While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hitman befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.

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Ben Kingsley ... Frank Falenczyk
Téa Leoni ... Laurel Pearson
Luke Wilson ... Tom
Dennis Farina ... Edward O'Leary
Philip Baker Hall ... Roman Krzeminski
Bill Pullman ... Dave
Marcus Thomas ... Stef Krzeminski
Scott Heindl ... James Doyle
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Doris Rainford (as Allison Sealy-Smith)
Aron Tager ... Walter Fitzgerald
Jayne Eastwood ... Kathleen Fitzgerald
Al Corley ... Man in Park
Erik Fjeldsted Erik Fjeldsted ... Kevin
Aaron Hughes ... Stanley
Devin McCracken Devin McCracken ... Henry
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Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hitman for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. But Frank's got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy, but he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel, a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren't going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.

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"Hi, my name is Frank I'm an alcoholic. I kill people for a living... This is anonymous, right?" See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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The intersection shown at the end is the same intersection shown at the end of The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). See more »

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When Frank and Laurel first meet in the mortuary, the dead body's stomach move up and down as he's breathing. See more »

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Frank Falenczyk: It isn't that I'm sorry I killed them; it's that I'm sorry I killed them badly.
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Lonesome Town
Written by Baker Knight (as Thomas Baker Knight)
Performed by Ricky Nelson
Published by Sony / ATV Songs LLC
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Under license from EMI Film and Television Music
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The Good & Bad Of 'You Kill Me'
15 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

THE GOOD - A very interesting film, start-to-finish, with a little action, romance, humor, melodrama, suspense....a good combination of a lot of things. The acting is good, led by the always-fascinating Ben Kingsley who plays the lead role. There was a good contrast in the areas: the snowy cold of winter in Buffalo and the dry and brighter look of San Francisco. I like the supporting actors in here, beginning with Dennis Farina as "O'Leary." He's another actor that always gets your attention. The movie also gives a nice plug for Alcoholics Anonymous. I kept waiting the smart remarks about it, but they surprised me on that one. Respect was given for the no-nonsense approach given by that famous organization which has helped a lot of people.

THE BAD - Even though it's "dark humor," the messages in here are in frequently enough that I believe Hollywood, in its twisted thinking, would actually go along with a lot of opinions expressed such as alcoholism being a more serious problem than being a hit-man! (Hey, they are only shooting other bad guys, right?) Tea Leoni's character was stupid and too profane. No woman, especially someone with her looks and brains, would go for an aging, drunk-killer. Puh-leeze. Also, being from the Buffalo area, I didn't care for the cheap shots on the city, either. People here are tired of that.

OVERALL - Despite a few things, like Leoni, that were a little sleazy and unrealistic, I found the movie a good one in that it entertained me all the way. This is a strange film, certainly not one that is going to be a hit with the public but if you like something different, something a little "dark" yet romantic, you'd probably like this film. It's quirky, which seems to be the kinds of films Kingsley has been doing the past decade ("Sexy Beast," "House Of Sand And Fog," etc.)


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13 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$247,000, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$2,429,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,748,295
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