Kill the Messenger (2014 film)

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Kill the Messenger
Kill the Messenger poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Produced by Jeremy Renner
Naomi Despres
Pamela Abdy
Scott Stuber
Written by Peter Landesman
Based on Kill the Messenger 
by Gary Webb and Nick Schou
Starring Jeremy Renner
Rosemarie DeWitt
Ray Liotta
Tim Blake Nelson
Barry Pepper
Oliver Platt
Michael Sheen
Michael K. Williams
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Andy García
Music by Nathan Johnson
Cinematography Sean Bobbitt
Bluegrass Films
The Combine
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10)
Running time 112 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[2]
Box office $2.4 million[1]

Kill the Messenger is an American drama thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman. It is based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book Dark Alliance by Gary Webb. The film stars Jeremy Renner (in his first film as a producer), Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paz Vega, Oliver Platt, Richard Schiff, and Michael K. Williams. The film was released on October 10, 2014.[3]



On March 5, 2014 Focus Features announced that the film would be released on October 10, 2014.[3]


Filming began on July 16, 2013 in the Georgia state locations like Atlanta Cobb County and Decatur.[4][5]


On March 31, 2014 Nathan Johnson was hired to compose the score for the film.[6] Back Lot Music would release a soundtrack album for the film on October 7, 2014.[7]


Kill the Messenger received a regional theatrical release on October 10, 2014.[3][8]


Kill the Messenger has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a "Certified Fresh" rating of 77%, based on 95 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Kill the Messenger's potent fury over the tale of its real-life subject overrides its factual inaccuracies and occasional narrative stumbles."[9] On Metacritic, the film currently has a rating of 60 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]


  1. ^ a b "Kill the Messenger (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
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  3. ^ a b c Cunningham, Todd (5 March 2014). "Jeremy Renner's ‘Kill the Messenger’ Gets Fall Release Date". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jeremy Renner movie, ‘Kill the Messenger’, filming in Decatur, GA". 16 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Kill The Messenger" films in east Cobb and downtown". 16 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nathan Johnson Scoring ‘Kill the Messenger’". March 31, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "‘Kill the Messenger’ Soundtrack Details". October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed "Kill the Messenger, Starring Jeremy Renner, is Coming in October". March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kill the Messenger". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kill the Messenger Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 

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