Simple Plan

Simple Plan

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe

     
 

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One of the most overlooked films of 1998, A Simple Plan does not receive a treatment on DVD that will make it any more memorable. Both a modern morality play and a twisty suspense thriller, Plan marks Sam Raimi's first steps into more commercial films than the Evil Dead series or Darkman. Stepping away from the more eccentric camerawork ofSee more details below

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One of the most overlooked films of 1998, A Simple Plan does not receive a treatment on DVD that will make it any more memorable. Both a modern morality play and a twisty suspense thriller, Plan marks Sam Raimi's first steps into more commercial films than the Evil Dead series or Darkman. Stepping away from the more eccentric camerawork of those films, Raimi reveals himself to be skilled at communicating suspense and human emotion. This makes the absence of a commentary track on the disc even more disappointing. Instead, only the film's effective theatrical trailer is included. The film itself is presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and Dolby Digital Sound, both of which do justice to Alar Kivilo's winter cinematography and Danny Elfman's haunting score. With no production featurette, interviews, commentary, or additional insight, however, the DVD doesn't have much more to offer other than a good film.

Editorial Reviews

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:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0097363337676
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

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 ; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton Hank
Billy Bob Thornton Jacob
Brent Briscoe Lou
Bridget Fonda Sarah
Jack Walsh Tom Butler
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

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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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