Killing Them Softly

November 30th 2012
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 97 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard, Slaine, Garret Dillahunt, Bella Heathcote, Joe Chrest, Linara Washington, Elton LeBlanc, Mustafa Harris, David Joseph Martinez, Cynthia LeBlanc, Christopher Berry, John C. Klein, Shadoe Knight, Mark Jr. Tubre, Ross Brodar, Raymond Lapino, Julia Adams
  • Director: Andrew Dominik
  • Writers: Andrew Dominik, George V. Higgins
  • Producers: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz
  • Co Producers: Matthew Budman, Will French, Stephen Roberts, Douglas Saylor Jr., Roger Schwartz
  • Associate Producer: Scott Andrew Robertson
  • Executive Producers: Marc Butan, Megan Ellison, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna
  • Casting: Francine Maisler
  • Costume Design: Patricia Norris
  • D.O.P.: Greig Fraser
  • Editors: John Paul Horstmann, Brian A. Kates
  • Makeup: Dennis Liddiard
  • Music: Marc Streitenfeld
  • Production Design: Patricia Norris
  • Set Decoration: Leslie Morales


Two petty criminals - who think they have a no-risk plan - are recruited to rob a high stakes, Mob-protected poker game causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, the enforcer hired to track down the culprits and restore order, in his own unique way.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use
  • Production Budget: $18 million
  • Production Companies: Plan B Entertainment, 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Annapurna Pictures, Chockstone Pictures, Inferno Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 28 February 2011 - April 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Andrew Dominik's third feature effort returns the filmmaker to the darkly comic crime thriller genre which first got him noticed with 2000's "Chopper", a film which launched then Aussie TV comedian Eric Bana's cinematic career. Dominik's second effort was the much acclaimed western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and that film's main star Brad Pitt heads up this story based on George V. Higgins' Boston-set 70's crime novel.

Pitt plays a mob enforcer called in to handle the unknown crooks who stole the winnings from a high-stakes card game. So begins his ruthless hunt through the various hacks, misfits and real crims of the local underworld to take down the culprits and restore order. The film was shot in New Orleans which means the Boston mob setting of the original book is likely nixed.

The plot really just sounds like excuse for Pitt to act like a bastard to the various colourful supporting characters he comes across including those names above plus the likes of Ben Mendelsohn, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola and Scoot McNairy. Critics fawned over the beautifully shot if interminably paced 'Jesse', the same will no doubt happen here though this more "Fargo" like tale should have a wider appeal."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 21 September 2012: Ireland, Spain, UK
  • 11 October 2012: Australia
  • 18 October 2012: Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia
  • 19 October 2012: Estonia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Taiwan
  • 25 October 2012: Georgia, Greece
  • 31 October 2012: Lithuania
  • 2 November 2012: Norway
  • 9 November 2012: Mexico
  • 15 November 2012: Brazil
  • 16 November 2012: Poland
  • 23 November 2012: Bulgaria
  • 29 November 2012: Argentina, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal
  • 30 November 2012: Finland, Iceland, Sweden
  • 5 December 2012: Belgium, France
  • 6 December 2012: Denmark, Slovenia
  • 21 February 2013: Chile