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A desperate Texas drug dealer plots to settle a sizable debt by killing his mother and collecting the insurance money, but gets into an even bigger mess after hiring a twisted police detective who moonlights as a killer-for-hire to get the job done. Chris (Emile Hirsch) is in serious trouble. He's just incurred a major debt to Digger Soames (Marc Macaulay), and when you're late paying Digger, you can wind up dead. His back against the wall, Chris comes to his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) with a sinister proposition: they'll hire a killer to get rid of Chris' mother (and Ansel's ex-wife), then collect the insurance money that will go to Chris' teenage sister Dottie (Juno Temple), a seraphic sleepwalker who seems to exist in a world all her own. Bringing Chris' temperamental stepmother Sharla (Gina Gershon) in on the hustle, the young deadbeat and his dimwitted father enlist the services of Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a local police detective whose authority and detailed knowledge of police procedures make him the perfect hired killer. But Joe doesn't come cheap, and when his fee proves bigger than expected, Chris and Ansel agree to let him have Dottie as a "retainer" until the insurance check clears. Just when it starts to look as if everything is going according to plan, however, an unexpected complication plunges the entire situation into total chaos. A lurid black comedy that goes to some very dark places, Killer Joe is the second collaboration between acclaimed director William Friedkin and playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts, who previously worked together on the 2006 psychological thriller Tracy Letts. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 2012


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Matthew McConaughey Best Male Lead 2012 Nominee


Matthew McConaughey
as "Killer" Joe Cooper
Emile Hirsch
as Chris Smith
Juno Temple
as Dottie Smith
Thomas Haden Church
as Ansel Smith
Gina Gershon
as Sharla Smith
Marc Macaulay
as Digger Soames
Carol Sutton
as Saleslady
Jeffrey Galpin
as Biker Thug


William Friedkin
Scott Einbinder
Nicolas Chartier
Tracy Letts
Play Author
Tracy Letts
Caleb Deschanel
Tyler Bates
Composer (Music Score)
Darrin Navarro
Franco-Giacomo Carbone
Production Designer
Eli Selden
Associate Producer
Molly Conners
Executive Producer
Vicki Cherkas
Executive Producer
Christopher Woodrow
Executive Producer
Peggy Schnitzer
Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Salven
First Assistant Director
Denise Chamian
Jeffrey Haupt
Sound Mixer
Krystal Kershaw
Key Make-up
Brook Yeaton
Properties Master
Guy Clayton
Special Effects Coordinator
Jamin O'Brien
Co-Executive Producer

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