What Doesnt Kill You (2008)

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  • IMDb page: What Doesnt Kill You (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 6,362 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 10 September 2009 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Director: Brian Goodman
  • Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Brian Goodman
  • Original Music By: Alex Wurman   
  • Soundtrack: Buzzard Luck
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Friendship | Boston Massachusetts | Robbery | Crack Cocaine | Man Dressed As Woman

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Brian Goodman  writer
  • Paul T. Murray  writer
  • Donnie Wahlberg  writer

Known Trivia

  • The movie is based on Brian Goodman’s own life up to the mid 1990s.

Goofs: Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the scene where they were scoping out the armored truck, they start the car to follow it. However, we can see the car start rolling forward before we hear the ignition is turned and put in gear.

Plot: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. Full summary » |  »

Story: An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Marc Frydman known as producer
  • William J. Immerman known as executive producer
  • Rod Lurie known as producer
  • Peter R. McIntosh known as executive producer
  • Bob Yari known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mark Ruffalo known as Brian Reilly
  • Ethan Hawke known as Paulie McDougan
  • Amanda Peet known as Stacy Reilly
  • Will Lyman known as Sully
  • Brian Goodman known as Pat Kelly
  • Donnie Wahlberg known as Detective Moran
  • Angela Featherstone known as Katie
  • Edward Lynch known as Jackie
  • Michael Yebba known as Roundman / Old Lady
  • Brian Connolly known as Sean
  • Nathaniel Smyth known as Mark (5 Years Old)
  • Oscar Wahlberg known as Mark (10 Years Old)
  • Thomas Regan known as Young Paulie
  • Jean-Pierre Serret known as Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
  • George Khoury known as Delivery Man
  • Holly Karrol Clark known as Waitress / Kim
  • Leif Riddell known as Off Duty Officer
  • Lenny Clarke known as Hogie
  • Jay Giannone known as Matt (as John Robert Giannone)
  • Michael Balcanoff known as Marius
  • Rick Lane known as Gunther – Poodle Napper (as Richard Lane Jr.)
  • John Fiore known as Creep / Murder Victim
  • Joseph Bavis known as Polack
  • Katelyn Cahill known as Young Stacy
  • Rich Skinner known as Chappy (as Richard Skinner)
  • Dennis Lynch known as Carpet Store Driver
  • Michael Testone known as Anthony
  • T. Sean Ferguson known as Alcoholic Speaker #1
  • Brienne De Beau known as Lisa / Waitress
  • Richard Italiano known as Tommy (as Richard Italiano Jr.)
  • Will Le Bow known as Burt – Jeweler (as Will Lebow)
  • Danny Naten known as Callahan / Guard
  • Bo Cleary known as Steroid Geek #1
  • Kevin McCormick known as Steroid Geek #2
  • Dylan Kelley known as Steroid Geek #3
  • Lindsey McKeon known as Nicole
  • Bates Wilder known as Doctor
  • Jack Ordway known as Ronnie Dents
  • Kelly Holleman known as Kathleen / Nurse
  • Ryan Mahony known as Ray – Alcoholic Speaker (as Ryan Mahoney)
  • Kristen Mastroianni-Pascucci known as Anchorwoman
  • Vic Clay known as Robert Stavos / Child Molester
  • Tom Kemp known as Captain Stover (as Thomas Kemp)
  • Robert Kelly known as Gas Man
  • Mark Goodman known as City Worker
  • Steve Sweeney known as Power Wash Jerry
  • Brian Scannell known as Eddie
  • Thomas Olson known as Richie the Slob
  • Mandy Olsen known as Patty – Sidewalk Café Worker
  • Ally Flaherty known as Café Patron
  • Christopher Connolly known as Mo / Bartender
  • Barry Ace known as Prison Inmate (uncredited)
  • Ellen Becker-Gray known as Participant in AA Meeting (uncredited)
  • Chemi Che-Mponda known as Prison Visitor (uncredited)
  • Desiree April Connolly known as Teacher / Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Sean Patrick Doherty known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Keith Fluker known as Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Rick Fuller known as (uncredited)
  • David J. Garfield known as Street Thug (uncredited)
  • Susan Garibotto known as Paulie's Mother (uncredited)
  • Patrick Mel Hayes known as Irish Thug / Prison Inmate (uncredited)
  • Haytham Kandil known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Dan Marshall known as AA Meeting Member (uncredited)
  • Martin Montana known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Ed O'Keefe known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Chris Palermo known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Vyvian B. Stevens known as Upscale restaurant guest (uncredited)
  • Donald Warnock known as Jimmy – Loudmouth Bar Patron (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Peggy Nicholson known as head of hair department
  • Emma C. Rotondi known as key hair stylist
  • Trish Seeney known as makeup department head
  • L. Sher Williams known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Audra Avery known as on-set dresser
  • Adam D. Bouchard known as set dresser
  • Andréa Ciraldo known as set dresser
  • Jaima Fogg known as assistant property master
  • Vanessa Knoll known as assistant decorator
  • Dave Major known as picture car coordinator
  • Luke Malloy known as set dresser
  • Matthew Mozzone known as art department pa
  • Tim Payson known as property master
  • Kurt Smith known as construction coordinator
  • Cleo Wang known as art department coordinator


Production Companies:

  • Battleplan Productions
  • Yari Film Group Releasing

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  lenses and cameras (as ARRI CSC)
  • Bank of Ireland  production financing provided by
  • Cinema Mechanics  grip and lighting equipment
  • Cleared By Ashley  script clearances
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany
  • Encore Hollywood  dailies telecine
  • Encore Hollywood  digital intermediate
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • LoopEase  loop group
  • MS-Pro/MusicSupervisor.com  post-production (music services)
  • Sonart Productions  score mixing
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility (as Soundtrack Boston)
  • Widget Post Production  post-production sound services
  • Yari Music Group Records  soundtrack


  • Yari Film Group Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Prisvídeo – Edições Videográficas (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Swen Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Encore Hollywood

Visual Effects by:

  • Jaime Fortuno-Lavin known as Inferno artist
  • Mitch Gates known as CG supervisor: Encore Hollywood
  • Tim Jacobsen known as visual effects producer
  • Bob Minshall known as Inferno artist

Release Date:

  • Canada 10 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • USA 12 December 2008 (limited)
  • Canada 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 10 September 2009
  • Germany 18 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 25 July 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Israel 30 December 2010

MPAA: Rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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