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.


John Madden


Hossein Amini (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (novel)





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


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 threat. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He never met a target he couldn't take. Until today. See more »

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

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Did You Know?


Viggo Mortensen and Justin Timberlake were considered for the roles of Wayne Colson and Richie Nix, respectively. See more »


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 »


Girl in Hotel Room: Are you through?
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: Not yet.
[shoots her]
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Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »


It Hurts Me
Words and Music by Joy Byers and Charlie Daniels (as Charles Daniels)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Killer thriller, killer message
11 May 2013 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"Killshot" (2008) is a thriller/drama about a mob hit-man (Mickey Rourke) who inexplicably teams-up with a twerp psycho (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). They go after a separated couple (Diane Lane & Thomas Jane) who witnessed a botched hit. Rosario Dawson is also on hand as the twerp's girlfriend.

I've heard people go on & on about how this film had post-production problems, sat on a shelf, was re-edited and whatever else. As such, they say it doesn't flow well. Don't believe it. "Killshot" is a very professionally-made film and I never got the sense that the story didn't flow, regardless of what they edited out, re-edited or what have you. The story's easy to follow and makes sense.

Mickey Rourke is always a highlight even though he essentially plays the same character, which I guess most actors do. His character in "Killshot" is the same likable, brooding one seen in "The Wrestler" (2008) and "Passion Play" (2010) with the variation that he murders people for a living. Yes, that's a big difference and it does cause the viewer to disapprove of him but it's hard to hate him, unlike his two-bit partner. Somewhat likable or not, the Rourke character HAS to pay for his misdeeds (or should).

Speaking of the twerp partner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines here as a scumbag with almost zero redeeming qualities. Someone does something to him at the end and you just can't help saying "THANK YOU!"

Thomas Jane is always a solid masculine protagonist as is Lane in the feminine department. The film is just as much about the potential re-establishment of their relationship as it is about the thugs trying to find them. But this is definitely a thriller/drama. You get a lot of quality drama interrupted by sudden and intense thrills.

The score's nice and atmospheric and there's a great song on the soundtrack ("Monkey" by Low).

The film was shot in Port Perry, Uxbridge and Toronto, Canada, as well as Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Detroit.


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