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Knockaround Guys (2001)

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The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Pepper ... Matty Demaret
Andy Davoli ... Chris Scarpa (as Andrew Davoli)
Seth Green ... Johnny Marbles
Vin Diesel ... Taylor Reese
John Malkovich ... Teddy Deserve
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Billy Clueless (as Arthur Nascarella)
Tom Noonan ... Sheriff Decker
Nicholas Pasco Nicholas Pasco ... Freddy the Watch
Shawn Doyle ... Deputy Ward
Kevin Gage ... Brucker
Dennis Hopper ... Benny Chains
Andrew Francis ... Matty at 13
John Liddle ... Heslep the Barkeep
Kris Lemche ... Decker
Dov Tiefenbach ... Teeze
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Storyline

The four sons (Diesel, Green, Pepper, Davoli) of major Brooklyn mobsters have to team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. Specifically, the story gets started when Matt Demaret (Pepper) goes on a job to deliver the money for his mob father (Hopper) on the advice of his uncle (Malkovich). Things don't go as planned though... Written by Ryan McIntosh

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How many friends can you trust with your life? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ajuste de cuentas See more »

Filming Locations:

Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,016,852, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$11,715,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,806,614
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Seth Green is in the plane drinking coffee, you see him wince a little - not because the coffee is hot - but because Vin Diesel had put his cigarette out in the coffee, prior to the filming of that scene. See more »

Goofs

While in the hotel room as Matty and Taylor are watching the hunting show, the ice bucket Taylor is soaking his hand in disappears between shots. See more »

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Teddy Deserve: I got shoes older than you, kid; and tougher, too.
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An alternate ending was shot after test audiences disliked the original one. See more »

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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Funiculi Funicula
Written by Peppino Turco (as G. Turco) and Luigi Denza (as L. Denza)
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Performed by David Romano
Courtesy of OGM / Ole Georg Music
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Better than expected, underrated!
25 February 2003 | by supertom-3See all my reviews

With the negative response from critics for this movie I was concerned that this would be rubbish, especially when it was released straight to video in my country (UK). As a Diesel fan I had high expectations for this film but was aware he had a supporting part.

However I was actually pleasantly surprised that the film was actually fairly enjoyable. The story is basic, about a mobsters son (Barry Pepper) who has grown up disparaged by the life of crime his family are involved in, but in his adults days he is unable to get the sort of legit career he wants, as a sports agent, because no-one will hire him for the simple reason that he is related to Dennis Hoppers character. Anyway he resigns himself to the fact that he can't go legit and that working for his dad is the way forward, but since his father only has enough faith in him to pick up his sandwiches, Matty is frustrated and begs his father to give him some more responsibility, he gets support here from his uncle Teddy played by John Malkovich. He gets his responsibility of course but things go awry, by fault of Matt's friend Marbles played by Seth Green. Half a million pounds has now gone missing in a small town, with some fairly clichéd hicks. Matty takes two of his friends over to assist Marbles in getting the money back, and on ensures a tale of deception and murder, with dirty cops, double dealing mobsters, and unwelcoming locals.

It's a fairly simple film that is nicely placed and very well acted. There are comical moments and some moments of character depth, particularly with central character Matty. There are really any surprises in this flick but it is on the most part entertaining. Barry Pepper is very good in the central role as is Vin Diesel as his best friend Taylor, who offers support and advice as well as muscle when it's needed. John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper are good in their small roles although they are cruising really but it is Tom Noonan who steals the show in a delightfully seedy role as the bent small town sheriff Decker.

All in all this is worth a rental, if you're a fan of Diesel like me you'll appreciate his performance in a role that has more depth to it than XXX. 6/10


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