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The Ladykillers

3.8 9
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans


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The first film to be officially co-credited to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen as directors, The Ladykillers debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. A French soundtrack has also been recorded. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible.


The first film to be officially co-credited to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen as directors, The Ladykillers debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. A French soundtrack has also been recorded. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a reel consisting of co-star Irma P. Hall slapping around Marlon Wayans, a pair of featurettes about the gospel music heard in the film, and a script reader that allows those with a DVD-ROM drive to read the script -- and allow the viewer to see any scene in the film by clicking on the corresponding line in the script. This modest box-office hit has been given a modest, effective DVD release by Disney.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The classic 1955 British black comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers gets a thorough updating and change in location for this droll remake written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo). The Guinness role is reworked for top-billed Tom Hanks, delightfully eccentric as Professor G. H. Dorr, an old-school southern gentleman who poses as a music teacher while secretly masterminding bank robberies. For their latest caper, Dorr and his equally eccentric associates (Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, and Ryan Hurst) have chosen a casino; their planned means of access is a tunnel they’re digging from underneath the home of Dorr’s churchgoing landlady (Irma P. Hall). When the old woman begins to suspect the professor’s “students” have something other than music lessons in mind, she becomes an obstacle that must be overcome…or removed. No strangers to black comedy, the Coens manage to make Hanks and company likable even when they’re expressing murderous intent. The secondary characters are limned carefully, with Simmons -- best known as newspaper editor Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies -- a clear standout as an explosives specialist with alarming lapses of judgment. Hanks, the recipient of numerous close-ups, squanders no opportunity to mug for the camera while he rattles off dialogue in a molasses-thick Dixie accent. Irma P. Hall has the toughest assignment, playing straight to these oddballs. But she gets plenty of laughs herself, especially when chastising Marlon Wayans about contemporary music like “hippity-hop.” Although the coming attractions made Ladykillers seem relatively benign, don’t be fooled: This movie has plenty of edge and a denouement that will be especially surprising to anyone who hasn’t seen the original.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There is something appropriate about Joel and Ethan Coen officially sharing directing credit for the first time with their remake of The Ladykillers. This film uses many tropes and devices familiar to fans of their work -- a big terse dumb guy, an overly loquacious main character, and American roots music, to name just three. While all these familiar elements add up to an entertaining film, The Ladykillers lacks the comic highs of their best work, though the film is well worth seeing for Tom Hanks. Finally playing an all-out bad guy allows Hanks to shred every ounce of movie-star self-consciousness. This is his first film since winning back-to-back Oscars in which he seems free from the need to have the audience like him -- and that sense of freedom comes through in the performance. The brothers have given him some of the most baroque dialogue they have ever devised, and Hanks twists and turns his voice so that he plays every nuance perfectly. His many speeches are certainly the best aspects of The Ladykillers. The final 30 minutes of the film feels like an extended version of the death of Wheezy Joe from their previous film Intolerable Cruelty, but the black humor loses shock value fairly early as if Joel and Ethan do not have the heart to stay wicked for such an extended period of time. While this is most certainly a minor work from Coen brothers, they never just go through the motions. The final joke, about what happens to the score from the heist, provides a scathingly funny final twist. Unlike most of Joel and Ethan's work, the pleasures here are mostly ephemeral. Fun while it lasts, The Ladykillers may be the first Coen brothers film that fails to stay with the viewer.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Slap Reel" outtakes; "The Gospel of The Ladykillers" deleted music scenes; "Danny Ferrington: The Man Behind the Band" featurette - the master guitar-maker tells all; The Ladykillers ScriptScanner enhanced computer feature; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French language track; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Goldthwait Higginson Dorr
Marlon Wayans Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons Garth Pancake
Irma P. Hall Marva Munson
Tzi Ma The General
Ryan Hurst Lump Hudson
George Wallace The Sheriff
Diane Delano Mountain Girl
Stephen Root Fernand Gudge
Jason Weaver Weemack Funthes
Greg Grunberg TV Commercial Director

Technical Credits
Ethan Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joel Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
T-Bone Burnett Musical Direction/Supervision
Carter Burwell Score Composer
John Cameron Co-producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
David Diliberto Associate Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Robert Graf Associate Producer
Tom Jacobson Producer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Barry Josephson Producer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Barry Sonnenfeld Producer
Rachel Tenner Casting
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [12:01]
2. Members of the Ensemble [7:17]
3. Shine on Me [9:04]
4. Practicing Music [5:39]
5. The Bandit Queen [8:42]
6. A New Friend [6:47]
7. Bad Timing [6:25]
8. Trouble [9:21]
9. Entertaining the Ladies [9:51]
10. "A Middle Way" [8:19]
11. Dazzling Conversation [14:43]
12. End Credits [5:42]


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The Ladykillers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The use of profanity was totally unnecessary and distracted from the overall comedy. I had no idea. As a result, I wouldn't watch it again. Wayans was a stereotype and an embarrassment. With or without children around, this offended my sensibilities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it, but I made a mistake and took my son to see it with me. He is 8 years old and he alwys would yell when they said a bad word. It was pretty good and I thought it was hilarious, but the title and the LAANGUAGE was bad for my son.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was hysterical and surprising, which is rare in such a comedy. I was not offended by the language, because of the rating which forewarned me. I am buying it to show to friends and family who will be told about the language and an choose whether or not to watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is funny comedy about some thieves who actually try to seem like they have class. This movie kept me chuckling until the end - it really only has an R rating for the use of f-ck every other sentence (an unnecessary addition to the film) - but there is no nudity. But if you can ignore the bad language, I would totally recommend this movie because Tom Hanks as always portrays beautiful acting!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Ladykillers' was an absolutely funny film from start to finish! The Cohen brothers masterfully remade this 1955 classic, into a very hilarious film. Tom Hank's performance as Professor Goldwait Higginson Dorr, was the finest performance since 'Forrest Gump'. I would also rank this up there with his performances in 'Philadelphia', 'The Green Mile', 'Catch me if You Can', 'Road to Perdition', and 'The Terminal'. Irma P. Hall was truly a pleasure to watch! I haven't seen so much slapping in one film since watching a Three Stooges filmfest!!! The Cohens have another winner!!!!