Righteous Kill

September 12th, 2008


Righteous Kill

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

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.0/10 (46,316 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Jon Avnet

Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino

Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives who have been longtime partners are faced with a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the pairs of partners is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective.

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

Taglines: The most acclaimed actors of our time in the film event of the year.


Official Website: Lionsgate [uk] | Metropolitan Films [France] |

Release Date: 12 September 2008

Filming Locations: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,288,361 (USA) (14 September 2008) (3152 Screens)

Gross: $40,076,438 (USA) (14 December 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the first movie where Al Pacino and Robert De Niro starred together, The Godfather: Part II, they both played gangsters. In their second movie Heat, Pacino was a cop, and DeNiro was a gangster. In this, their third movie together, they are both cops. This is also the first movie where they have extended interaction. They never shared a scene in The Godfather: Part II and in Heat they only had two scenes.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: After they handcuff Spider to the vault door, Rooster puts his gun in his face, and you hear the gun cock. He's holding a Glock, which has an internal hammer, and can only be cocked by pulling back the slide.

Rooster: So long, Tom.
Turk: Where are you going?
Rooster: I dunno. To hell, I suppose.

User Review

Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, actors of the most classic and memorable films now do a mediocre thriller

Rating: 6/10

Righteous Kill is one of those films that a lot of people have just been looking forward too because it has two of the greatest actors of our generation, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. I must add how I love in a lot of the TV ad's they're saying this is their first film together, true, it's the first time they are real co-stars together, but they've had two films already. Anyways, back onto the film, Robert and Al are both incredible actors, we know that, Robert is actually my favorite actor, so naturally I was looking forward to seeing this movie, I hate to say this, oh, man, I hate to say this, but this film was an utter disappointment. I'm not saying this was a bad movie, but this was a sad and very predictable thriller that could have been done with more average actors, Al and Robert are above this script and don't pull in their best performances due to that. The story is very mediocre compared to some of these terrific actors who looked so bored throughout the move.

Turk and Rooster are partners on the police force, having experienced over 30 years of constant bad guys going free, seeing the innocent's blood shed, and all the injustice in the world, they've almost lost it. Suddenly, there are murders involving the criminals they have arrested, along with younger officers, they try to figure out what is going on, but when one of the cops brings up that it might be a vigilante situation, Turk and Rooster are hesitant. Maybe they're hiding some secrets of their own.

Righteous Kill, don't get me wrong, it's worth the look, especially to see these cinematic legends on screen together, but like I said, for the script they were given, this was way too average and they are above it. I even hate to say it, this was very predictable if you've seen a lot of these thriller movies of today. Not to mention, I think Al Pacino, this must have been his third movie where he has worn that same leather jacket, I mean is it just me, or does anyone else notice this? Over all, it's not a bad movie, but it could have just been done with average actors, instead of all the hype that has been around it because of the actors. Just don't be fooled, it's a typical thriller, nothing special, I suggest waiting for the rental.



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