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New 'Killing Them Softly' Poster Blandly Reminds You That Brad Pitt Stars In The Picture

by Edward Davis
August 23, 2012 4:35 PM
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Killing Them Softly, poster header

Ok, the creative marketing gurus over at The Weinstein Company were not working overtime when they created this new poster for "Killing Them Softly." Then again, maybe they were going for a much-less-is-more approach and making sure -- in case you were unaware -- that good ol' A-lister Brad Pitt stars.

Adapted from George V. Higgins novel "Cogan's Trade" and set in New Orleans, "Killing Them Softly" follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy ("Monsters"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom"), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor"), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard, among others.

Fortunately, the film is much more interesting and deep than its poster. Our A-grade review from Cannes called the film "brilliant and angry" and considering the creative talent behind it, that little nugget pretty much sells the rest of us sight unseen. Directed by Andrew Dominik (the thoroughly awesome "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford"), "Killing Them Softly" arrives in theaters on October 19th. Here's the stylish first trailer (which the next poster hopefully grabs some inspiration from) and you can read several parts of our interview with Andrew Dominik here. [HuffPo]

Killing Them Softly, poster
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  • DKSF | August 25, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    Yeah, that's right, Just what we need right now, 'how sexy the guns are'!
    After the Inglorious crapfest, I was ready to forgive the purtty boy only w/ Tree of Life, but now I am getting a second thought! :-P

  • andrew | August 25, 2012 1:37 PM


  • james | August 24, 2012 8:41 AMReply

    it's a cool poster. the only thing that's wrong with it is the title. should be 'cogan's trade'. 'killing them softly' isnt a movie title. it's awful.

  • Al | August 24, 2012 3:55 AMReply

    Wasn't the title of the other movie "Assassination...coward ROBERT Ford"? or you did the switching thing on purpose?!

  • Ghijath Naddaf | August 24, 2012 1:58 AMReply

    The Poster is brillant and John Ford was a great Director,not a Coward.

  • John | August 23, 2012 7:24 PMReply

    This is a great poster . . .

  • Mike | August 23, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    I say you're nuts. Or you don't have a good artistic eye.
    The poster's beautiful. The pic colors, the placement and lettering...
    It's all great. It looks exactly like a Dominik film feels.

  • Daniel | August 23, 2012 6:01 PMReply

    I have to admit i sort of like this in an late 70's Playboy magazine cigarette ad kind of way.

  • BEF | August 23, 2012 6:16 PM

    Exactly! This is an obvious 1970's homage. I'm ok with it.

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