Knockaround Guys

October 11th, 2002


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The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.0/10 (13,425 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Director: Brian Koppelman

Stars: Jennifer Baxter, Dennis Hopper, Vin Diesel

The four sons (Diesel, Green, Pepper, Davoli) of major Brooklyn mobsters have to team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. Specifically, the story gets started when Matt Demaret (Pepper) goes on a job to deliver the money for his mob father (Hopper) on the advice of his uncle (Malkovich). Things don't go as planned though...

Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Barry Pepper - Matty Demaret
Andy Davoli - Chris Scarpa (as Andrew Davoli)
Seth Green - Johnny Marbles
Vin Diesel - Taylor Reese
John Malkovich - Teddy Deserve
Arthur J. Nascarella - Billy Clueless (as Arthur Nascarella)
Tom Noonan - Sheriff Decker
Nicholas Pasco - Freddy the Watch
Shawn Doyle - Deputy Ward
Kevin Gage - Brucker
Dennis Hopper - Benny Chains
Andrew Francis - Matty at 13
John Liddle - Heslep the Barkeep
Kris Lemche - Decker
Dov Tiefenbach - Teeze

Taglines: If they don't finish the job, their fathers will finish them


Official Website: New Line |

Release Date: 11 October 2002

Filming Locations: Alberta, Canada

Opening Weekend: €154,500 (Spain) (21 April 2002) (153 Screens)

Gross: $11,632,420 (USA) (10 November 2002)

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Did You Know?

Three actors in the film have played Tom Ripley, the character introduced by Patricia Highsmith in her 1955 novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Dennis Hopper played Ripley in The American Friend, John Malkovich played Ripley in Ripley's Game, and Barry Pepper played Ripley in Ripley Under Ground. Ripley has also been played by Alain Delon in Purple Noon and 'Matt Damon' in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Teddy tosses young Matty a dime and tells him to make a call. Local Payphone calls were 25 cents in 1987.

Taylor: 500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.

User Review

Can A Mafia Story Be Funny? Yes

Rating: 7/10

This is another of those films I thought was great the first time, so-so on the second. Overall, it got high marks - at least on the first viewing - because it's an entertaining film that doesn't overstay its welcome at 92 minutes.

Four young guys get involved in their first Mafia-type adventure. One is asked to do a simple job of picking up a bag of money out west and bringing it back home to Brooklyn. However, troubles ensue big-time when the bag is stolen at the little airport out West. His three friends have to come out and help him get the money back and all kinds of problems develop.

There is some black humor in here which helps spice up the film, which then turns very serious about halfway through with a few shocking twists near the end.

There are two famous veteran actors in here - Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich - and four young ones who becoming better known these days as well: Seth Green, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper and Andrew Davoli.

The only problem I had with the movie is Pepper, who played Roger Maris, the famous baseball player in the film '61." He looks so much like Maris that I can't believe him as anyone else! To us baseball fans, Pepper will always be Maris and nobody else.