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Ladykillers
Tom Hanks and Irma P. Hall




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It is always difficult to try to recreate a classic movie, so Joel and Ethan Coen took the premise of Alexander Mackendrick's beloved 1955 Ealing Studio caper comedy, THE LADYKILLERS, as the basis for coming up with their own entertaining and bizarre remake. Tom Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D., a would-be professor who talks his way into the root cellar of Mrs. Munson (Irma P. Hall), where he and his supposed band will practice their "Renaissance music." But they are actually plotting to tunnel through to steal a mint from a riverboat casino. The motley crew of incompetent criminals includes Marlon Wayans as Gawain MacSam, a hip-hoppity thug pretending to be a janitor; J.K. Simmons as movie prop man and demolition "expert" Garth Pancake, who has problems with intestinal bowel syndrome; Tzi Ma as the General, a Vietnamese tunnel rat with a Hitler mustache; and Ryan Hurst as a pathetically dumb football wannabe named Lump. Just when they think all is going well, they run into a curious Mrs. Munson, who smells something funny. The film includes several exhilarating Gospel scenes set in southern churches, and lots of riotous site gags. The Coen brothers have done it yet again.

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Overview

It is always difficult to try to recreate a classic movie, so Joel and Ethan Coen took the premise of Alexander Mackendrick's beloved 1955 Ealing Studio caper comedy, THE LADYKILLERS, as the basis for coming up with their own entertaining and bizarre remake. Tom Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D., a would-be professor who talks his way into the root cellar of Mrs. Munson (Irma P. Hall), where he and his supposed band will practice their "Renaissance music." But they are actually plotting to tunnel through to steal a mint from a riverboat casino. The motley crew of incompetent criminals includes Marlon Wayans as Gawain MacSam, a hip-hoppity thug pretending to be a janitor; J.K. Simmons as movie prop man and demolition "expert" Garth Pancake, who has problems with intestinal bowel syndrome; Tzi Ma as the General, a Vietnamese tunnel rat with a Hitler mustache; and Ryan Hurst as a pathetically dumb football wannabe named Lump. Just when they think all is going well, they run into a curious Mrs. Munson, who smells something funny. The film includes several exhilarating Gospel scenes set in southern churches, and lots of riotous site gags. The Coen brothers have done it yet again.

Awards:
2004 - Cannes - Jury Prize Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Joel Coen - Director
Tom Hanks
Marlon Wayans
George Wallace
Ryan Hurst
J.K. Simmons
Jason Weaver
Irma P. Hall
Stephen Root
Greg Grunberg

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936239508
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language including sexual references)
  • Release Date: September 2004

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Movies > Comedies

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Theatrical Release
Crime
Remake
Heists
Criminals

 

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Reviews:
"What keeps the movie going - aside from the rambunctious performances of Ms. Hall and Mr. Hanks - is the Coens' obsessive devotion to the American vernacular." - 03/26/2004 New York Times, p.E13


"[Hanks] works energetically to find the character under the costume and he plows through the screenplay's reams of purple prose with sonorous dexterity." - 03/26/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E1


"[A]n enjoyably screwy, mad-as-a-hatter remake of the 1955 Alec Guinness comedy." - 04/02/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-4


"Those seeking a quirky and clever comedy should hightail it to THE LADYKILLERS..." - 03/26/2004 USA Today, p.3D


"The dialogue is predictably a treat..." - 07/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.54


"[D]elightful....[T]he Coens' stylish touch manages to give a holy aura to both the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and a garbage dump in the middle of the Mississippi." - 10/01/2004 Premiere, p.115

 

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