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Plot: 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... Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 10 Oct 2001
I loved this movie, Barry Pepper shines in his brightest glory, he suits this character so well. There is a style in this movie that only Pepper brings, the class charisma charm and straight out appeal. Diesel brings the muscle. All out I loved the story line. The cast was amazing. I will watch this movie quite often now. Barry Pepper should get more roles just as good if not better than this 1.
A pretty good movie, but don't be fooled, this is not an action movie like IMDb and other websites say. (by oldman007)
I had some money and went down to the Video Hire place just don the road. I was n the mood for action, so I went into the action section. I saw "Knockaround Guys" in the action section so I hired it. I went home to find myself putting it on. I noticed that Vin Diesel was in it too. I'm not really a fan on Vin Diesel. I don't "hate" him, just don't care for him or find him "cool." I did like the rest of the cast. Barry pepper, Seth Green I did it mainly for him , Dennis Hopper and John Malcovich. I finished watching the movie and I must say I was <more>
pretty impressed. I loved the story. It's about these Mafia guys that are trying to impress Dennis Hopper by giving him a bag of money. only problem is he bag gets lost thanks to Seth Green and they set out on an adventure to find it. I loved the cast. Barry Pepper, Seth Green, Dennis Hopper, John Malcovich and Dare I say it Vin Diesel. I usually don't find Vin Diesel all that good, but in this movie he did pretty good. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't "great", but "good." He just didn't try too hard to be cool or anything. He just suited his role. And that's coming from someone who 99% of the time dislikes him. For a low budget movie t had a great cast and put together a very good story. So this low budget movie did well. The only thing that really disappointed me was the action. What action lol? In my video shop it was in the action section and every website I go to says it's action. I've looked everywhere for reviews where maybe complained about it having no action. It didn't seem to worry anybody. It kind of worried me ab it, because it looked so good.There was one scene, however, when Vin Diesel bashes the guy n the pub. That Sen is action, but it's the only bit I know of. The pacing in this movie got slow at times, but apart from that, pretty good. if this movie had action like The Rock movies or anything like that it would have really been a terrific movie. Overall still good, but could've been better. 7/10
I really liked it, and it was a surprise! (by Geff)
I liked it, and it was truly a surprise. I checked all the comments on IMDB.com before choosing to see it despite the bad press. I really liked it and it made my day. The only thing that hurt was John Malkavich playing a mobster because he sounded so gay lisping his way through. Too bad they didn't get someone who sounds like a Tony Soprano character to play the part. Then it would have been even better. I really liked it.
Watch this movie! (by Mona0208)
This movie was very good and entertaining. The actors did a great job with their characters. I thought Barry Pepper was great as the protagonist of the film and his friends in the movie Vin Diesel, Seth Green, and Andrew Davoli also did a great job. I don't think the accents of Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich were bad, they portrayed being "mafia bosses" very well.There was action when there was suppose to be action and there was comedy when there was suppose to be comedy. The story unfolds to show real friendship. You have to watch this movie, it was great. I gave it a 9.
AN AWESOME LITTLE CRIME DRAMA/THRILLER THAT IS THOUGHTFUL & VERY WELL ACTED, BARRY PEPPER IS EXCELLENT. (by lukem-52760)
I've been a huge fan of this Awesome little well made crime drama-Thriller from way back in 2001 when i bought it on video in HMV!!! I grabbed this video right away as I'm a massive "BARRY PEPPER" fan so had to check this out & was so surprised at how cool this little flick was. Barry Pepper is a brilliant actor but is so underrated & underused, but he always gives BRILLIANT performances in every movie he appears in & instantly makes the movie better by his presence. "Knockaround guys" is a fun little low-key crime thriller about a bag of money going <more>
missing & crime bosses wanting it back so a group of four young hoods try to get it back & things go wrong. "Vin diesel" is in my opinion the best he's ever been as a very tough wannabe gangster who is the best friend of pepper's character Matty & the other actors like "seth green" & "Hopper" & "Malcovich" are all great but it's Barry Pepper who is the main guy & lead here even if it's really an ensemble Piece but pepper gives a powerful performance as a troubled young hood who really doesn't want to be a gangster he wants a normal job & out of that life & away from his mob boss father's shadow Hopper & pepper is very serious, intense & shows he's one of the best actors out there & so underrated & under appreciated but hey I'm a huge fan of his work!!!This is a Crime drama/Thriller but there's still plenty of humorous moments, but when it gets serious it gets dark just how a crime film should & it doesn't go too funny or silly like "Reservoir dogs" did yes i love it but it has that similar tone of black comedy & then harsh seriousness. At The heart of this crime tale is the loyal friendship between best buds "Taylor" & "Matty" Diesel & Pepper , these two are such nice guys really, who just happened to grow up deep in the "Gangster" world but have always remained loyal to each other & that's a nice thing to see amongst all the double crossing & darkness of their world. "knockaround guys" was made on a nice budget it's not a cheap B-movie but it became one when it got shelved for a few years until "Vin diesel" became a big action star & "Barry Pepper" rised alot more but even then it came straight to video but it has that vintage feel of a "cult classic" & it TOTALLY is in my opinion. Knockaround guys is a special little film to me & one of my most watched films of all time!!! It's in my all time top 20 films!!!Knockaround guys is a little gem that came out in the later part of the Tarantino style crime wave by that i mean Crime/Gangster films with dark humour & a tale of small time hoods, & there was loads coming out off of the success of "Reservoir dogs" "Pulp fiction" & "Jackie Brown" so knockaround guys fits in there very well but still stands strong as a very entertaining small scale Crime Thriller & yes with that black comedy tossed in like they all seemed to do at that time, i actually like Knockaround guys just as much & if not more than those "Tarantino" films, there's something simple & comfortable about this crime Thriller & it's not over stuffed with long talking scenes or massive bits of dialogue, it's easy watching & has a nice simple story, a solid cast & a good heart behind it.So don't get me wrong Knockaround guys isn't just a "Dogs/Fiction" rip off but i do think it got green lit to be made because of that "Tarantino" crime wave at that time, it helped i think & probably also because of films like "Carlito's Way" "Casino" & "Things to do in Denver when your Dead" all gangster films of the 90's among lots of others.I totally recommend this cool crime thriller that packs plenty of drama,action & a powerful punch!!! This is still my favourite performance by the excellent Barry Pepper,his Matty character feels lost & he looks hurt & troubled throughout the movie, it's a really well done low-key performance & says alot with his emotional looking eyes!!! A slick looking kinda B-movie Crime Thriller but made with a few notches up from the usual straight to video B-movies.
It's easy to understand the attraction the mafia does on modern filmmakers' imagination.The representation of that kind of life represents how society hates that.Since the movies were young that kind of life has been portrayed at both sights,like villains or the anti-heroes.But a lot of movies about that make a glamorization of that sad sight of the human existence.So,it's very weird to see the cruelty and consequences of that activity with honesty and on a realistic mode.Knockround guys has a glamorization about that kind of life but it shows honesty,realism and a face very <more>
little seen about that kind of life.When Hollywood's big studios try to tell a story like the one which has Knockround guys,it's common to see how the story finishes on a second sight to take importance the famous actors or director that are the opposite the story requires.We have seen that on films like Casino,which are multimillionaire inversions,but they feel very shallow because of Hollywood's intervention.The best movies of that genre are the independent ones.So,Knockround guys is next to other great films of that genre like The yards,The usual suspects or Reservoir dogs,which their low budgets are better used to tell that kind of stories than the multimillionaire inversions the big studios do.Knockround guys is a great movie,totally fun.Barry Pepper is great on his role and he gives humanity to his character.Seth Green is an awesome actor and he does a superb performance here.Vin Diesel makes a great and very controlled performance and I think this is his best performance.Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich are unforgettable.Hopper has an excellent performance and he brings the movie's best dialogs.Malkovich makes his character very realistic.Knockround guys is a great and very fun film.I had a great time watching it.
It's getting harder and harder to find a good mob movie these days. Everyone loves the Sopranos, I've heard it over and over though I have not had the good fortune to see it myself, as of yet. However, Sopranos or no, I think this movie deserves better recognition.There was real chemistry with this cast. There is no denying John Malkovich on screen sorry if I spelled that wrong , but the most surprising performance, for me, was in Vin Diesel.Yes, I've seen XXX and Fast and the Furious. I confess, I even own them. So sue me. I know the scripts he gets and the lines he throws <more>
out. But something about Diesel's presence more than his actions in this movie convinced me more than anyone else. He was charismatic, loyal, a believable streetfighter. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat just hoping Taylor Diesel would survive!Not the best movie ever to come out, but not something to be rejected either. If your in the mood for a good movie on "The Life," rent The Knockaround Guys. It's a satisfying ride. My rating: 7 1/2 stars.
pleasantly surprised at this movie! we showed up at the theater and it was the next one showing....so we went on in. I thought it was great. Love Vin Diesel in this movie. John Malkovich is perfectly eery. Seth Green plays his role to a tee.
slow to start, but I still enjoyed it (by morningkeith)
This movie reminds me of one of those frustrating campfires that you spend an entire book of matches on. You can coax it to light and burn for a little bit, but it never quite leaps into flame. Argh! Likewise, this movie has lots of good pieces - with actors and characters who I quite enjoyed personally, unlike some others here - yet the story never quite gets airborn. Darn. It's like the couldn't decide whether to make it funny or serious, so they made it both...and neither. Several times I felt on the edge of laughter, yet I couldn't quite laugh. Other times I thought, gee I <more>
should feel really moved by this, but...argh! Frustrating, like a bowler who needs all three balls to knock down the pins instead of throwing strikes.So how could you improve it? My main suggestion is, make it funnier. You've got four guys in a terrible situation, so play it up. Don't be so serious all the time; it saps the energy from the really serious parts. That was one of Pulp Fiction's strengths: really funny, but really deadly too. This movie could have been closer to that.That said, I loved the characters especially our charming head basher, Vin Diesel , and the chemistry between them. I believed their friendships and family ties. John Malkovich comes across as an educated yet deadly man. I wouldn't trust him with my kitchen cutlery. Yeah, it could have been better. But thanks guys, if you ever read this. I enjoyed it anyway.