The Kill Point is a limited 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 robbery of a Three Rivers Bank branch in Pittsburgh, PA. The series, produced by Mandeville Films and Lionsgate Television, is the first drama for the Spike TV cable network. The film of the series had the working title The Kill Pitt.
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.
A first person shooter game based on the show is available online from Kuma Reality Games.
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.
Law enforcement and other charactersEdit
- 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. Army Combat 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 two 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 20's 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 30's. 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.
- Elderly bank teller
- Man and woman in closet
|Episode #||Title||Air Date||Re-Aired||Re-Aired|
|1||"Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf, Part 1"||July 22, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 7, 2008 as "Another Tour"|
|2||"Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf, Part 2"||July 22, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 8, 2008 as "Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf?"|
|3||"No Meringue"||July 29, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 9, 2008|
|4||"Pro Patria"||August 5, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 10, 2008|
|5||"Visiting Hours"||August 12, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 11, 2008|
|6||"The Great Ape Escape"||August 19, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 14, 2008|
|7||"The Devil's Zoo, Part 1"||August 26, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 15, 2008 as "Rabbit at Unrest"|
|8||"The Devil's Zoo, Part 2"||August 26, 2007||February 16, 2008||July 16, 2008 as "The Devil's Zoo"|
The program when originally broadcast on Spike TV and was rated TV-MA due to various uses of the word "Shit" but was later edited down to TV-14 on later reairings due to them having that word be muted later on.
Critics have characterised the show as familiar but watchable.
- Aside from critics noting how the series had much of the same tension, mentality, themes and dialogu from other cops versus robbers flicks such as Dog Day Afternoon, Die Hard, Reservoir Dogs, Heat and Inside Man, others also noted how it had a real-time feel much like the successful television series "24". The show also made use of various character actors who had first made a name for themselves on the HBO show "The Wire".
- John Leguizamo's character Mr. Wolf and his crew bares resemblance to the militia group in Die Hard 2: Die Harder, except instead of asking for a military war criminal to be released, it's all heist-related.