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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.

Director:

Andrew Dominik

Writers:

Andrew Dominik (screenplay), George V. Higgins (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Jackie
Scoot McNairy ... Frankie
Ben Mendelsohn ... Russell
James Gandolfini ... Mickey
Richard Jenkins ... Driver
Vincent Curatola ... Johnny Amato
Ray Liotta ... Markie Trattman
Trevor Long ... Steve Caprio
Max Casella ... Barry Caprio
Sam Shepard ... Dillon
Slaine ... Kenny Gill
Linara Washington ... Hooker
Ross Brodar Ross Brodar ... Poker Guy
Wade Allen ... Business Suit Agent
Christopher Berry ... Cab Driver Agent
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In America you're on your own

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cogan's Trade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,812,900, 2 December 2012

Gross USA:

$15,026,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,930,465
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (rough cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Trattman's car is hit by the tow truck, a close-up shows his head hitting and cracking the windshield. The next exterior shot shows an intact windshield. See more »

Quotes

Russell: [to Frankie] Then after we go over to Orlando. We're gonna burn the car. So Kenny sticks a rag in the gas tank and he lights it off.
Kenny Gill: [flashback to when they're going to burn the car] Do be such a-Russell, you're a fucking pussy. I've done it a million fucking times.
[lights the rag with a lighter]
Kenny Gill: It's fine. It goes up like a fuckin bonfire. You'll love it.
[he walks away towards the back of the car and faces it from a few yards away. The rag's flame is spreading]
Kenny Gill: See?
[...]
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Referenced in Family Guy: Pilling Them Softly (2015) See more »

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The Windmills of Your Mind
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Starts well, then collapses under the weight of its own self satisfaction
3 October 2012 | by KookyburraSee all my reviews

This is a film that looks outstanding. It has that feel of the best seventies cinema. The acting similarly is outstanding but still, a few things stop it from being the stone cold classic it could have been.

The cracks started to show when Cogan(Pitt) has his first talk with Mickey(Gandolfini). It's the latest in a long series of head to heads that play out more like acting master-classes than anything relating to the film. That scene effectively breaks the spell and reminds us that we are watching "good quality acting" combined with "a good script".

The film seems to go off the rails after this. Any charm or involvement is soon stopped by another showy scene from the director who seems more concerned with showing off his film making skills than actually making a good film.

The final thing that jars is Brad Pitt. He had the same effect on Fight Club. Pitt is too big a star for a film like this. He simply doesn't convince as the cynical cold blooded killer. Why would such a man spend that much time on his physical appearance for instance?. A more earthy, hard boiled actor could have made the character believable.

Not a bad film but overbearingly condescending at the finale (which I won't spoil here). The film that went before doesn't earn that pay off and its impact isn't felt on the screen. Which makes the end deeply unsatisfying.

Shame really as with more editing and less egos involved, this could have been so much better.


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