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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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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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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

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: What? You got no balls, u run out on in the middle of a score? Here's a couple bucks. You're lucky you're gettin that. Naw, don't sit down here. Go sit over there! Nah, I'm just fuckin with ya. Sit down.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Avengers Special (2012) See more »

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Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Written by Vaughan Mason (as Vaughan Carrington Mason Jr.), Gregory Bufford & Jerome Bell (as Jerome Andrew Bell)
Performed by Vaughan Mason & Crew
Courtesy of Brunswick Recording Corporation
Under License by Ford Music Services
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Based On A True Story....
8 March 2009 | by Rob WelshSee all my reviews

...normally indicates that the film you are about to watch is almost unbelievable - this film is an exception to the rule.

Like The Departed and Gone Baby Gone, What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston, which, by the number of movies being set there, is fast becoming as notorious as the bronx.

What Doesn't Kill You has to be the film that will catapult Mark Ruffalo into the big time, his performance is sublime, he plays a character that stirs a number of emotions from inside - easily the star of this gritty, intense tale of two dysfunctional friends.


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