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|The Kill Point|
|Created by||James DeMonaco|
Joshua Elijah Reese
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Todd Lieberman|
|Production company(s)||Lionsgate Television|
|Original network||Spike TV|
|Original release||July 22 –|
August 26, 2007
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The Kill Point is an American television series that follows a group of U.S. Marines recently returned from serving in Iraq as they come together to pull off a major bank heist of a Three Rivers Bank branch in Pittsburgh. The series, produced by Mandeville Films and Lionsgate Television, is the first drama for the Spike TV network. The film of the series had the working title The Kill Pitt.
The Kill Point. The Kill Point is an American television series that follows a group of U.S. Marines recently returned from serving in Iraq as they come together to pull off a major bank heist of a Three Rivers Bank branch in Pittsburgh. The series, produced by Mandeville Films and Lionsgate Television, is the first drama for the Spike TV network. On The Kill Point itself, the series throws the viewer right into the bank job and the first episode is pretty frantic. In the style of 24 it tries to keep this up and some episodes do really well on it, but it does have frequent and clunky dips in pace that frustrate.
Most of the filming takes place in Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh while most of the sound stage filming takes place in a warehouse in Lawrenceville, a section of Pittsburgh.
Polanie 2 pl full. A small group of military veterans sets out to rob a major bank in Pittsburgh. When things go awry, they're forced to take more than a dozen hostages from all walks of life, including a wealthy and powerful businessman's daughter.
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Jake 'Mr. Wolf' Mendez (John Leguizamo), an ex-Sergeant in the Marine Corps and his men, all former members of the '10-13', a military platoon that participated in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, enter a bank and successfully rob it. On their way to the getaway car, they come under fire from some law enforcement and private security personnel. Forced to retreat back into the bank when their getaway driver is wounded and their vehicle is disabled, they make hostages of the customers who failed to escape during the firefight.
The eight episode mini-series follows the plight of the robbers and hostages as the police, led by hostage negotiator Captain Horst Cali (Donnie Wahlberg), attempt to end the stand off while elements of the '10-13' outside the bank and the father of one of the hostages (played by Tobin Bell) work to help Mr. Wolf and his team escape.
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- Captain Horst Cali (played by Donnie Wahlberg), an experienced police negotiator who has never had a hostage die in one of his operations. He is married and his wife is pregnant with their first child, a son.
- Lieutenant Connie Reubens (played by Michael Hyatt) is the SWAT Team commander. Like Mr. Wolf, she is an ex-soldier, who served in Afghanistan. She and Cali have a close relationship based on mutual trust. She wears a U.S. ArmyCombat Infantry Badge; however, this is a mistake on the part of the production crew. Female service members are not authorized to wear the Combat Infantry Badge, as only males are allowed to join Infantry units.
- Quincy (played by Michael K. Williams) is a SWAT sniper. He largely acts as an observer, commenting on the action unfolding below to his spotter 'Johnny-Boy', who says little. Like LT Reubens, Quincy wears a U.S. Army Combat Infantry Badge on his body armor, with two stars, denoting service in three separate wars.
- Hawk (played by Michael Hogan), another member of the SWAT team. Part of a three-man forward 'breach' team, he must deal with the death of one squad-mate and betrayal by another. Prominently wears the 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming Eagles' insignia on his helmet.
- Deputy Chief Nolan Abrami (Michael McGlone) is Captain Cali's superior and initially seems reluctant to fully trust Cali, though as the hostage situation drags on, Abrami's respect for Cali increases as the hostages are freed one by one.
- Alan Beck (Tobin Bell) is a wealthy real estate mogul and father of one of the hostages. Attempts to get his daughter out of the bank and then attempts to help Mr. Wolf and his gang escape.
- Mr. Wolf - real name: Sergeant Jake Mendez (played by John Leguizamo) is a veteran of the War in Iraq. He served 15 years in the United States Marine Corps, had three tours of duty during the war, and bears numerous scars covering his body from injuries sustained therein. He has a 16-year-old son who is a heroin addict; his wife died in 2006.
- Mr. Rabbit - real name: Corporal Henry Roman (played by Jeremy Davidson) loyal to Mr. Wolf, who views him as a coward because of an incident during a firefight in Iraq when Roman allegedly ran out of ammunition. The most violent and mentally unstable of the hostage takers, he carries around a severed ear taken from a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard, and violently assaults one of the hostages, Rocko, with little provocation. He also attempts to execute two of the hostages but is stopped by Wolf.
- Mr. Pig - real name: Albert Roman (played by Frank Grillo) is Mr. Rabbit's brother. Before Iraq, he fixed cars at a shop, and after Iraq he was back to the same job. During the robbery, he takes a sexual interest in Ashley Beck, one of the hostages. He is also shown using illegal drugs, as he produces a small amount of cocaine and shares it with Ashley at one point.
- Mr. Mouse - real name: Michael (played by Leo Fitzpatrick) an artist who served three tours of duty with Mr. Wolf. He is wounded in the initial firefight. He was deeply affected by his military service and is often see drawing pictures in a notebook, part of 'comic' he is composing. Accidentally shoots one of the hostages when exhaustion and his wound cause him to doze off while holding his gun.
- Mr. Cat - real name: Marshall O'Brien, Jr. (played by J.D. Williams) a combat medic, he saves the life of several hostages and robbers, including Mouse and the woman Mouse shoots. Aside from Mr. Wolf, the most level headed of the soldiers trapped in the bank.
- Corporal Deke Quinlan (played by Steve Cirbus) the driver for their getaway car, he is shot in the arm during the initial firefight but manages to flee the scene unobserved. He later gathers together the members of 10-13 and attempts to save Mr. Wolf.
- Abe Sheldon (Geoffrey Cantor) is the bank manager for Three Rivers Bank. He is 45 years old, is not married and does not have children. At one point he panics and attempts to escape, but later finds a great deal of courage he probably never knew he had.
- Ashley Beck (Christine Evangelista) is the daughter of fictional business mogul Alan Beck (Tobin Bell). She is in her early-mid 20s and Mr. Wolf quickly realizes that she is the most valuable hostage due to her father's wealth and influence.
- Leroy Barnes (Ryan Sands) is a defense attorney and father of two sons. During the takeover of the bank, he hides a Walther PPK he carried for self-defense in a potted plant. He also texts out information to the police and his wife before the hostages are stripped of their cell phones.
- Rocko (Adam Cantor) is an electrician for the Three Rivers Bank. An ex-convict, he initially helps to organize the hostages, but is beaten for his efforts by Mr. Rabbit and nearly killed by Wolf.
- Bernard (Bingo O'Malley) is an elderly man, and a self-professed homosexual who claims to have 'come out of the closet' in 1953. He is one of the calmest of the hostages, rarely panicking to the degree of some of the others. When Mr. Wolf is trying to decide who to kill if his demands to restore power to the bank are not met, Bernard volunteers himself, saying that he is the 'logical choice'.
- Chloe (Jennifer Ferrin) is a young woman in her 30s. Like Mr. Wolf, she recently lost her spouse and this creates a connection between the two of them. She quickly seems to fall under the effects of Stockholm Syndrome, going so far as to beg Wolf to take her with him during one of the escape attempts.
- Teddy and Robby Sabian (Peter Appel and Ethan Rosenfeld) are a father and his son. Teddy is freed early on to give activation codes to Alan Beck. Robby is a computer whiz and is recruited by Mr. Wolf to hack into unblocked frequencies so that the hostage takers can communicate with their men outside.
- Henry (Adam Kroloff) is a security officer at the bank and friends with Rocko. He is released early. He was originally armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel revolver, but is promptly relieved of it by Mr. Pig at the start of the robbery.
- Cass (Brandi Engel) is a friend of Ashley's and is nearly killed when accidentally shot by Mr. Mouse.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||'Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf, Part 1'|
|July 22, 2007|
|2||'Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf, Part 2'|
'Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf?'
|July 22, 2007|
|3||'No Meringue'||July 29, 2007|
|4||'Pro Patria'||August 5, 2007|
|5||'Visiting Hours'||August 12, 2007|
|6||'The Great Ape Escape'||August 19, 2007|
|7||'The Devil's Zoo, Part 1'|
'Rabbit at Unrest'
|August 26, 2007|
|8||'The Devil's Zoo, Part 2'|
'The Devil's Zoo'
|August 26, 2007|
The series was executive produced by James DeMonaco, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Steve Shill. DeMonaco has dealt with hostage situations before in his script for The Negotiator. Directors include cable regular Steve Shill who the network hoped would help to establish their reputation for drama.
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Critics have characterised the show as familiar but watchable. Comparisons have been drawn to 1970s bank heist movies,Tarantino,The Nine and 24. Comparisons to The Nine have been favourable on the grounds that The Kill Point always has an ending in sight. Mr. Wolf's speeches to the crowd has been called 'an Attica moment' and compared to Dog Day Afternoon.
The characters have been described as cliché by reviewers. However, the script has drawn praise for its subtlety and entertainment value. One reviewer felt that the running time allowed the cliched characters to be developed in more interesting directions.
The casting of the show has drawn particular praise. Reviewers have noted the cast members who have also worked on The Wire including Michael K. Williams, JD Williams, Leo Fitzpatrick and Michael Hyatt. The chemistry of the opposing roles of negotiator and hostage taker also drew praise for John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg as well as a surprising performance by Jeremy Davidson an unknown whose portrayal of a disturbed war veteran was very under-rated. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised local actor Bingo O'Malley.
Online only 'webisodes' featuring Steve Cirbus as Deke and Joshua Elijah Reese as Derzius were made available via Spike TV's website. They cover the activities of Deke and Derzius of 10/13 platoon outside the bank as they work to aid Mendez and company.
Despite healthy ratings and attaining the target demographic of male viewers, Spike decided not to renew the series for a second season.
The series was released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2008.
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The Kill Point is a 2007 series that aired on Spike TV, about an attempted bank robbery in Pittsburgh organized by a group of disgraced Iraq War veterans who get involved in an armed stand-off with the police when their heist goes wrong and turns into a hostage situation. The cast includes Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo.
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- Animal Theme Naming: The robbers/hostage takers use animal aliases to address each other: Mr. Wolf, Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Pig, Mr. Mouse, and Mr. Cat.
- Anti-Villain: Most of the bank robbers don't harbor any will towards their hostages, and are former soldiers who felt betrayed by their country. Over the course of the hostage situation, Mr. Wolf releases most of them, even when he doesn't gain anything tangible from it.
- Badges and Dog Tags: Lieutenant Connie Reubens, the SWAT team leader, has done tours in Afghanistan. She says it really pisses her off that the hostage takers are attempting to use their own service background to invoke public support.
- Bank Robbery: It's about a bank robbery that quickly turns into a Hostage Situation due a variety of circumstances forcing the robbers to hole up inside the building, such as an off-duty FBI agent starting a firefight outside, and a security guard from an armored truck getting involved after he drove back to pick up something he lost. They do manage to steal a few million dollars after forcing the bank manager to wire the money to another bank in a way that wouldn't arouse suspicion.
- Bitch Alert: The female FBI hostage negotiatior, as soon as she walks into the room, it's obvious that she's desperately trying to prove her credentials but in the process just comes across as being unable to deal with the Hostage Situation intelligently.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Alan Beck, a powerful real estate businessman in the Pittsburgh area, gets involved in the hostage situation at the Three Rivers Bank when he finds out that his rebellious teen daughter Ashley is among the hostages. After his attempt to use his connections to pressure Horst Cali to prioritize her release fail, he tries to make a deal with the hostage takers on his own accord behind the backs of the authorities.
- Creepy Souvenir: Mr. Rabbit has collected severed body parts from Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers as a sign of respect. By his logic, someone who is as Defiant to the End as the enemy soldier he killed is someone he hopes to one day emulate.
- Disguised Hostage Gambit: The bank robbers' final ploy to escape involves dressing up three of the hostages as bank robbers, and disguising themselves as hostages so they can escape from the scene in an ambulance.
- A Father to His Men: Sergeant Jake Mendez, aka Mr. Wolf, has earned the undying loyalty of his men by going to hell and back against his superiors for them.
- Friendly Sniper: Quincy, a police sniper stationed on the roof opposite the bank, is often shown making wisecracks about the situation and playfully bantering with his spotter.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: The hostage takers were part of a military unit that saw combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, but were dishonorably discharged after refusing to carry out a Suicide Mission. Some of their old comrades later reunite in Pittsburgh to help them stage a break-out.
- Hostage Situation: The bank robbers are holed up with their hostages inside the bank for several days, as they're accustomed to siege situations. They do eventually release them one by one.
- I Have Your Wife: In the final episode, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Pig, and Mr. Cat manage to escape from the bank by having their comrades kidnap Horst Cali's wife and blackmailing him into assisting in their getaway by disguising them as hostages.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: After the bank robbers shoot a female FBI Agent, their Team Medic Mr. Cat performs a tracheotomy on her since her airways are blocked up by blood.
- Jurisdiction Friction: The FBI takes over negotations from the Pittsburg P.D. after one of their agents, who happened to be in the bank during the initial robbery, dies in the hospital from injuries sustained in the shoot-out. The new FBI negotiator immediately tries to throw her weight around, and proves to be far more incompetent than Horst Cali in dealing with the situation (although some of the things that happen are beyond her control, such as an independent sniper trying to kill one of the hostage takers), leading to him reassuming control of negotations.
- Karma Houdini: Mr. Pig manages to escape out of the city while avoiding the police, and ends up collecting the money he and his fellow robbers stole from a Canadian bank.
- Lemming Cops: During the initial robbery, an off-duty FBI agent who happened to be present in the bank's lobby at that moment, pursues the robbers and immediately starts a gunfight outside the building. A single person against five heavily armed suspects with only her sidearm for back-up. She's lucky a security guard just happened to circle back to back her up, or all she would have accomplished is getting herself and/or innocent bystanders killed. They fall back into the building and turn the whole thing into a protracted hostage situation instead, and she later dies from her injuries in the hospital anyway.
- Lima Syndrome: Most of the hostage takers show a great deal of care for the hostages, and do whatever they can to make their situation more comfortable under the circumstances. The only one to routinely avoid it is Mr. Rabbit, the more violent member of the team. Mr. Wolf is also still prepared to execute one of them to make good on his threat to the police.
- Loud of War: The FBI tries to psych out the hostage takers by blasting loud stereo noise into the bank. Horst Cali has to point out that they're ex-military who are already used to sleeping in a war zone with bombs going off around them. Mr. Wolf starts prank calling the FBI negotiatior until she gets so annoyed that she turns it off.
- Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: The elderly hostage Bernard is revealed to 'have come out of the closet in 1953'. At the end, after the hostage situation has ended, we see him reuniting with his partner.
- Open Shirt Taunt: At one point during negotiations, Mr. Wolf strips his shirt off in front of the bank to show that he's not afraid of getting shot. It also shows off his extensive war scars to the public, as he's cleverly using his military service to rouse support for himself and the other hostage takers.
- Psycho Party Member: Mr. Rabbit, the most violent of the five hostage takers, is a Shell-Shocked Veteran who never really left Iraq. He's constantly suggesting to just execute the hostages, and after he takes over from Mr. Wolf and starts lining them up, the Sergeant is forced to put him down.
- Show Some Leg: One of the hostages, Ashley, tries to distract Mr. Pig, who shows some sexual interest in her and makes various awkward attempts at flirting, so she can grab his gun. Mr. Wolf walks in on them, torpedoing the effort. She later arranges a 'date' with him so the other hostages can try to overpower the hostage takers.
- Suicide by Cop:
- Mr. Mouse, the most guilt-ridden of the five hostage takers, decides to walk outside and gets himself shot by reaching for something that turns out to be merely be a sketchbook.
- At the end, when Mr. Wolf is cornered with no chance of escape, he pressures Horst Cali into shooting him so he can 'die with honor'.
- Train Escape: Mr. Pig is the only one of the robbers who manages to become a Karma Houdini after hopping onto a passing train to escape the pursuing SWAT team.
- You Make Me Sic: Horst Cali constantly corrects people's grammar while they're trying to talk to him about the ongoing hostage situation.