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Release Date: December 12th, 2008

DVD Release Date: April 28th, 2009

R|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Friends since childhood, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) do whatever it takes to survive in their hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood. Crime has always been part of their lives, and now they find themselves on the payroll of a hoodlum named Pat Kelly (Brian Goodman). While Brian sinks deeper into the criminal cesspool, Paulie plans one last heist, one that he hopes can pull them both out of their dead-end lives.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Will Lyman, Brian Goodman, Donnie Wahlberg, Lenny Clarke, Angela Featherstone

Director: Brian Goodman

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Bob Yari Productions, Battleplan Productions

Distributors: Yari Film Group

Keywords: Prison, Melodramatic, Love, Friendship, Wife, Temptation, Suspenseful, Quest, Escape, 2000s, Investigation

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  • This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along. show more

  • With Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke registering personal bests in the performance category as well as playing magnificently and ultraconvincingly off each other, What Doesn't Kill You, a true story that is powerful and completely riveting from beginning to end. show more

  • Like "The Departed" and "Gone Baby Gone," What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston. show more

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