Knockaround Guys

Knockaround Guys

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Director: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Cast: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper

     
 

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A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered… See more details below

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A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered him to shoot a longtime enemy of the family. Matty lacked the nerve to do it, and ever since, Benny has been convinced his son is a coward. As an adult, Matty is stuck between a rock and a hard place; he'd like to work as a sports agent, but his family's criminal ties make that all but impossible, and his dad won't give him a chance in the family's operations. Uncle Teddy decides to give Matty a chance to make good by asking him to pick up a payment of $500,000 in Spokane, WA. Matty puts together a crew of three friends, all sons of mob guys, to help him out: muscle bound Taylor (Vin Diesel), ladies' man Chris (Andrew Davoli), and cocaine-addled would-be pilot Johnny (Seth Green). Getting the money goes just fine, but during a refueling stop in Montana, Johnny has to hide the money to keep it from being discovered. It's then promptly stolen by a pair of burnouts. When Matty and his crew discover the money is missing, they head back to Montana, but before long, they find out that the sheriff (Tom Noonan) is onto them, and that he has his own plans for the cash; they also learn that Uncle Teddy has some plans he didn't tell them about. Knockaround Guys marked the directorial debut for the screenwriting team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The crime drama Knockaround Guys would have been straight-to-video, if it had not been for the box-office pull of muscleman Vin Diesel playing a supporting role. Shot almost three years before its theatrical release, this coming-of-age mobster tale tries to mimic its contemporaries, like the superior HBO series The Sopranos. However, the psychological intrigue and family drama in this movie is not that compelling. The brief appearances of Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich are interesting yet strangely unconvincing due to the mediocre dialogue of fake gangster-speak. What this movie does have is strong action scenes and very attractive leads. Basically, the best assets are the young, hunky characters looking tough in leather jackets and greased hair. Similar to what Young Guns didn't do for the Western, Knockaround Guys doesn't add anything new to the crime genre, just a more youthful face. Fans of Vin Diesel will be pleased, as his muscles are in full view during his alternating moments of clobbering and moralizing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
UPC:
0794043540837
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Malkovich Teddy Deserve
Dennis Hopper Benny "Chains" Demaret
Vin Diesel Taylor Reese
Barry Pepper Matty Demaret
Seth Green Johnny Marbles
Andrew Davoli Chris Scarpa
Tom Noonan Sheriff
John Liddle Heslop
Nicholas Pasco Freddy the Watch
Michael A. Miranda Noriega

Technical Credits
Brian Koppelman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Levien Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lawrence Bender Producer
Lester Cohen Production Designer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Amanda Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Kirkham Co-producer
Cal Loucks Set Decoration/Design
Clint Mansell Score Composer
David Moritz Editor
Kei Ng Art Director
Beth Pasternak Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Laurel Smith Casting
Brian Witten Executive Producer
Stan Wlodkowski Executive Producer

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