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Simple Plan
     

Simple Plan

3.5 6
Director: Sam Raimi, Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe

Cast: Sam Raimi, Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe

 

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Based on Scott B. Smith's bone-chilling 1993 novel, A Simple Plan is a bit of a departure for horror film director Sam Raimi. Instead of flying eyeballs and dancing corpses, A Simple Plan is a taut crime thriller in the vein of Joel Coen's Academy Award-winning Fargo. Set during the white winters of Minnesota, this story tells the eerie tale of

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Based on Scott B. Smith's bone-chilling 1993 novel, A Simple Plan is a bit of a departure for horror film director Sam Raimi. Instead of flying eyeballs and dancing corpses, A Simple Plan is a taut crime thriller in the vein of Joel Coen's Academy Award-winning Fargo. Set during the white winters of Minnesota, this story tells the eerie tale of Hank and Jacob Mitchell (played by Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with a buddy, find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying four million dollars in one-hundred-dollar bills. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow is melted and the plane is found. If no one notices the missing money at that time, they will split it and live a wealthy new life. A simple plan, right? Wrong. Much like Humphrey Bogart's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, things can only get worse, as distrust and greed creep into the minds of the principals. They find it difficult to decide which one gets to hold the money -- and even more impossible to keep from dipping into the stash until spring. And so on. It also becomes increasingly tough to keep a secret of this magnitude. And if all this doesn't get moviegoers' brains working, it seems there are suspicious characters in town who just may be able to link them to the plane, forcing the more dangerous and bloody question of what to do with those people and how to cover their tracks.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A straightforward, even restrained, neo-noir thriller may have been the last thing expected from flamboyant horror maestro Sam Raimi, but A Simple Plan stylistically stayed close to its name. Scripted by Scott B. Smith from his bestselling novel, Raimi quietly lets the tension build as brothers Hank and Jacob (Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton), Paxton's wife (Bridget Fonda), and Thornton's friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) attempt to wait out the snowy rural winter before absconding with millions of dollars found in a plane wreck. The deep currents of fraternal and class resentment laid bare by the faltering plan, however, soon corrupt the pristine white landscapes and the deceptively cozy interior of Paxton's home. As acted with comparable delicacy by Paxton and especially Thornton as the less fortunate sibling, the human weaknesses that foil the plot become all the more cruelly, and believably, intense. Praised as a strong piece of taut, well-mounted story-telling, A Simple Plan proved that Raimi could indeed do more than let the viscera fly, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Thornton.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
UPC:
0032429065933
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton Hank
Billy Bob Thornton Jacob
Brent Briscoe Lou
Bridget Fonda Sarah
Jack Walsh Tom Butler
Chelcie Ross Carl
Becky Ann Baker Nancy
Gary Cole Baxter

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Eric L. Beason Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
James Jacks Producer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
John D. Milinac Special Effects Supervisor
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Polaire Co-producer
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Rando Schmook Set Decoration/Design
Adam Schroeder Producer
Scott B. Smith Screenwriter
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Happy Man [:17]
2. The Fox [:14]
3. The Airplane [4:21]
4. Observe and Learn [2:32]
5. The Farm [5:40]
6. Money Troubles [9:55]
7. Taking Sides [4:33]
8. The Deal [5:20]
9. Live and Let Live [5:51]
10. Rest in Peace [1:02]
11. A Normal Life [3:11]
12. Agen Baxter [6:35]
13. Cost of Happiness [4:28]
14. A Matter of Time [6:45]

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Simple Plan 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's followed BBT's career knows he's done a number of sorry movies in which he plays some loathsome, disgusting jerk who can't do anything but drink, swear, womanize and belittle people. But in this movie his genius is evident throughout, particularly in the scene at his friend's home. The harmless "village idiot," Jacob (Thornton) and his college-educated brother, Hank (Bill Paxton) have a way of tricking Jacob's friend into confessing to a murder that Hank actually committed - Hank is secretly recording the "admission" as the charade plays out. This is the essence of subtlety: Jacob certainly hates his brother for coming up with such a diabolical scheme, and begins to talk about how much he can't stand him. But he uses that very same sentiment to spring the trap, and his friend is none the wiser. It doesn't just take a gifted actor to do this: the script must be applauded as well. A fantastic piece of cinema, underrated and not very highly publicized but gripping from start to finish. Comparable to Val Kilmer's The Salton Sea. Very highly recommended.
aghagwyo81 More than 1 year ago
If you like movies that make you think a lot after the moive is over this is one of those. I tend to grade a movie how much it makes me think once the movie is done. Be prepared for twists and great acting. Could be a real story, not overblown Hollywood here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was someone suspensful and had a touch of a scary and thrilling plot. The ending however was not what I wanted nor was it enjoyable did I think. The movie actually took a twist to what I didn't think would happen, but it was good up until the ending I thought. I give this movie 3 stars, it doesn't have what it takes to be a 4.
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