Killing Them Softly (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 37 mins

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Set against the backdrop of bustling Boston in the fall of 2008, while the banking crisis grips national news, this mob thriller depicts the difficult circumstances that emerge when three amateur criminals hold up a high-stakes poker game. When they rob all the cash from all the players, confidence in illegal card games around the area drops, causing frustration and embarrassment for the local mob, who organised it. Consequently, the local mobsters hire Jackie (Brad Pitt), a professional contract killer to identify and eliminate the culprits as an example of the kind of punishment that would be meted out against anyone who dared to wrong the mafia. Will Jackie succeed in fulfilling his assignment?
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Cast: Brad Pitt

Crew: Andrew Dominik (Director), Greig Fraser (Director of Photography)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

Release Dates: 05 Oct 2012 (India)

Tagline: In America you're on your own

English Name: Killing Them Softly

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Did you know? The title that was originally chosen for this movie is 'Cogans Way'. Read More
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as Jackie
as Russell
as Business Suit Agent
as Cab Driver Agent
as Bar Patron #2
as Mickey
as Waiter
as Bar Patron #3
as Bartender #2
as Hooker
as Barry Caprio
as Bar Patron #1
as Markie Trattman
as Driver
as Bartender #1
as Poker Guy
as Dillon
as Frankie
as Security Force Agent
as Steve Caprio
as Johnny Amato
as Business Suit Agent


First Assistant Director


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Lighting Technician


Music Coordinator


Foley Artist
Sound Mixer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Set Decorator
Set Dresser


Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


First Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Company
Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Double


Special Thanks

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Coordinator


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In America you're on your own
Revealing Mistakes
The sawn-off shotgun Russell has in the robbery scene would fail to work correctly, as there is no barrel. If fired there would be no compression leading to the powder charge not burning correctly. It wouldn't be effective as a weapon.

Revealing Mistakes
When Jackie shoots Trrattman with a pistol through the car window, the ejected shell casing from the pistol is clearly that of a blank, as can be seen by the crimped end of the cartridge casing.

When John Amato drives up to the lady's apartment to drop her off, he gets out on the right hand side of the Cadillac. When he returns to the car to drive away, he gets in on the left hand side where he is shot by Jackie.

After using his shotgun and putting it in the getaway car, Jackie wipes down the car of evidence but fails to retrieve his gun and his fingerprints on it.

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.

In the bar scene with Jackie and Mickey, the drinks on the table seem to be constantly changing. The levels in the glasses change, the number of glasses on the table change and the arrangement of the glasses change.

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.

Character Error
At one point in the movie Frankie mentions a bar in Haverhill. He pronounces it "haver-hill" but anyone living in new England know it is pronounced "have-rill".

This movie is set in 2008, as evidenced by political ads, but a late model (2009 or later) white Mazda sedan can be seen on the street in one of the scenes.
This movie created history by becoming the first feature film to use Kodak's 500T 5230 film stock.

Before the casting for the movie was finalised, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Javier Bardem were considered for various roles.

Vincent Curatola portrayed John Sacramoni 'Johnny Sac' on HBO's The Sopranos, whose main character Tony Soprano was played by James Gandolfini.

At one point, Zoe Saldana was considered for a role in this movie.

The title that was originally chosen for this movie is 'Cogans Way'.

This movie has the ignominious distinction of being just one of three films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2012, along with The Devil Inside (2012) and Silent House (2011).

Even though the movie is called 'Killing Them Softly' because Brad Pitt's character likes to kill people from afar, but the 2 people he kills, he kills them up close.

The Turkish former minister of culture found the movie so offensive that he told the press that he wanted the age bar for this movie to be raised from 13 to 18 or, if possible, remove it from the theaters altogether.

In early negotiations, Ray Liotta was the original choice to play Tony Soprano in the HBO show, The Sopranos. The part was later cast to James Gandolfini. Although they share no screen time, they both star in this film.

Vincent Curatola portrayed John Sacramoni "Johnny Sac" on HBO's The Sopranos, whose main character Tony Soprano was played by James Gandolfini.