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Righteous Kill

Righteous Kill

3.5 18
Director: Jon Avnet, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis Jackson

Cast: Jon Avnet, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis Jackson


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Jon Avnet's thriller Righteous Kill stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a pair of Big Apple police officers investigating a series of murders committed by a serial killer. Carla Gugino co-stars as a crime-scene investigator who has romantic ties to De Niro.


Jon Avnet's thriller Righteous Kill stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a pair of Big Apple police officers investigating a series of murders committed by a serial killer. Carla Gugino co-stars as a crime-scene investigator who has romantic ties to De Niro. 50 Cent, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, and John Leguizamo co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Jon Avnet's Righteous Kill is a perfectly polished three-star thriller, a compulsively watchable piece of Hollywood product that's sure to sell popcorn as De Niro and Pacino fans dutifully file in to receive their recommended weekly allowances of badge-flashing testosterone and pistol-whipping machismo. Were it not for the fact that it holds the curious distinction of being the first film that finally affords the two tough-guy icons the opportunity to share some serious screen time together, Righteous Kill may well have been wholly disposable, straight-to-video tripe. As it stands, however, the two actors whose careers have careened perilously close to self-parody in recent years still manage to maintain their spark, playing off of one another in a way that's passably gratifying for the film's 100 brisk minutes -- even if the actual product seems to clock in about a decade too late. Still, better late than never when it comes to a pairing like this, and though it may not achieve -- nor does it seem to aspire to -- the classic status of De Niro's and Pacino's best works, Righteous Kill serves as a more easily digestible version of the richly textured crime dramas on which they both built their sizable reputations. The plot, concerning two NYPD detectives on the trail of a serial killer who may or not be one of their own, isn't likely to hold many surprises for viewers paying close attention in the first 45 minutes or so, though this is most certainly a case of the journey being the destination, and in this instance the journey is something akin to a trip down memory lane after suffering from a mild case of amnesia that leaves the viewer forgetting how groundbreakingly good things were at their best, and how embarrassingly God-awful they were at their worst.

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Starz / Anchor Bay
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Special Features

An Investigation: an in-depth look at Righteous Kill; Audio commentary with producer/director Jon Avnet; The Thin Blue Line: an exploration of cops & criminals; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Turk
Al Pacino Rooster
Curtis Jackson Spider
Carla Gugino Karen Corelli
Donnie Wahlberg Det. Ted Riley
Trilby Glover Jessica
Shirly Brener Natalya
Melissa Leo Cheryl Brooks
Oleg Taktarov Yevgeny Mugalat
Alan Rosenberg Stein
Alan Blumenfeld Martin Baum
Rob Dyrdek Rambo
Brian Dennehy Lt. Hingis
John Leguizamo Det. Simon Perez
Saidah Aprika Gwen Darvis
Sterling K. Brown Rogers
Barry Primus Prosky
Frank John Hughes Charles Randall
Terry Serpico Jon Van Luytens
Liza Colon-Zayas Judge Angel-Rodriguez
Malachy McCourt Father Connell
Ajay Naidu Doctor Chadrabar
Charles F. Krichman umpire

Technical Credits
Jon Avnet Director,Producer
Rob Cowan Producer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Randall Emmett Producer
George Furla Executive Producer
Tracey Gallacher Production Designer
Russell Gewirtz Screenwriter
Lati Grobman Producer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Nancy Klopper Casting
Denis Lenoir Cinematographer
Avi Lerner Producer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexandra Milchan Producer
Ashley Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Linda Montanti Asst. Director
Marsha Oglesby Co-producer
Mathew Price Sound Mixer
Daniel M. Rosenberg Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Christy Wilson Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Righteous Kill
1. Main Titles [3:27]
2. Unacceptable Acquittal [3:23]
3. Club 404 of Harlem [3:15]
4. Skateboard Pimp [3:46]
5. Not Your Average Rat [6:45]
6. "Everybody Respects the Gun" [5:49]
7. The Infield Fly Rule [5:03]
8. In Cold Blood [6:27]
9. Psychology of the Shield [3:58]
10. Martin Baum [6:23]
11. So Many Alter Boys [6:41]
12. The One Percent [5:51]
13. "Who I Was and Where I Stood" [4:16]
14. Suspicions [3:34]
15. Yevgeny Mugalat [3:29]
16. The Unforgivable [:23]
17. Searching for Answers [2:49]
18. A Loss of Faith [5:06]
19. A Brother in Arms [6:20]
20. End Credits [9:02]


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Righteous Kill 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
two of my favorite actors, together again. i really enjoyed the plot twists, it kept me alert.
moviewatcher More than 1 year ago
De Niro and Pacino, you know it is going to be good. As a person who watches movies over and over again along with purchasing movies to add to my collection, this is a definite addition. These two actors are like Lemmon and Matthau, except instead of a comedy team, they are a action, suspense team. If movies like No Way Out, Usual Suspects are what you enjoy, you need to add this to your collection.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
The trail of good cop/bad cop films grows longer as does the fascination with Serial Killers (witness the success of the excellent television series DEXTER where killing of 'people who deserve to die' is condoned). RIGHTEOUS KILL is a good story with problems: the script is wrinkled with aphorisms, the direction allows the dialogue to overlap so often that subtitles are required to keep the viewer alert as to what is happening, and the music score too often drowns out what could be heard of the actors' voices. But at the core of this much-maligned film is a tour de force for two aging actors (actually three) in Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Brian Dennehy. Jon Avnet works with crusty lighting effects and photography to create a sense of tired, aging, worn out detectives who show us a side of law enforcement we'd rather not see.

Turk (Robert De Niro) is seen in the opening in a videotaped monologue about how he came to kill 14 people while in the line of duty. His partner is Rooster (Al Pacino) and the two of them run their mode of law enforcement in their own style: even their boss Lieutenant Higgis (Brian Dennehy) gives them free reign. An event occurs which triggers the concept of a serial killer whose murders of 'worthless street trash' victims who are tied to crimes for which they escape punishment. Turk's fellow detective (an S&M girlfriend) Karen (Carla Gugino) becomes suspicious as do young detectives Perez (Leguizamo) and Riley (Donnie Wahlberg) - the idea of the perpetrator being a cop drives the 'honest cops' to extremes. The twist at the ending could have had more impact with a better script (the work of Russell Gewirtz), but the interplay between De Niro and Pacino makes the entire film and ending well worth watching.

Great movie? No, but given the flaws and the overexposure of the theme the 'old guys' carry it off and provide a riveting, fast paced film worth the attention of more viewers. Grady Harp
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
Deniro and Pacino are so darn good, you could watch them read a phone directory. With fellow heavyweight Brian Dennehy, and Mesrs. Wahlberg and Leguizamo the cast is first class. Mr Jackson, aka 50 Cent, is quite good as a thug club owner; as is Miss Gugino, who has her own issues in the film. There is an underlying mysoginistic tone that most will find distasteful, however I don't believe it is gratuitous. Visually, the film is very well directed; the plot is solid, though not extraordinary. The Deniro-Pacino-Dennehy dialouge is more than enough to recommend Righteous Kill.
fabes More than 1 year ago
it was just the kind of movie my husband likes. A lot of action and kept you intrigued the entire movie. We definitely loved the surprise ending. I think the main actors did a great job.
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AlexsFace More than 1 year ago
"Righteous Kill" is a very well-preformed movie that is acted to an fairly written script (the credit goes to writer Russell Gewirtz. Writer of the 2006 bank heist movie, "Inside Man"). Throughout the movie the main actors of the film Mr. Pacino and Mr. DeNiro are referred to as Rooster and Turk (for a specific reason, that would be best for me to keep hidden). They are two partners that are the best in the PD and they are sent to hunt down a serial killer that is suspected to be a cop.

"Kill" is well-acted, has potential but in some aspects fails to use it but, you just don't know what it needs. What is a disappointment is Mr. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, personally Mr. Jackson should have not have been casted for this film. I think Jackson was good in the 2005 hit "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" but, otherwise there was something missing from his role. Maybe it's the lack of time he actually has on film in this movie (which is about only eight simple minutes). Mr. "Cent" doesn't really contribute much in this film. The top best roles in this film was Mr. DeNiro and John Leguizamo who also plays a cop. In other words this was good movie with a few holes but, it is worth the money you by it for. A good 3 out of 5 stars.

By the way to tell you, you will figure out why they called the movie "Righteous Kill," at the end of the movie; and you will realize they could have though of a better name.
Bryan_Cassiday_author More than 1 year ago
Lambasted by the critics, "Righteous Kill" is actually a good movie with a clever story. Granted, I figured out who the real killer is early on, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this is a suspenseful cop thriller.

Perhaps the critics savaged "Righteous Kill" because of its politically incorrect dialogue, specifically in regards to women. In any case, it doesn't matter. What matters is this movie has an interesting story, top-notch actors in Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, and hard-hitting action. I give it three and a half stars.

--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"