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A Simple Plan


Overview - Like the Coen brothers' FARGO, Sam Raimi's A SIMPLE PLAN is an ice-cold neo-noir as chilling and bleak as its snow-covered Minnesota locale. When two brothers, straightlaced family man Hank (Bill Paxton) and simple-minded loser Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton)--along with Jacob's unabashed town-drunk friend Lou (Brent Briscoe)--find 4.4 million dollars inside a crashed plane, they believe they've found the financial answer to all their problems.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Like the Coen brothers' FARGO, Sam Raimi's A SIMPLE PLAN is an ice-cold neo-noir as chilling and bleak as its snow-covered Minnesota locale. When two brothers, straightlaced family man Hank (Bill Paxton) and simple-minded loser Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton)--along with Jacob's unabashed town-drunk friend Lou (Brent Briscoe)--find 4.4 million dollars inside a crashed plane, they believe they've found the financial answer to all their problems. All they have to do is keep it a secret until the plane is discovered and any investigations are completed. This proves to be easier said than done, however, when the three men (as well as Hank's surprisingly calculating wife, Sarah, played by Bridget Fonda), each with their different reasons, begin to lose trust in the others. When an FBI agent (Gary Cole) comes to town, the tension becomes explosive, peeling away layers of familial resentment and resulting in betrayal, deceit, and, ultimately, murder. Thornton's brilliantly understated and profoundly moving performance was recognized by the Academy with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, while the taut script, by crime writer Scott B. Smith from his own novel, was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Cast List

Patrizia von Brandenstein
Chelcie Ross - Supporting Actor
Bill Paxton - American Actor
Peter Syvertsen
John Paxton - American Screenwriter
Alar Kivilo - Director of Photography
Sam Raimi - Director, EVIL DEAD
Becky Ann Baker - Actress, NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, SPIDER-MAN 3
Brent Briscoe - SCREENWRITER
Michael Polaire - PRODUCER\"EYE FOR AN EYE"
James Jacks - Executive Producer
Jim Jacks - Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder - Producer
Billy Bob Thornton - Screenwriter/Actor
Jack Walsh
Tom Carey - Actor
Eric Beason - Editor
Arthur Coburn - Editor
Gary Levinsohn
Julie Weiss - Costume Designer, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998)
Bridget Fonda - American actress, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
Gary Cole - American TV/Film Actor
Scott B. Smith - Screenwriter & novelist, "A Simple Plan"
Mark Gordon - Producer

 
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Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Thriller
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Murder
Deception
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Reviews:
"...A morality tale of steadily mounting tension....[A] sharp, subtle work..." - 12/10/1998 Rolling Stone, p.132


"...Its emotional power and subtlety put it in a class of its own..." - 06/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.32-52


"...Lean, elegant, and emotionally complex -- a marvel of backwoods classicism..." -- Rating: A - 02/05/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.49


"...Well acted and tautly assembled..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 12/24/1998 USA Today, p.4D


"Billy Wilder meets the Coen brothers, in Raimi's quietly powerful adaptation of Scott Smith's roman noir..." - 10/01/1998 Premiere, p.28


"...Gripping and unsettling....When you get the shivers watching this wintry tale unfold, it won't be from the cold..." - 12/11/1998 New York Times, p.E16


"...One of the most touching noirs yet made..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.106

 
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