Killing Them Softly by George V. Higgins
(Cogan's Trade Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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Synopsis

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Brad Pitt

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the mob. When a high-stakes card game is heisted by unknown hoodlums, Cogan is called in to “handle” the problem. Moving expertly and ruthlessly among a variety of criminal hacks, hangers-on, and bigger-time crooks—a classic cast of misfits animated by Higgins’s hilarious, cracklingly authentic dialogue—Cogan gets to the root of the problem and, with five consecutive shots from a Smith & Wesson thirty-eight Police Special, restores order to his corner of the underworld.
 

About George V. Higgins

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George V. Higgins was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (0-8050-6598-9), Trust (0-8050-0955-8), and "Kennedy for the Defense" (0-8050-4182-6).
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Dominik’s message is hard to dodge in Killing Them Softly – that capitalism and crime are mirror images of the same immoral system (a point Frances Ford Coppola’s The Godfather made 40 years ago).

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The Telegraph

Brad Pitt was nominally the star of Andrew Dominik’s last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, despite being a mythic absence in it as much as he was a presence, and certainly not the protagonist.

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Huffington Post

Loading Slideshow 'Killing Them Softly' 'Killing Them Softly' 'Killing Them Softly' 'Killing Them Softly' In point of fact, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is about the state of America and t...

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Huffington Post

Brad Pitt's newest film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, and despite its pulpy premise -- a hit man (played by Pitt) is hired to kill a bunch of small-time crooks after they rob a Boston poker game -- "Killing Them Softly" is, as Indiewire critic Eric Kohn noted, "scathingly anti-c...

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Huffington Post

But though Killing Them Softly treads the same contemporary streets of south Boston (actually New Orleans) as The Town, Affleck's film was a story of modern criminals -- but the soul of Dominik's film is the 1974 novel of the late George V.

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Pajiba

He’s great here precisely because he’s matured to the point where he can play a soft-spoken, businesslike hitman without feeling like he’s forcing anything.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

sheriff fatally shot Korea nuclear war threats mount Finding common ground on guns is elusive for Obama ...

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The Seattle Times

A movie review of “Killing Them Softly,” Andrew Dominik’s hard-boiled crime tale about what happens to loose-lipped dim bulbs who rob a mob-sponsored card game.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Reviewer's rating: 8/10 Brad Pitt takes a good 25 minutes to arrive in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, pulling up in his car to the testimony of Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around.

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Boston.com

Aside from a few local references — Somerville, Wollaston, some place called “Have-erhill” — Dominik pulls “Killing Them Softly” out of Higgins’s Boston and sets it in a generic urban wasteland in November of 2008.

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Zimbio

And, the film's signature moment: Jackie pulling up alongside a mark and unloading round after round in extreme slow motion.

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Spinetingler Magazine

With The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, director Andrew Dominik and star/producer Brad Pitt gave us one of the most startlingly original westerns ever made, a film that upset the conventions of the genre at every turn while still respecting it.

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Monsters and Critics

If you though casting Brad Pitt as a funny gangster after his role as the about to be killed Jesse James, casting Jenkins as a mobster after his role in “The Visitor” (or, the milquetoast gym manager in “Burn After Reading”) is downright genius.

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Irish Times

True, this is a film in which hitmen in cars discuss professional strategies – the title references Cogan’s preference for making his kills as painlessly as possible – but, rather than aping Tarantino, those scenes remind us how much that director owes to literary forerunners such as Higgins.

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London Evening Standard

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Time Magazine

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I like to kill them softly, from a distance, not close enough for feelings – don’t like feelings, don’t want to think about ‘em.” (LIST: The Top 10 Movies of the Millennium, This Far) What Killing Them Softly thinks about — and shows with both relish and ketchup — is the impact and etiquette of...

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Time Magazine

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But the scam’s real mastermind — a term to be used loosely in a movie where virtually everyone but Cogan is a depressive alcoholic, a brain-addled junkie or an idiot — is one John “the Squirrel” Amato (another Sopranos veteran, Vincent Curatola, who played Johnny Sack;

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New York Magazine

Cogan arrives in New Orleans at the start of the second act—unfortunately, in another example of directorial overkill, to Johnny Cash rasping “The Man Comes Around.” (“There’s a man goin’ round takin’ names, and he decides who to free and who to blame …”) Earlier, Johnny “Squirrel” Amato (Vincent...

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Arts Fuse

Midway through Cogan’s Trade (1974), the George Higgins novel from which the film Killing Them Softly is too loosely adapted, Jack Cogan, one afternoon, drinks off a “stein of dark in Jake Wirth’s.” Not too many guys know Cogan nor, given his area of expertise, would wish to, but Mitch is up from...

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The Hollywood Reporter

All Killing Them Softly takes from the limitless universe of film noir is the night and the city.” Killing Them Softly opens in theaters Friday.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Writer and director Bernardo Bertolucci gives us some insight into his characters in his drama 'Me and You'.

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PolicyMic

If the director had really adapted the novel, you know, modeled it to fit his purposes, that might have worked, but as it stands it’s like a third wheel spinning in the opposite direction of the other four.

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Alternative Magazine Online

The trailer hints at the punctuations of intense violence that are peppered throughout – one particular scene involving a slow motion drive-by shooting takes what could have been just a passing moment and makes it breathtakingly beautiful/borderline poetic – but what many won’t expect are the und...

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Media Mikes

For the film, Brad Pitt was reunited with director Andrew Dominik after “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”, a film that no one saw.

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Culture Mob

Most American movies treat murder like some kind of release, but for Dominik, killing is sad and messy and fast, and nowhere near as devastating as the anticipation.

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Ken Greenleaf

Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.

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Citylife

It’s too dialogue-heavy to maintain the attention of the modern moviegoer, which somehow escaped director Andrew Dominick when he decided to mine Higgins’ work for a successor to Eddie and found Cogan’s Trade, retitled Killing Them Softly for the adaptation.

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