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Righteous Kill (2008)

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Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writer:

Russell Gewirtz
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Turk
Al Pacino ... Rooster
50 Cent ... Spider (as Curtis Jackson)
Carla Gugino ... Karen Corelli
John Leguizamo ... Det. Simon Perez
Donnie Wahlberg ... Det. Ted Riley
Brian Dennehy ... Hingis
Trilby Glover ... Jessica
Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Gwen Darvis
Alan Rosenberg ... Stein
Sterling K. Brown ... Rogers
Barry Primus ... Prosky
Melissa Leo ... Cheryl Brooks
Alan Blumenfeld ... Martin Baum
Oleg Taktarov ... Yevgeny Mugalat
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Storyline

Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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"There's nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot" [UK] See more »


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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carla Gugino played the sex partner of Robert De Niro in this movie. She played his daughter in This Boy's Life (1993). See more »

Goofs

Club 404 is alternatively referred to as being at 184th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, and being in Harlem. 184th and St. Nicholas is in Washington Heights, north of Harlem. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the sound of a train is heard. See more »

Connections

References Women's Murder Club (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Stylin'
Written by Papoose (as Willie Mackie), Robert Smith, Sha Money X.L. (as Michael Clervoix)
Performed by Papoose
Published by Thugacation Music (ASCAP), All rights administered by Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP) on behalf of itself and Mossberg Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Thugacastion Record/StreetSweepers Entertainment/Violator Management
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Good Acting, Very Weak Script
13 September 2008 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are longtime NYC police partners, in this Jon Avnet thriller that has them trying to stop an unknown serial killer, a person who leaves a poem at the scene of each crime. Victims are law-breakers who were freed on legal technicalities. Two other cops, played by John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, become suspicious of the investigation, and this hampers the efforts of Turk and Rooster.

The script on which the film is based is rather poor. The setup is muddled; none of the characters are especially sympathetic, and secondary characters are not well defined. Further, "Righteous Kill" is not that much different from other serial killer or urban crime films.

The mood here is dark, and the tone is rather cynical. Characters go out of their way to telegraph their toughness by using lots of "hard" language. There's an edginess to the characters, and that's okay. But I could have wished for a character with some degree of softness. That would have provided much needed balance to the overall tonal savagery.

Without a doubt, the film's best element is the acting. There's not a weak performance in the bunch. Of course, the focus is on De Niro and Pacino. This is really their film. And it's their camaraderie, their back and forth playful banter, that makes the film worth watching. Production design and costumes are credible. Color cinematography is generally dark, consistent with the story's mood.

In spite of a weak script, "Righteous Kill" does provide some good plot misdirection that will leave viewers unsure as to the story's outcome. But the film's main virtue is the casting of De Niro and Pacino, two contemporary screen legends whose performances here are quite good.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,288,361, 14 September 2008

Gross USA:

$40,081,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,498,846
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2.35 : 1
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