Killer Joe (film)

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Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film directed by William Friedkin.wikipedia
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William Friedkin

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Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film directed by William Friedkin.
His other films include the pioneering queer drama The Boys in the Band (1970), the suspense thriller Sorcerer (1977), the controversial crime film Cruising (1980), the action thriller To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), the psychological horror film Bug (2006), and the dark comedy Killer Joe (2011).

Juno Temple

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.
A diverse character actress, Temple has appeared in films such as Killer Joe, Black Mass, The Other Boleyn Girl, Wild Child, Atonement, Maleficent, The Three Musketeers, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Tracy Letts

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The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1993 play of the same name.
Letts wrote the screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, and August: Osage County, directed by John Wells.

Killer Joe (play)

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The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1993 play of the same name. According to Justin Chang of Variety, "Killer Joe was Letts' first play, written more than a decade before his smash hit August: Osage County, and the text's sneer of condescension toward its panoply of trailer-trash caricatures has not entirely abated here," yet "the film doesn't belabor even its cheaper punchlines, and the fleet, kinetic visual style devised by d.p. Caleb Deschanel and editor Darrin Navarro emphasizes narrative momentum over cruel comedy. To be sure, Friedkin is clearly amused and appalled by his slovenly, foul-mouthed characters, with their off-the-charts levels of dysfunction and incompetence. But he directs them vigorously enough, pushing them past the realm of caricature to individuate themselves onscreen."
Letts adapted the dark comedy into the movie Killer Joe in 2011.

Gina Gershon

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.
She has had roles in the films Cocktail (1988), Showgirls (1995), Bound (1996), Face/Off (1997), The Insider (1999), Demonlover (2002), P.S. I Love You (2007), Five Minarets in New York (2010), Killer Joe (2011) and House of Versace (2013).

Matthew McConaughey

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.
He was acclaimed for his supporting performances in Bernie (2011) and Magic Mike (2012) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and for his leading roles in Killer Joe (2011) and Mud (2012).

Bug (2006 film)

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Friedkin and Letts had similarly collaborated on the 2006 film Bug.
Friedkin and Letts similarly collaborated on the 2011 film Killer Joe.

Emile Hirsch

The film stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.
He then starred in the box-office disappointment Killer Joe (2011).

Thomas Haden Church

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

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Killer Joe premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival before making its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where US distribution rights were acquired by LD Entertainment.

LD Entertainment

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Killer Joe premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival before making its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where US distribution rights were acquired by LD Entertainment. After an unsuccessful appeal, LD Entertainment announced plans to release the film uncut with the NC-17 on July 27, 2012.
Some of the films which LD Entertainment has distributed include; Killer Joe, a dark comedy by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey; Disconnect, starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard; the horror film The Collection by Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton; and Black Rock starring Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell and Katie Aselton.

2011 Toronto International Film Festival

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Killer Joe premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival before making its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where US distribution rights were acquired by LD Entertainment.

Nicolas Chartier

Killer Joe was Voltage’s second production, directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Worldview Entertainment

Worldview has produced films including Child 44, Birdman, Blood Ties, The Green Inferno, and Killer Joe.

Caleb Deschanel

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According to Justin Chang of Variety, "Killer Joe was Letts' first play, written more than a decade before his smash hit August: Osage County, and the text's sneer of condescension toward its panoply of trailer-trash caricatures has not entirely abated here," yet "the film doesn't belabor even its cheaper punchlines, and the fleet, kinetic visual style devised by d.p. Caleb Deschanel and editor Darrin Navarro emphasizes narrative momentum over cruel comedy. To be sure, Friedkin is clearly amused and appalled by his slovenly, foul-mouthed characters, with their off-the-charts levels of dysfunction and incompetence. But he directs them vigorously enough, pushing them past the realm of caricature to individuate themselves onscreen."

Tyler Bates

It was around 2007 that Bates began working regularly on big-budget, blockbuster films; including 300, Doomsday, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sucker Punch, and Conan the Barbarian. This did not, however, dissuade him from composing scores to smaller, independent films like The Way, Killer Joe, The Sacrament, and Flight 7500.

Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

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McConaughey received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.

Southern Gothic

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Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film directed by William Friedkin.

Black comedy

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Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film directed by William Friedkin.

Crime film

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Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film directed by William Friedkin.

West Dallas

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In West Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith comes to the house of his father Ansel and step-mother Sharla, after his mother, Adele, threw him out of her house.

Texas

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In West Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith comes to the house of his father Ansel and step-mother Sharla, after his mother, Adele, threw him out of her house.

Life insurance

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To make matters worse, Adele stole his cocaine money and spent it on fixing her car, and now Chris is desperate to pay off his debt to his dealer, Digger Soames, so he decides to murder his mother to collect the $50,000 life insurance of which his sister Dottie is the sole beneficiary.

Beneficiary

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To make matters worse, Adele stole his cocaine money and spent it on fixing her car, and now Chris is desperate to pay off his debt to his dealer, Digger Soames, so he decides to murder his mother to collect the $50,000 life insurance of which his sister Dottie is the sole beneficiary.