Killing Them Softly is an American crime film directed by Andrew Dominik based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. On May 22, 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, receiving positive early reviews.
Set in New Orleans, "Killing Them Softly" follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan, who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. They think that Mark Trattman hired someone to rob his poker game. Trattman has robbed his own poker game before so they go to "talk" to him. Mark denies that and Dillon beats him up. Cogan hears that Johnny Amato is behind this. Johnny is Jackie's frien and wants Mickey to kill him. When Mickey arrives he drink couple beers and tell him he might be arrested cause he should not be there. When Jackie visit's Mickey's hotel room he tells him that he should go to sleep and kill Johnny Amato. Mickeys drinking couble glass of beer and say's"I'm not taking orders from him" . Then Jackie knows Mickey is not man for the job.
- Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan
- Richard Jenkins as Driver
- James Gandolfini as Mickey
- Ray Liotta as Markie Trattman
- Scoot McNairy as Frankie
- Ben Mendelsohn as Russell
- Sam Shepard as Dillon
- Slaine as Kenny Gill
- Vincent Curatola as Johnny Amato
- Max Casella as Barry Caprio
Killing Them Softly is based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik. He chose to update the setting of the story, saying "as I started adapting it, it was the story of an economic crisis, and it was an economic crisis in an economy that was funded by gambling—and the crisis occurred due to a failure in regulation. It just seemed to have something that you couldn't ignore."
The project was first announced in November 2010 when Brad Pitt was reported to be in talks for the lead role. Pitt joined the project the following month, and production was scheduled to begin in Louisiana in March 2011. Additional roles were cast in early 2011. Dominik asked Pitt if he was interested in the role via a text message; he replied "yes" and the matter was settled over half an hour.
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