part?
Billy: I didn't mean to break his nose. His nose was just in the middle of where I was punching.
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Crazy Credits

A surprise final scene interrupts the closing credits a few seconds after they start. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


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Finding the middle ground between comedy, violence and psychopaths
28 January 2013 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Depending on how you count, there really are seven psychopaths. Also depending on how you count, there could be more, which is a good thing because Marty – the lead character played by Colin Farrell not the screenwriter Martin McDonagh – can use as many as he can find. Marty (Colin Farrell) is an alcoholic Irish screenwriter suffering from writer's block since Hollywood's needs and his ideals do not match up at all.

"Seven Pyschopaths" the rather ingenious, well-written, violent, hilarious, crime drama comedy does manage to find a happy medium between what Hollywood wants and what romantic idealist Marty wants. If you can imagine how hard it would be to find that happy medium, then you can probably imagine how easy it would be to find detractors for this film. They complain about the senseless violence, the meandering story lines and the shifts in tone. But the brilliance in the screenplay and the ensemble cast can allow many to ignore all that.

Marty wants to write a character study, a meaningful one where he finds significant life events to reflect upon to find love and happiness. Hollywood wants an action film. One with shoot-outs with as many characters and as many violent deaths as could possibly be included. Marty is a gentle spirit even if he is neurotic, has a bad taste in friends and indulges in unhealthy habits, he does want to find that happy place in life. He relies on the chaotic, crazy and cruel world around him, and also his chaotic, crazy and cruel friends, to provide inspiration for his screenplay.

Independent Spirit Award nominee Sam Rockwell plays Billy a manic, ne'er-do-well who kidnaps dogs and then returns them for the reward. His compatriot, Hans (Christopher Walken), is a philosophical old soul who takes all the violence and craziness in stride. Their criminal actions could catch up to them sooner rather than later when psychopath Charlie (Woody Harrelson) has his dog stolen and he has no problem killing everybody in his path to retrieve his precious Shih Tzu.

As these great actors and psychopathic characters all come together they provide "Seven Psychopaths" with exactly what was needed: unrestrained shoot-outs and philosophical musings on life, love and death. I would prefer just comedy but the script, the great actors and the psychopathic characters provided that as well.

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