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What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

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Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Director:

Brian Goodman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Brian Reilly
Ethan Hawke ... Paulie McDougan
Amanda Peet ... Stacy Reilly
Will Lyman ... Sully
Brian Goodman ... Pat Kelly
Donnie Wahlberg ... Detective Moran
Angela Featherstone ... Katie
Edward Lynch ... Jackie
Michael Yebba Michael Yebba ... Roundman / Old Lady (as Mike Yebba)
Brian Connolly Brian Connolly ... Sean
Nathaniel Smyth Nathaniel Smyth ... Mark (5 Years Old)
Oscar Wahlberg ... Mark (10 Years Old)
Thomas Regan Thomas Regan ... Young Paulie
Johnny Serret ... Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
George Khoury George Khoury ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone has a choice. Every choice has a consequence. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where they were scoping out the armored truck, they start the car to follow it. However, we can see the car start rolling forward before we hear the ignition is turned and put in gear. See more »

Quotes

Brian Reilly: It's like a morgue in here. I wanna be dead like you guys.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Avengers Special (2012) See more »

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Buzzard Luck
Written by Swamp Dogg (as Jerry Williams)
Performed by Swamp Dogg
Courtesy of S.D.E.G. Records
By arrangement with MS-Pro
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Gritty and True.
5 January 2014 | by joseph_sellingsSee all my reviews

What doesn't kill you, makes perfect sense for this film. It seems Paulie and Brian (Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo)do everything they can to survive in South Boston.

Growing up together, Brian and Paulie go through everything to be able to live and raise families. This gritty story can't be more realistic, with the real life events come to life.

Living in tough times is relatable to more people than realised, that's why this story really hits home, with brilliant screen play by to of the most highly underrated actors, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo.

7/10 for this gritty drama.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Real Men Cry See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,872
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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