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The Drop is a 2014 crime film directed by Michaël R. Roskam and starring James Gandolfini (in his final role before his death), Tom Hardy, and Noomi Rapace.

"Cousin Marv" and Bob (James and Tom respectively) work at a bar Cousin Marv used to own, until he lost it to Chechen mobsters. Their bar is occasionally the drop bar for a given night's mob money. Their lives become complicated when they get robbed, and the Chechens suspect they might be working with the thieves. To add to their woes, Bob finds and rescues a beaten dog thrown into a woman's dumpster. Bob befriends Nadia (Noomi) in the process, only for the dog's former owner, a drug-addled psychopath who claims to have murdered a friend of theirs in the past, to come into the picture.

This film is the last one that James Gandolfini acted in, having died of heart complications the same year. It was well-received, and currently holds 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes.


Has nothing to do with the freeware Roguelike that has the same name and is the sequel to The Reconstruction.

The film provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The film is based on Dennis Lehane's short story 'Animal Rescue', but adds several new plot details, such as the robbery near the start, police investigation, and Marv's death.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The dog is called Cassius in the short story, but Rocco in the film.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bob shuffles around slowly, has an awkward speech pattern, lacks understanding of some basic social cues, and seems to have trouble looking at people directly for very long (especially avoiding extended eye contact). Hardy has said that he played the character as having a mild form of autism.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Not only does Eric Deeds beat Rocco, he threatens to get the police to take him away from Bob since he's still the legal owner, and starve and beat him unless Bob pays $10,000.
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  • Batman Gambit: Marv's assassination scheme requires that his target initially resist getting into the car, close the trunk improperly, agree to get into the car, agree to close the trunk, and follow his directions to get directly behind the car.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Bob, who, though meek, rarely gets rattled. And when he's given reason to fear for those he loves? Watch out.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bob ends up with the bar to himself, and Eric will never bother Nadia again, but Cousin Marv is dead and Detective Torres implies that he knows who really killed Richie and Eric.
  • Brick Joke: Eric steals Bob's umbrella even though it's a sunny day, saying, "You never know." In a following scene shortly thereafter, it's raining.
  • Cement Shoes: To get rid of a severed arm someone left in a bag, Bob wraps and weighs it down and throws it in the river.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: There's a lot of swearing in the film.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bob is a sweet, meek, mild man. He is also an ice-cold killer when he has to be, and is a far faster draw than Eric Deeds…
  • Cuteness Proximity: Bob goes practically gooey during his scenes with Rocco. A bit of Reality Subtext there, as Tom Hardy is a dog lover who adored the puppy, played with it constantly during filming, and even convinced the crew to let him take it home with him at night.
  • Karmic Thief: Cousin Marv thought he was this since the stolen money was from mob business.
  • Hidden Depths: Bob. The reason he never takes communion? He still feels guilty over murdering the guy "Glory Days".
  • Insistent Terminology: With hints of Distracting Disambiguation. Cousin Marv calls them Chechnyans, and Bob corrects that they're Chechens. Cousin Marv even uses this on another character later.
  • Kick the Dog: Literally. Eric Deeds beat Rocco and then dumped him into Nadia's garbage can.
  • Loan Shark: Cousin Marv used to be one.
  • The Mafiya: Chechen, but still.
  • Mugging the Monster: A rare case where this trope is used as The Reveal rather than an Establishing Character Moment: Eric Deeds tries to strongarm Bob, but Bob reveals that he's been an ice-cold killer this whole time.
  • Papa Bear: Bob to animals and Nadia. Near the end of the film:
    Nadia: You just… I mean, you just fucking shot him.
    Bob: Yes, I did. Absolutely. He was gonna hurt our dog.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I killed Richie Wheelan, alright?" "Sure you did." [bang]
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Bob gives one to Deeds, notably revealing that Deeds lied about killing Glory Days, and that Bob was the actual murderer. He tops it off with shooting him dead on the spot, drawing faster, and ranting at the corpse about how disrespectful he was to Nadia.
  • Recovered Addict: Nadia cleaned up after leaving a (drug) abusive boyfriend.
  • Retired Monster: As it turns out, Bob himself is one, having been a cold-blooded killer in the past.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: "The drop" is filled with mob money, so if you know where it is on any given day, you can make a lot of money, provided you're willing to accept the risk.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When someone refuses to get into Marv's car, he sarcastically asks if he thinks the trunk is lined with plastic. Later, Marv actually does line his trunk with plastic, though to kill a different person.
  • The Stoic: Bob. His reticence and unflappability are both noted several times.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: "Glory Days", Bob and Cousin Marv's dead friend, was one. To Cousin Marv. Bob killed him because Marv was also in debt from gambling, and Glory Days having won the lottery and paid his debts presented an opportunity.