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"Killing Them Softly" movie quotes take viewers on a high-powered ride to follow what happens after a mob-sponsored poker game is robbed. The crime film, written and directed by Andrew Dominik, was adapted from the novel Cogan's Trade and first premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the Palme d'Or.

In "Killing Them Softly," Brad Pitt portrays Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who is tasked with investigating a heist that occurred during a mob-sponsored poker game operated by Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta). As a result of the robbery, the local crime economy falls into turmoil which only ups the stakes for Jackie to make things right again.

Jackie locates those responsible for the heist, two green locals who think they're hot shots (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) then begins the process of tracking them down and taking care of them. This however is something Jackie would rather outsource to Mickey (James Gandolfini) in order to keep his distance from their deaths, to kill them softly. Getting the approval from Driver (Richard Jenkins) to hire Mickey however is easier said than done.

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Like many other movie released at the end of 2012, "Killing Them Softly" is sure to receive some examination from Oscar voters as award season approaches. Other big names also releasing in that pre-Oscar period include "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," "Chasing Mavericks," "Alex Cross," "Smashed," "Sinister," "Seven Psychopaths," "Argo," and "Looper."
  • 1

    A Bunch of Amateurs

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    Frankie: "All right, you ready to do this? That's what you got, dishwashing gloves? We're going to look like a bunch of amateurs. The f*** is this?"
    Russell: "A sawn-off shotgun, it's what you asked me to get you."
    Frankie: "Think it's going to kill anybody in the room?"

    Showing how much of true rookies they really are, Frankie and Russell show up at the scene of the mob game for the heist with gloves, the dishwashing kind, and Russell's version of a weapon, both highly comical. Amazingly, despite their poor preparation, they actually pull off the robbery.
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    Touchy Feely

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    Jackie: "You ever kill anyone?"
    Driver: "No"
    Jackie: "It can get touchy-feely."
    Driver: "Touchy-feely?"
    Jackie: "Emotional, not fun, a lot of fuss. They cry. They plead. They beg. They piss themselves. They call for their mothers. It gets embarrassing. I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings. Don't like feelings. Don't want to think about them."

    For Jackie, killing is something he would rather do hands off so as to not deal with all of that touchy-feely stuff. It's hard to blame Jackie for feeling this way. Who really would enjoy watching someone plead for their life moments before their death?
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    It's Only Money

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    Frankie: "Just keep quiet, give it all up and nobody gets hurt. It's only money."

    Frankie thinks he is a big shot while robbing Mark Trattman's game and gets all tough guy on them during the heist. Little does he know how small he will soon feel as a result of his actions.
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    Shove Them Around a Little

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    Driver: "Mark Trattman's game was hit a couple of nights ago."
    Jackie: "So where do we go from here?"
    Driver: "You start with Trattman. They are not going to OK anything major here."
    Jackie: "What's that mean?"
    Driver: "They just want you to talk to them."
    Jackie: "Talk to them?"
    Driver: "Shove them around a little. Don't hurt them too bad because they don't want 'em hurt."

    Dealing with a robbery of a protected mob game is tricky. Of course Jackie and crew have to confront the operator of the game but only rough him up a little.
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