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Cost of a Soul (2010)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 May 2011 (USA)
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A gritty tale of two veterans who return home from Iraq to the war-zone of their own slum neighborhood. Their lives collide as their own families become entangled in a web of crime and corruption.


Sean Kirkpatrick





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Kerson ... Tommy Donahue
Will Blagrove ... DD Davis
Mark Borkowski Mark Borkowski ... Jake
Judy Jerome ... Faith Donahue
Maddie Morris Jones ... Hope Donahue
Gregg Almquist Gregg Almquist ... Charlie 'Bernie' Burns
Nakia Dillard ... Darnell Davis
Daveed Ramsay Daveed Ramsay ... James Davis
Christopher Mann ... Carl
Diane M. Johnson Diane M. Johnson ... Maybeleen 'Mamma' Davis
Buck Schirner Buck Schirner ... Detective Marlow
Kamal Bostic-Smith Kamal Bostic-Smith ... Sha
Franklin Ojeda Smith ... Jackie
Todd Ryan Jones ... Jon
Matty Shantz Matty Shantz ... Mickey


Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to their North Philadelphia slum neighborhood. Tommy returns home to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant. He meets his four-year-old daughter, Hope, for the first time, and she begins to melt his frozen heart. DD faces the pressure to save his younger brother, James, from becoming a victim of the streets. Meanwhile their oldest brother, Darnell, has risen to become the neighborhood kingpin. The two find themselves trapped in the same slums they joined the military to escape from. As they struggle to make their wrongs right, their own families become entangled in a web of crime and corruption so thick, murder becomes their only option. Written by Sean Kirkpatrick

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"It's a messed up world we live in.... if you don't open you're eyes you're gonna get stuck." See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence and brief nudity






Release Date:

20 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Redemption See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Four actual murders were committed at four of production locations within several days of filming there. See more »

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Bleak, dark, sad.....
17 April 2019 | by nyjazzmanSee all my reviews

This was one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. The story is totally bleak, with few breaks in the presentation. Two veterans of the Iraq war come home to a place which could be seen as ugly as the war they just left. The entire film is shot in a gray or dark light - this place has been deserted by even a little sunshine. The performances were very good. I guess that's the redeeming aspect of the film. Just about every actor did their best with such a tragic story. See it for the acting, but don't expect a great story.

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