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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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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 »

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Comedy | Crime

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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(At around five minutes) Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Marty (Colin Farrell) are seen sitting in a theater watching Violent Cop (1989). See more »

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In the first newspaper article about the Jack of Diamonds killer, the right-hand column has numerous repeated sentences. See more »

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Billy: [to Marty] Are you out of your alcoholic fucking mind?
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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 Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Don't Start Loving Me If You're Gonna Stop
Performed by Veda Brown
Written by Carl Smith
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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An intricate film with genuine laughs centered around a solid script
15 October 2012 | by nathanialwestSee all my reviews

When I was driving to the theater, I was doubting my choice in Seven Psychopaths, because the trailer made it seem like so many films I'd seen before that looked edgy and wry, and showed so much promise in the previews yet fell short because of flat characters and muddled plots. This one, however, did not let me down.

I suggest that you see this film purely because it tries to do more with a movie than anything you've seen in a while, and it manages to actually succeeds on all levels, while dangerously romancing the clichés of toying with clichés, movies about writing movies, and gangsters with a soft side. Every time the story started to get even a little generic, wild cards came firing in from all sides.

The actors played their parts well, but Rockwell gave the best performance. I was impressed by Woody and Walken's abilities to shed their skins and get deeper into character than I've seen them be in years.

This is a writer's film--the subplots (really, borderline vignettes) about the various psychopaths that Marty encounters are well done, their back stories unfold at different paces, and their details that connect them to the central plot are creatively deployed, while the momentum of the film clearly hinges in the here and now and does not make the mistake of merely chaining together several subplots to produce one "dog" of a story.

I enjoyed almost everything about Seven Psychopaths. 10/10 to offset the 2 that someone without a brain will rate this.


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