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Killshot (2008)

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Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Hossein Amini (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Blackbird
Brandon McGibbon ... Blackbird's Kid Brother
Peter Kelly Gaudreault Peter Kelly Gaudreault ... Blackbird's Brother
Michelle Arvizu ... Nurse
Richard Zeppieri ... Son-in-Law / Mafia Boss
Alexis Butler Alexis Butler ... Girl in Hotel Room
Hal Holbrook ... Papa
Diane Lane ... Carmen
Robert Gow Robert Gow ... Prospective Buyer
Catherine Hayos Catherine Hayos ... Prospective Buyer
Thomas Jane ... Wayne Colson
Craig Blair ... Construction Site Foreman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Richie
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Mrs. Palino
Rosario Dawson ... Donna
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Storyline

When the professional killer Armand 'Blackbird' Degas falls in disgrace with the Mafia, he flees to another city in Canada. He stumbles upon the psychopath Richie Nix, who lives with his girlfriend Donna. Armand teams up with him and moves to his house. Richie summons Armand to participate in a scheme to take money from a wealthy real estate agent, but he commits a mistake and the couple Wayne Colson and Carmen Colson witness their action. They are forced to join the Witness Protection Program by the FBI and they move to another town. But Armand and Ritchie are hunting them down since they are a thread. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Yesterday she was a witness. Today she's a target. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The release date changed several times because the film has undergone a series of re-shoots after it's original completion date in January 2006. See more »

Goofs

After Richie pulls the deer head off the wall he has drywall dust all over him. When he stands up he's clean. See more »

Quotes

Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: Real life? What the fuck is real life?
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Connections

Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »

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What About Now
Written by Elizabeth Cook and James Hardie McGehee
Courtesy of Carlin America Inc.
On behalf of Bro n'Sis Music Inc. and Bro n'Sis Music Co.
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Suspense, Thriller, Romance and Missing Pieces
30 May 2009 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

KILLSHOT is far from being a great movie. I suppose it could be said that it isn't even a movie, but instead a DVD project as it has a rather leaden history. But though there was no theatrical release to garner public interest and little promotional material about its shelf release, it may just find an audience among word of mouth promotion. It has enough elements to keep the interest of even late at night tired viewers - and that says a lot these days. Elmore Leonard's novel has been reconstructed by Hossein Amini and John Madden has done his best to string together the various beads of the plots that comprise this story, and the result is a film peppered by some worthwhile actors who do their best to make the implausible story lines work.

Armand 'Blackbird' Degas (Mickey Rourke) is a long time hit-man, an American Indian with a past pasted together by tragedies who accepts an assignment to make a new kill. His plan is disrupted by his accidental and maladaptive association with a bona fide psychopath Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and girlfriend Donna (Rosario Dawson). Nix decides to partner with Blackbird and in the process they encounter a 'couple on the rocks' - Carmen and Wayne Colson (Thomas Jane and Diane Lane) - who happen to witness an incident that puts them in danger of Nix and Blackbird's recipe for not leaving witnesses. The couple is put on Witness Protection Program but that doesn't dent the clever Blackbird from accomplishing his goals. The rest of the story is a cat and mouse chase that has some moments of real terror. And as in most of Leonard's stories, things don't turn out the way they seem to suggest.

Things are missing from this film that create holes in the story and stretch credibility. The work by the lead actors is quite good as is that of the momentary cameos by such luminaries as Hal Holbrook and Lois Smith. A great film this is not, but a film that maintains attention/tension it is and worth an evening's entertainment. Grady Harp


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 November 2008 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,741, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$18,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,961,647
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