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7th Nov '15 2:27:21 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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Holds the distinction of being the penultimate Hollywood film released on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]].
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Holds the distinction of being the penultimate Hollywood film released on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]]. VHS]]. Contrary to what some sources say, it actually wasn't the last--that honor actually goes to a Disney Movie Club VHS issue of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
7th Nov '15 2:13:18 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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Holds the distinction of being the last Hollywood film released on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]].
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Holds the distinction of being the last penultimate Hollywood film released on [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]].
4th Aug '15 11:41:36 PM Manw0name
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Fact correction
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: All the mobsters are dead, but Tom/Joey has alienated his son and his wife in the process, possibly irreversibly.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: All the mobsters are dead, but Tom/Joey has alienated his son and his wife in the process, possibly irreversibly. Still, it is implied that his family has decided to accept him for who he his, so there's hope.]]

* PyrrhicVictory: In the end, [[spoiler: Joey has taken out the mobsters threatening his family, but he's pushed away pretty much everything he ever cared about in order to do it.]]
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* PyrrhicVictory: In the end, [[spoiler: Joey has taken out RayOfHopeEnding: Tom manages to kill all the mobsters threatening mobsters, yet it's unknown whether he'll be able keep his family, but he's pushed away pretty much everything family together. Still, the small gestures they show of giving him some food when he ever cared about in order to do it.]]enters, rather than ignoring him indicate acceptance, so there's hope.]]
15th Jun '15 11:52:17 AM VenomLancerHae
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Useful Notes are not tropes.
* AmbiguousDisorder/ TheSociopath: Richie Cusack doesn't seem completely sane; he can have an odd speech pattern, had TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior as a child, and seems almost divorced from normal human emotions. Noticably [[spoiler: he has little reaction to ordering the death of his own brother just for some more respect, reacts with annoyance more than fear/horror at seeing his men being decimated by Joey in the same room, kills his own man for failing him while Joey is still in the building, and isn't particularly upset when Joey is about to execute him.]] * AmericanAccents: Tom, Edie, and the other characters from Millbrook all speak in stereotypical flat, midwestern accents; Carl, Richie, and the other mobsters speak in Philadelphia accents. ** When Tom [[spoiler: goes back to Philly to confront his past, he is met by one of the mob thugs. When he is asked if he is really Joey, Tom slips back into his old accent, completing and confirming his transition into Joey]]. ** Whilst Tom is in the hospital, [[spoiler: when he talks about Joey, his original accent briefly slips out.]]
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* AmbiguousDisorder/ TheSociopath: AmbiguousDisorder: Richie Cusack doesn't seem completely sane; he can have an odd speech pattern, had TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior as a child, and seems almost divorced from normal human emotions. Noticably [[spoiler: he has little reaction to ordering the death of his own brother just for some more respect, reacts with annoyance more than fear/horror at seeing his men being decimated by Joey in the same room, kills his own man for failing him while Joey is still in the building, and isn't particularly upset when Joey is about to execute him.]] * AmericanAccents: Tom, Edie, and the other characters from Millbrook all speak in stereotypical flat, midwestern accents; Carl, Richie, and the other mobsters speak in Philadelphia accents. ** When Tom [[spoiler: goes back to Philly to confront his past, he is met by one of the mob thugs. When he is asked if he is really Joey, Tom slips back into his old accent, completing and confirming his transition into Joey]]. ** Whilst Tom is in the hospital, [[spoiler: when he talks about Joey, his original accent briefly slips out.]]

* PragmaticAdaptation: The film is ''very'' different from the original comic. In the graphic novel, Tom McKenna [[spoiler: is really Joey Giuseppe, who went after the mob to get revenge for his friend and maintains the support of his family throughout]]. In the film, Tom Stall [[spoiler: is really Joey Cusack, a former enforcer who randomly snapped one day and has been on the run ever since]]. The changes shift the focus off of the action and onto the slow implosion of Tom's family.
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The film is ''very'' different from the original comic. In the graphic novel, Tom McKenna [=McKenna=] [[spoiler: is really Joey Giuseppe, who went after the mob to get revenge for his friend and maintains the support of his family throughout]]. In the film, Tom Stall [[spoiler: is really Joey Cusack, a former enforcer who randomly snapped one day and has been on the run ever since]]. The changes shift the focus off of the action and onto the slow implosion of Tom's family.

* RetiredBadass[=/=]RetiredMonster: Tom[=/=]Joey - maybe, or maybe not.
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* RetiredBadass[=/=]RetiredMonster: RetiredBadass: Tom[=/=]Joey - maybe, or maybe not.
12th May '15 1:20:26 PM Bioshock
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* AmbiguousDisorder/ TheSociopath: Richie Cusack doesn't seem completely sane; he can have an odd speech pattern, had TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior as a child, and seems almost divorced from normal human emotions. Noticably [[spoiler: he has little reaction to ordering the death of his own brother just for some more respect, reacts with annoyance more than fear/horror at seeing his men being decimated by Joey in the same room, kills his own man for failing him while Joey is still in the building, and isn't particularly upset when Joey is about to execute him.]]
27th Mar '15 4:34:05 AM Mknight
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* WireFu: Averted. Tom Stall is obviously extremely well-versed in HTH combat, but he sticks entirely to BoringButPractical moves. They're very bloody practical. Cronenberg bloody practical.
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* WireFu: Averted. Tom Stall is obviously extremely well-versed in HTH hand to hand combat, but he sticks entirely to BoringButPractical moves. They're very bloody practical. Cronenberg bloody practical.
30th Nov '14 12:24:26 PM Aiguille
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The movie co-stars Creator/EdHarris as Fogarty, Maria Bello as Tom's wife Edie, and Creator/WilliamHurt as Richie Cusack[[note]]Hurt had less than ten minutes of screentime, yet was still nominated for Best Supporting Actor[[/note]] (Fogarty's boss and Joey's brother). Also around are his son Jack (Ashton Holmes) and daughter Sarah (Heidi Hayes), as well as Sam Carney, the local sheriff (Peter [=MacNeill=]). An uncredited Stephen [=McHattie=] also appears in the early part of the film as one of the killers.
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The movie co-stars Creator/EdHarris as Fogarty, Maria Bello as Tom's wife Edie, and Creator/WilliamHurt as Richie Cusack[[note]]Hurt had less than ten minutes of screentime, yet was still nominated for Best Supporting Actor[[/note]] (Fogarty's boss and Joey's brother). Also around are his son Jack (Ashton Holmes) and daughter Sarah (Heidi Hayes), as well as Sam Carney, the local sheriff (Peter [=MacNeill=]). An uncredited Stephen [=McHattie=] Creator/StephenMcHattie also appears in the early part of the film as one of the killers.
3rd Sep '14 3:07:09 AM nelec
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The movie co-stars Ed Harris as Fogarty, Maria Bello as Tom's wife Edie, and Creator/WilliamHurt as Richie Cusack[[note]]Hurt had less than ten minutes of screentime, yet was still nominated for Best Supporting Actor[[/note]] (Fogarty's boss and Joey's brother). Also around are his son Jack (Ashton Holmes) and daughter Sarah (Heidi Hayes), as well as Sam Carney, the local sheriff (Peter [=MacNeill=]). An uncredited Stephen [=McHattie=] also appears in the early part of the film as one of the killers.
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The movie co-stars Ed Harris Creator/EdHarris as Fogarty, Maria Bello as Tom's wife Edie, and Creator/WilliamHurt as Richie Cusack[[note]]Hurt had less than ten minutes of screentime, yet was still nominated for Best Supporting Actor[[/note]] (Fogarty's boss and Joey's brother). Also around are his son Jack (Ashton Holmes) and daughter Sarah (Heidi Hayes), as well as Sam Carney, the local sheriff (Peter [=MacNeill=]). An uncredited Stephen [=McHattie=] also appears in the early part of the film as one of the killers.
15th Jul '14 6:51:31 AM KyleJacobs
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** They didn't call him "Crazy Joey" for no good reason.
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** They didn't call him "Crazy Fuckin' Joey" for no good reason.

** They didn't call him "Crazy Joey" * BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: All the mobsters are dead, but Tom/Joey has alienated his son and his wife in the process, possibly irreversibly.]] * BoringButPractical: Joey's fighting style consists entirely of simple but brutally effective crippling strikes. He has a particular fondness for no good reason.crushing windpipes.

* ContractOnTheHitman: The mob has one out on Joey, which makes life difficult for Tom.
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* ContractOnTheHitman: The mob has one out on Joey, which makes life difficult for Tom. It's not for [[HitmanWithAHeart the usual reasons]], though - [[spoiler: Joey attacked Fogerty, a made man, apparently without provocation and has been on the run ever since.]]

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Richie has this reaction to what Joey did to Fogerty, in addition to marring his reputation, he says it was disgusting.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Richie has this reaction to what Joey did to Fogerty, Fogerty; in addition to marring his reputation, he says it was disgusting.

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Richie has this reaction to what OneManArmy: Joey did to Fogerty, in addition to marring his reputation, he says it was disgusting.versus a house full of mobsters. They should have brought more mobsters.

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Richie has this reaction to what PragmaticAdaptation: The film is ''very'' different from the original comic. In the graphic novel, Tom McKenna [[spoiler: is really Joey did Giuseppe, who went after the mob to Fogerty, in addition to marring get revenge for his reputation, he says it was disgusting.friend and maintains the support of his family throughout]]. In the film, Tom Stall [[spoiler: is really Joey Cusack, a former enforcer who randomly snapped one day and has been on the run ever since]]. The changes shift the focus off of the action and onto the slow implosion of Tom's family.

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Richie has this reaction to what PsychoticSmirk: Tom sports one briefly after [[spoiler: Jack kills Fogarty]]. * PyrrhicVictory: In the end, [[spoiler: Joey did to Fogerty, in addition to marring has taken out the mobsters threatening his reputation, family, but he's pushed away pretty much everything he says it was disgusting.ever cared about in order to do it.]]

'''Edie:''' [[spoiler:Are you crazy? Is this, like, multiple personalities? What?]]
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'''Edie:''' [[spoiler:Are you crazy? Is this, like, multiple personalities? Are you like some multiple-personality schizoid? What?]]

* VomitIndiscretionShot: When [[spoiler: Tom says he used to be Joey,]] Edie responds by running into the bathroom and vomiting.
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* VomitIndiscretionShot: VomitDiscretionShot: When [[spoiler: Tom says he used to be Joey,]] Edie responds by running into the bathroom and vomiting.
6th Jul '14 11:27:19 AM MarkLungo
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Holds the distinction of being the last Hollywood film released on {{VHS}}.
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Holds the distinction of being the last Hollywood film released on {{VHS}}. [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]].

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