The Drop

The Drop

Michael R Roskam (2014)

15 Certificate


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Before his untimely death in the summer of 2013, James Gandolfini had already laid the ghost of iconic TV Mob boss Tony Soprano to rest with his final film: this off-kilter but characterful Brooklyn gangster story. Tom Hardy stars as bartender Bob Saginowski, a buttoned-up loner who works for his cousin Marv (Gandolfini) at his neighbourhood bar. The bar is Marv's in name only because after selling up to an Eastern European gang, Marv simply launders money for his new bosses, a position of weakness the old-school Italian-American finds hard to tolerate. A robbery then turns up the heat for the pair, as they are expected to find and replace the mobsters' missing cash. However, what threatens to become just another heist-gone-wrong drama soon goes in another direction, with Bob blundering into a dark love triangle with the enigmatic Nadia (Noomi Rapace) and the vicious Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts). The tone is uneven, and the ending a little queasy, but The Drop's unusual chemistry keeps the minimal plot ticking over nicely.


A Brooklyn bartender secretly provides a service delivering shipments of money to local gangsters. His criminal connections lead to his involvement in a robbery that goes disastrously wrong and digs up the long-buried secrets from his neighbourhood's past. Crime drama based on a short story by Dennis Lehane, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his final film role.

Cast & Crew

Bob Saginowski Tom Hardy
Nadia Noomi Rapace
Cousin Marv James Gandolfini
Eric Deeds Matthias Schoenaerts
Detective Torres John Ortiz (1)
Dottie Ann Dowd
Chovka Michael Aronov
Fitz James Frecheville
Detective Romsey Elizabeth Rodriguez
Director Michael R Roskam
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Nov 2014