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The Drop (2014)

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Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

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Michaël R. Roskam

Writers:

Dennis Lehane (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (short story "Animal Rescue")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hardy ... Bob
Noomi Rapace ... Nadia
James Gandolfini ... Cousin Marv
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Eric Deeds
John Ortiz ... Detective Torres
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Detective Romsey
Michael Aronov ... Chovka
Morgan Spector ... Andre
Michael Esper ... Rardy
Ross Bickell Ross Bickell ... Father Regan
James Frecheville ... Fitz
Tobias Segal ... Briele
Patricia Squire ... Millie
Ann Dowd ... Dottie
Chris Sullivan ... Jimmy
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Storyline

Follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" - in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost. Written by Polly_Kat

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some strong violence and pervasive language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Rescue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,552, 12 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,724,389, 13 November 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Tom Hardy wasn't bashful in offering suggestions as he watched playback of scenes at the monitors, and he lobbied Dennis Lehane and producers for a more ambiguous ending, which the screenwriter then partly rewrote on set. See more »

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When Bob checks Eric's gun, he removes the magazine, looks at it, and then puts it back in the gun. He never clears the chamber. The gun is still loaded. See more »

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Bob: [narrating] There are places in my neighborhood no one ever thinks about. You see them every day and every day you forget about them. These are the places where all the things happen that people are *not* allowed to see. You see, in Brooklyn, money changes hands all night long. It's just not the kind you can deposit in a bank. All that money needs to end up somewhere. They call it a drop bar. A bar the bosses choose randomly each night to be the safe for an entire city. You never ...
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Tom Hardy is arguably the most talented male actor in film today!
22 September 2014 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE DROP': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Crime-thriller about a bartender who finds himself in trouble, with dangerous criminals, when the bar he works at, which is a 'money drop' for local gangsters, is robbed. It's based on the short story 'Animal Rescue' by Dennis Lehane (who also wrote such popular novels, turned movies, as 'MYSTIC RIVER', 'GONE BABY GONE' and 'SHUTTER ISLAND'). Lehane also wrote the screenplay and Michaël R. Roskam directed the movie. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Matthias Schoenaerts (who also starred in Roskam's 2011 crime-drama flick 'BULLHEAD') and James Gandolfini (in his last film role). I found the movie to be really dark but extremely involving and suspenseful, at times, as well.

Hardy plays Bob Saginowski; a Brooklyn bartender who works for his cousin Marv (Gandolfini) at a local tavern. The bar is involved in a money laundering scheme, run by local gangsters, and used as a 'money drop' for funneling dirty cash. When it's robbed, apparently by small time crooks, Bob and Marv find themselves under a lot of pressure (from the crime bosses) to find out who did it. At the same time Bob rescues a dog, that was beaten and left for dead in someone's trash can, and starts a relationship with the woman, Nadia (Rapace), who helps him. A detective (Ortiz), who goes to the same (closing) catholic church as Bob, is investigating the robbery.

The movie, like everything based on Dennis Lehane's writings, is pretty dark. Hardy is outstanding once again; he's arguably the most talented male actor in film today. He's also the relatable heart of the film but even his character has a dark twist. All of the performances are good though and it's nice to see Gandolfini doing what he does best, one last time, as well. The directing is superb and the screenplay is, of course, brilliant. I think the movie is exactly what most viewers are expecting it to be, that are familiar with Lehane's work, and Hardy makes it even that much more memorable and classic!

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