Killer Joe

July 27th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • NC-17,
  • 103 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Scott A. Martin, Gralen Bryant Banks, Carol Sutton, Danny Epper, Jeff Galpin, Marc Macaulay, Gregory C. Bachaud, Charley Vance, Julia Adams, Blain Sanchez, Geraldine Glenn, Sean O'Hara, Tony Severio, Lynette Zumo
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Writer: Tracy Letts
  • Producers: Nicolas Chartier, Scott Einbinder
  • Co Producer: Patrick Newall
  • Executive Producers: Vicki Cherkas, Molly Conners, Zev Foreman, Laurence Freed, Jamin O'Brien, Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno, Christopher Woodrow
  • Casting: Denise Chamian
  • Costume Design: Peggy A. Schnitzer
  • D.O.P.: Caleb Deschanel
  • Editor: Darrin Navarro
  • Makeup: Krystal Kershaw
  • Music: Tyler Bates
  • Production Design: Franco-Giacomo Carbone
  • Set Decoration: Paul Blanchard


When 22 year old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to "Killer Joe" (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie (Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in... if it ever does.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: Voltage Pictures, Worldview Entertainment, ANA Media
  • Production Schedule: 8 November 2010 - 15 December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "William Friedkin's first film since 2006's "Bug" is an adaptation of Tracy Letts' 1998 off-Broadway play which has been described as a twisted and blackly comic Texas noir, the tone both brutally funny and disturbing.

The story follows a debt ridden young brother and sister who employ a hired killer to take out their alcoholic mother in order to collect her life insurance. Thing is, they're not the only members of their family who wants their mother dead.

Friedkin hasn't delivered much in terms of strong cinematic output in the past two decades, but in quite a few of those cases the material and scripting, rather than the direction, was the decidedly underwhelming factor. Here, "August: Osage County" creator Letts is doing the adaptation himself.

Screened at Venice and Toronto last year, reviews were quite good with the performances (especially an understated McConaughey) receiving high marks. The ending however has divided some. The digitally shot indie was picked up by LD Distribution who'll release the film sometime early in the year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 29 June 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 1 August 2012: Iceland
  • 23 August 2012: Russia
  • 5 September 2012: France
  • 20 September 2012: Greece
  • 26 September 2012: Belgium
  • 28 September 2012: Finland
  • 11 October 2012: Portugal
  • 18 October 2012: Italy
  • 25 October 2012: Netherlands
  • 1 November 2012: Russia
  • 7 November 2012: Sweden