Killer Joe
Movie Details

Killer Joe

August 10, 2012 | 1h 44m


Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Crime


William Friedkin


Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Marc Macaulay, Gralen Banks, Carol Sutton, Danny Epper, Jeff Galpin, Scott A Martin, Gregory C. Bachaud, Charley Vance


Nicolas Chartier, Scott Einbinder, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Vicki Cherkas, Zev Foreman, Roman Viaris de Lesegno, Patrick Newall, Jamin O'Brien, Laurence Freed, Doreen Wilcox-Little, Eli Selden


Tracy Letts


When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can't pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. A modern-day, twisted fairy tale, 'Killer Joe' Cooper is the prince to Dottie's Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection)


  • Gina Gershon Winner for the 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Performance, Female
  • Matthew McConaughey Nominee for the 2013 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead


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