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Righteous Kill (2008)

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Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

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Jon Avnet

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Russell Gewirtz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Turk
Al Pacino ... Rooster
50 Cent ... Spider (as Curtis Jackson)
Carla Gugino ... Karen Corelli
John Leguizamo ... Det. Simon Perez
Donnie Wahlberg ... Det. Ted Riley
Brian Dennehy ... Hingis
Trilby Glover ... Jessica
Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Gwen Darvis
Alan Rosenberg ... Stein
Sterling K. Brown ... Rogers
Barry Primus ... Prosky
Melissa Leo ... Cheryl Brooks
Alan Blumenfeld ... Martin Baum
Oleg Taktarov ... Yevgeny Mugalat
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Storyline

Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las dos caras de la ley See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,288,361, 14 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,081,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,460,699
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While staking out Martin Baum (Alan Blumenfeld) as a potential suspect, Riley (Donnie Wahlberg) and Perez (John Leguizamo) talk about Turk's marksmanship scores, remarking about his skill and accuracy while saying "Even Berkowitz put a couple in the Corinthian leather." This is a reference to David Berkowitz, also known as the "Son of Sam", who was a serial killer who targeted young women with dark hair. In the Spike Lee movie, Summer of Sam (1999), John Leguizamo starred as a resident in a movie about the infamous Son of Sam, real name of David Berkowitz, and his effect on the citizens of a small neighborhood in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Karen is scared by Turk ringing her buzzer, she pulls her firearm out of her purse, cocks the hammer with her thumb, and aims it at the door. Karen carries a Glock 19 pistol (9mm). Glock pistols do not have exposed hammers, and cannot be thumb-cocked. See more »

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[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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Like Lennon and McCartney... sure, if not with the best director
12 September 2008 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Righteous Kill is a kind of prototypical modern cop thriller that has the intonations of a neo-noir mixed in with some iconic figures. The script, in a way, is much better than I might have thought, and the actors- stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, in a film technically for the third time and for the first time technically in the frame for more than a few seconds (a pressure obviously from those who whined about their bit at the diner in Heat) as well as the likes of Brian Denehey and Carla Gugino- do their best to make it an entertaining ride. And for all of its recycled elements and plot turns and tough-guy take-no-s*** dialog, it's a fun ride for what it's worth as far as substance goes. You want to see what will happen with these two veteran cop characters as they delve deeper into this killer case (somewhat ripped off from Magnum Force, or something like that in terms of the victims), and what the "twist" will ultimately be.

For those who might think it tired or stiff, I wouldn't put any real blame on the stars, or even Gerwitz's (flawed) screenplay, which does occasionally pull off dark and funny banter and some coarse dialog and action and thrills to the degree that one saw in his Inside Man script. The problem mostly was the direction; Jon Avnet is not a visionary, nor is he a really well-suited neo-noir director. He's just a competent technician (if not veerying close to outright hack) enough to dig up a few potent bits or visual touches, and mostly tries to make the film "hip" and "fresh" and "inventive" with the approach to style in the flashbacks, and he doesn't possibly bypass the pitgalls in Gerwitz's script. What is pleasing, ultimately, about the picture is that it's not bad at all, and is actually a good movie. But with characters played by near generational icons dubbed in the film as "like Lennon and McCartney", this isn't quite up to their previous snuff together. They deserve just a little better with the likes of Godfather 2 and Heat to their previous collaborations.


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