Killing Them Softly is a new crime drama from director Andrew Dominik, the man responsible for the classic Chopper and the superb The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. With those two films already in his resume, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Killing Them Softly will be nothing short of brilliant.
The film played at Cannes this week and received an incredibly positive response from the audience, a very good sign. The film is due for release here in the UK on 21st September, and features a stunning cast. A few weeks ago a clip was released featuring Ray Liotta getting himself into a spot of bother, while the second clip, released today, features Brad Pitt discussing his favoured way of killing someone.
Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team. Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.
By Matt Wavish