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Give 'em Hell Malone (2009)

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A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well...

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

Mark Hosack
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Malone
Ving Rhames ... Boulder
Elsa Pataky ... Evelyn
French Stewart ... Frankie the Crooner
Leland Orser ... Murphy
Chris Yen ... Mauler
William Abadie ... Pretty Boy
Gregory Harrison ... Whitmore
Doug Hutchison ... Matchstick
Eileen Ryan ... Gloria
David Andriole ... Pencil Stache
Thomas Olson Thomas Olson ... Eddie the Cheese (as Tom Olson)
Mark Hosack Mark Hosack ... Sammy
Melody Deatherage Melody Deatherage ... Nurse
Bart Heimburger Bart Heimburger ... Clerk
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A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well...

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Hard to love... Harder to kill.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malone See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Malone's car is a 1952 Chop Top Buick Straight 8, primer black with red rims and white wall tires. Thomas Jane found that car just days before shooting began and had it shipped up to Spokane from Oxnard just in time to get it running like it used to be. See more »

Goofs

When Sammy is hit with the throwing knife it's stuck just below his heart on the left side of his chest. But in the next cut scene when Malone grabs Sammy in a close up scene the knife is stuck in the right side of his chest. See more »

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Gloria: Give 'em hell, Malone!
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Thumbs up from someone who doesn't usually like action films
20 September 2011 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

The only reason I watched this was because the guy at the video store handed it to me and told me it was really good, and I would've looked like a wuss if I had thrown it back at him & rented "Sense and Sensibility" instead. I mean, it's tough enough renting a Hugh Grant flick without the added pressure.

So I got back home feeling a bit conned & not expecting much. Boy was I surprised. From the first 30 seconds I could tell this was no ordinary action flick.

Yes, as other reviewers have noted, this film is strongly rooted in film noir. But what makes it so interesting is that it's noir without the noir. Sure, we have the lantern-jawed, emotionless anti-hero who's everything we would expect from Bogie. We have the mysterious femme fatale and the late night saxophone music to add to the mood. But the visuals, pacing and presentation is something very fresh, very vibrant & colourful, and so over-the-top violent that you can't help but feel the strong contrast against the typical 40s film noir. This was deliberate on the part of the director, just like he deliberately throws in lots of playful anachronisms: 1940s cars driving alongside modern minivans, and old time cityscape that suddenly blends into modern streets (from what I understand, that's what the city of Spokane is really like), and the list goes on. Other interesting contrasts include the tough-as-nails hero who's loving mother drops in at unexpected times. The flow of this film is anything but predictable, and that's what really keeps you hooked.

But my favourite part was the insane lineup of villains. It's so surreal, like something out of Dick Tracy. I particularly liked the character of "Matchstick", a deformed, psychotic sicko whom you gotta fall in love with. Then there's the cute/slutty lolita girl "Mauler" who can carve a man up faster than a ginsu knife commercial; yet she complains that she can't get a date. And lastly we have the incomparable Ving Rhames playing the cold-hearted assassin who slips into Gandhi-like moments of introspection and wisdom. What a wacky bunch! This is definitely a fun film. Even the excessive violence is so exaggerated you gotta love it. Here we have the best gore clichés in the business: the guy who gets hit in the mouth and spits a gallon of blood, the guy who gets knifed in the leg and gushes blood like a hose, and don't forget the best one... someone getting their heart ripped out of their chest while they're still breathing. There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek fun going here. It's almost like an action flick that makes fun of action flicks. But at the same time it's subtle enough that you can take it as a straightforward action flick. Either way, you're in for a wild ride.


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