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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.

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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 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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They didn't choose a life of crime. They came from it. 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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Paulie ordered a Chivas on the rocks in the bar but when he picked his drink up, it was straight up in a shot glass. 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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Put a LIttle Nasty on It
Written by James Alexander (as James Edward Alexander), Larry Charles Dodson, Jazze Pha (as Anton Phalon Alexander) & Anthony Michael Dortch
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of Jea Right Now Records, Under license by Ford Music Services
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This is a very underrated film.
26 November 2009 | by themightyredemptionSee all my reviews

This is a very underrated film. I think its a shame it never has gotten publicity. I randomly picked it up on the fly for free a local library on DVD and was amazed that I never even have heard of it. There are no gimmicks or high wire stunts this was true to life. We need more of these films to rejuvenate what the cinema has become lately. I was thoroughly impressed on all levels with this film. This could of done very well in the box office if it had marketing at the time. Sadly CGI and fake acting has trumped modern cinema lately. This gritty true to life story beats them all hands down. I give it an 8/10, simply based upon the rehashing of older story-lines together. It still holds its own charm. Rent this movie and you will be surprised how well it was done.


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