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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

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Martin McDonagh

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Martin McDonagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pitt ... Larry
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Tommy
Sam Rockwell ... Billy
Colin Farrell ... Marty
Abbie Cornish ... Kaya
Christopher Walken ... Hans
Linda Bright Clay Linda Bright Clay ... Myra
Harry Dean Stanton ... Man in Hat
James Landry Hébert ... Killer (as James Hebert)
Christopher Gehrman ... Cellmate
Christian Barillas ... Catholic Priest
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Al
Kevin Corrigan ... Dennis
Woody Harrelson ... Charlie
Gabourey Sidibe ... Sharice
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Storyline

A struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. Written by Anonymous

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They Won't Take Any Shih Tzu. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sedam psihopata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,174,915, 14 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,024,049, 20 December 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,422,261, 20 December 2012
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Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the graveyard scene, the grave that the Jack of Diamonds killer is hiding behind is named "Rourke". Mickey Rourke was initially cast in the movie, but dropped out after disagreements with Writer and Director Martin McDonagh. He was replaced by Woody Harrelson. See more »

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When Dennis is in the back of the car and he questions Hans, his mouth only moves for a split second and the dialogue is still heard even when his lips have stopped moving. See more »

Quotes

Hans: An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, I believe that wholeheartedly.
Billy: No it doesn't. There'll be one guy left with one eye. Hows the last blind guy gonna take out the eye of the last guy left, who's still got one eye! All that guy has to do is run away and hide behind a bush. Gandhi was wrong, it's just that nobody's got the balls to come right out and say it.
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A surprise final scene interrupts the closing credits a few seconds after they start. See more »

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References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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Der Mond: Ach, da hängt ja der Mond! (Kleines Kind/Char)
Performed by Teresa Holloway/The Philharmonia Chorus/The Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
Composed by Carl Orff
Used by arrangement with Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mains
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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The perfect crime comedy

I don't often use the word perfect, but when I do, it's necessary! I've been following this film for some time now and spreading the word, trying to get as many of my friends to watch it when they get the chance and, low and behold, they are raving in approval.

'In Bruges' writer and director Martin McDonagh returns with possibly the most perfectly written, directed, filmed and acted movie that I have had the pleasure of watching in years. I say this even though I cannot compare it to the last allegedly perfect movie I saw, because goddamn it, it can't be compared. It is in a league of its own and as a true original.

Marty (Colin Farrell) is an Irish scriptwriter in LA, constantly hung over, treading on eggshells around his girlfriend and hanging around with his neurotic dog-kidnapping best friend Billy. Unable to find the inspiration he needs to start his new script, aptly titled the same as the film, he is thrust into a deadly situation of unbelievable magnitude.

Billy (Sam Rockwell) and his elderly friend Hans (Christopher Walken) have kidnapped the cute cuddly Shih Tzu of psycho gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson), who will have his dog back at all costs. At the same time, saving Marty and Hans' lives before a pair of mob goons can find out the whereabout of the dog, vigilante mafia boss killer 'The Jack of Diamonds' executes the gansgters and spares the two men, who decide to grab Billy and head for the hills.

But never mind wondering what he's going to do when Charlie comes back for his dog, Marty has yet to find the inspiration for his script closer to home than he has been looking as both Billy and Hans turn out to be two completely different breeds of psychopath.

Without spoiling it, this film is not your run of the mill loony comedy. That's just a consistently underlying theme throughout the entire movie. What it's really about is the importance and meaning of life to many individuals and what separates the psychopaths from the seemingly ordinary folk.

What was most fascinating about Seven Psychopaths is that there is more wisdom, emotional longing, vulnerability and personality in each psychopath than there is in the presumably mentally stable characters. We know they're crazy and dangerous almost from the offset but at the same time, we - and also Marty - cannot help but feel endeared towards them.

So what we really have is a crime drama that is up to its ears in hilarious comedy, tragedy and deep meaning, and this to me is perfect enough before the style and the powerhouse acting takes it graciously towards the end credits.

This film boasts a genius example of ideal ensemble casting which also includes an awesome turn by music legend and actor Tom Waits as Zachariah. It's also nice to see Abbie Cornish, Kevin Corrigan and Harry Dean Stanton supporting.

But OH MY GOD, Christopher Walken's best in years, Sam Rockwell's best in years and Woody Harrelson's best in years. You can thank the amazing writing and cinematography but the leads do so well with their own individual and collective roles that I was captivated from beginning to end and had to watch it twice within a few short days.

Excellent, through and through, go own it on DVD and never let go!


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