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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
     

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

4.5 8
Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei

 

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet's thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent's jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet's thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent's jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some cash. His brother, Hank (Hawke), isn't much better off, so when Andy hatches a plan to rob their parent's modest jewelry store, it seems like a foolproof way to make a quick buck. But Andy's trophy wife, Gina (Tomei), is secretly sleeping with libidinous younger brother Hank, and when the robbery proves a complete disaster it isn't long before loyalties start to shift. Now Andy and Hank's father, Charles (Finney), is determined to make the unidentified robbers pay for their crime. What's a father to do when he discovers that the ones he loves have become his worst enemies?

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
UPC:
0014381491258
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Andy Hanson
Ethan Hawke Hank Hanson
Marisa Tomei Gina Hanson
Albert Finney Charles Hanson
Michael Shannon Dex
Brian F. O'Byrne Bobby
Amy Ryan Martha
Rosemary Harris Nanette Hanson
Aleksa Palladino Chris
Leo Cimino William
Arija Bareikis Katherine
Lee Wilkof Jake
Sarah Livingston Danielle
Blaine Horton Justin
Damon Gupton Doctor
Adrian Martinez Security Guard
Patrick G. Burns Priest
Alice Spivak Receptionist
Natalie Gold Secretary
Keith Davis Attendant
Mateo Gomez Doorman
Myra Lucretia-Taylor Grader
Chris Chalk Officer
Sakina Jaffrey Manager
John Knox Desk Sergeant
James Lally Agent
Jordan Gelber Agent 2
Megan Byrne Nurce
Marcia Jean Kurtz Hospital Receptionist
Guy A. Fortt Vendor
Meredith Patterson Andy's Secretary
Tom Zolandz Junkie
Paul Butler Detective
Anita Sklar Mourner
Josh Mowery Mourner
Diane Bradley Mourner
Richard K. Lublin Mourner
Bob Coletti Ambulance Driver

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Belle Avery Executive Producer
Brian Barclay Producer
Jane Barclay Executive Producer
David Bergstein Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Michael Cerenzie Producer
Austin Chick Co-producer
Joel Corman Executive Producer
Ron Fortunato Cinematographer
William S. Gilmore Producer
J.J. Hoffman Executive Producer
Eli Klein Executive Producer
Hannah Leader Executive Producer
Diane Lederman Set Decoration/Design
Wing Lee Art Director
Ellen Lewis Casting
Brian Linse Producer
Kelly Masterson Screenwriter
Jeff Melnick Executive Producer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Tina Nigro Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Nowak Production Designer
Paul Parmar Producer
Guy Pham Executive Producer
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Tom Swartwout Editor
Jeff G. Waxman Co-producer
Sam Zaharis Executive Producer

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The making of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - featuring interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Sidney Lumet; Filmmaker and cast commentary with 5-time Academy Award nominee and Lifetime Achievement award winner Sidney Lumet and actors Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Theatrical trailer

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are brothers who knock off their parents' low-rent jewelry store in an attempt to remedy their desperate cash flow problems. Complicating matters, Marisa Tomei plays Gina, the wife to Hoffman 's character Andy, who's sleeping with his brother Hank, played by Hawke. What's supposed to be a victimless crime spins quickly out of control into disater and immorality, secrets and family tragedy collide with a result that pins you to the back of your seat. Sidney Lumet delivers an electrifying crime thriller (at the age of 82) with a brilliant ensemble cast that stands among his finest work. This is one of the best films of 2007 and essential viewing for anyone who loves movies and wants to witness Hoffman's best performance to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This movie is awesome on so many different levels. Hoffman did an excellent job, as always!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The full title of this film is 'May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead', a rewording of the old Irish toast 'May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you're dead.' First time screenwriter Kelly Masterson (with some modifications by director Sidney Lumet) has concocted a melodrama that explores just how fragmented a family can become when external forces drive the members to unthinkable extremes. In this film the viewer is allowed to witness the gradual but nearly complete implosion of a family by a much used but, here, very sensible manipulation of the flashback/flash forward technique of storytelling. By repeatedly offering the differing vantages of each of the characters about the central incidents that drive this rather harrowing tale, we see all the motivations of the players in this case of a robbery gone very wrong. Andy Hanson (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a wealthy executive, married to an emotionally needy Gina (Marisa Tomei), and addicted to an expensive drug habit. His life is beginning to crumble and he needs money. Andy's ne're-do well younger brother Hank (Ethan Hawke) is a life in ruins - he is divorced from his shrewish wife Martha (Amy Ryan), is behind in alimony and child support, and has borrowed all he can from his friends, and he needs money. Andy proposes a low-key robbery of a small Mall mom-and-pop jewelry store that promises safe, quick cash for both. The glitch is that the jewelry story belongs to the men's parents - Charles (Albert Finney) and Nanette (Rosemary Harris). Andy advances Hank some cash and wrangles an agreement that Hank will do the actual robbery, but though Hank agrees to the 'fail-safe' plan, he hires a friend to take on the actual job while Hank plans to be the driver of the getaway car. The robbery is horribly botched when Nanette, filing in for the regular clerk, shoots the robber and is herself shot in the mess. The disaster unveils many secrets about the fragile relationships of the family and when Nanette dies, Charles and Andy and Hank (and their respective partners) are driven to disastrous ends with surprises at every turn. Each of the actors in this strong but emotionally acrid film gives superb performances, and while we have come to expect that from Hoffman, Hawke, Tomei, Finney, Ryan, and Harris, it is the wise hand of direction from Sidney Lumet that make this film so unforgettably powerful. It is not an easy film to watch, but it is a film that allows some bravura performances that demand our respect, a film that reminds us how fragile many families can be. Grady Harp
wendlz23 More than 1 year ago
this is a good movie with plenty of leading charactors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by this film. It was very simple yet good. If you are bothered by the darker points in life I do not reccomend it but if you are interested in real life drama, go for it!
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