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Brad Pitt Almost Says the Title ‘Killing Them Softly’ in Latest Clip

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Titles mean a lot, and it’s easy to understand why Andrew Dominik‘s genre thriller ‘Cogan’s Trade’ had its name changed to ‘Killing Them Softly.’ With violence implied from the title, it now sounds more like genre fare than a misspelled sequel to an old Clint Eastwood film. What we didn’t know was that star Brad Pitt nearly says the title in the film. And you can see if for yourself in this new clip.

Here we see Pitt with Richard Jenkins discussing killing a person, and how to go about it. This scene may have seemed smaller if the film stuck with its original title, but now it becomes a centerpiece of the movie – or at least its heart. Reviews out of Cannes (where it just premiered) have been mostly mixed, with some positives, but it’s also possible that the film will get some touch-ups before it hits theaters stateside come September 21.

Here’s the synopsis:

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team. Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.

And here’s the clip courtesy of IGN:

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