Friday, May 24, 2013


Michael Shannon: film lab employee Richard “Richie” Kuklinski
Winona Ryder: Deborah
Ray Liotta: Mafia associate Roy DeMeo
Chris Evans: Mafia hitman Robert “Mr. Freezy” Pronge
David Schwimmer: Roy’s most trusted henchman Josh Rosenthal
James Franco: small-time hustler Marty Freeman
Stephen Dorff: Richie’s younger brother Joseph

Having read the book this film based on the true story of Richie has several shortcomings:
  • The absence of any background information about his earlier life provides no insight as to what made him tick
  • No mention is made of the physical abuse his girlfriend (later his wife) had to endure: in fact he is portrayed as the perfect husband
  • DeMeo’s relationship with the Gambino crime family is poorly defined
  • Little or no attempt is made to clarify who most of the other characters are and why they have to be “eliminated”
The highlight of the film for me was the incredible performance of Shannon; I’m sure he nailed it.

 for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content.

When Richie gets out of the Cadillac to speak to the homeless man, the car is parked on the right hand side of the street but when he returns it has magically moved to the other side.

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