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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 ... 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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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Brian is in the hospital after being shot outside of the bar he is yelling at the nurse because he wants more pain medication, there is a dry erase board above his head that says "no BP on left side" and he has a blood pressure cuff on his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Brian Reilly: It's like a morgue in here. I wanna be dead like you guys.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Avengers Special (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Yeah Yeah Yeah
Written by Gary Cherone, Leo J. Mellace & Stephen M. Catizone
Performed by Gary Cherone
Courtesy of Sanctum Sound
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Heartfelt and Tough in equal doses
22 January 2010 | by guiltronSee all my reviews

This powerful true story is brought to life with great directing and the amazing acting of both Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. Everything in this film screams "real". Realism is the key as the film captures the story of two men trying to live their life with the 'cards they've been dealt'.

Brian's life is not uncommon. There are countless men (and women) that have grown up not knowing any way of getting by in life without living a life of hustling and grinding.

This film captured me from the get go. Showing realism in its characters and making you understand their actions even if you can't condone them. The fact that it's all a true story simply enhances the impact of the story.


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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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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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