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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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(screenplay), (based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by)
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Steve Caprio
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Barry Caprio
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Hooker
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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

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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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Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Javier Bardem were considered for various roles. See more »

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Just before his beat-down in the rain by Steve and Barry, Markie is sitting in the back seat of the car, completely dry. In the very next scene, having just stepped out of the car, his hair is plastered to his head and his shirt is soaking wet. See more »

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Jackie Cogan: Next he'll be telling us we're a community,
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Dosruk
Written by Carl Stone
Performed by Carl Stone
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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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