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Killing Them Softly (2012)

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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie
... Frankie
... Russell
... Mickey
... Driver
... Johnny Amato
... Markie Trattman
... Steve Caprio
... Barry Caprio
... Dillon
... Kenny Gill
... Hooker
... Poker Guy
... Business Suit Agent
... Cab Driver Agent
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Three amateurs stickup a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the hitman hired to track them down and restore order. Written by Anonymous

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In America you're on your own

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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30 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cogan's Trade  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,812,900, 2 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,026,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,930,465
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2.35 : 1
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One of the three films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2012, along with The Devil Inside (2012) and Silent House (2011). See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Russell and Frankie are discussing the possibility of doing or not doing the coup. Russell is eating an ice cream. Suddenly, in a next shot, the ice cream has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Cogan: What's he gonna do, fold under questioning? If he does, they'll kill him. If he doesn't, they'll figure he's lying like last time and they'll kill him. Either way, Markie's dead. So why put the poor bastard through a beating? It's a waste of time - not to mention a really unpleasant experience for Markie. Just put him out of his misery, poor bastard.
Jackie Cogan: What's the problem?
Driver: It's murder and they are squeamish.
Jackie Cogan: Oh, for fuck's sake.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Written by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Performed by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
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Brutal!
9 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' is Brutal! A Hard-Hitting Neo-Noir Crime Film, that speaks its own language without any inhibitions whatsoever! The narrative is difficult to stomach, but the overall impact, is stunning.

'Killing Them Softly' Synopsis: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

'Killing Them Softly' deals with brutality & freedom of speech. Its about the inner demons & the monsters that give them that "push" to come out fiercely. Dominik's Adapted Screenplay is hardcore. It narrates an unforgiving, unforgettable story, about people, whom we can relate to, but not sympathize particularly. Dominik's Direction, on the other-hand, is raw & rustic. Cinematography & Editing deserve a special mention.

Performance-Wise: Brad Pitt steals the show. After 'Moneyball', this is a yet another knockout performance by the Screen Icon. Ray Liotta hasn't been this good in a really long time. Richard Jenkins is excellent. James Gandolfini is mesmerizing in a brief, but significant role. Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn are fabulous. Sam Shepard shines.

On the whole, 'Killing Them Softly' is a wonder of a film. Two Thumbs Up!


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