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A Simple Plan (1998)

Cast: Bill Paxton, Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, more...
Director: Sam Raimi, Sam Raimi
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Independent, Crime
Running Time: 121 min.
Languages: English
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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 taught 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 principles. 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. ~ Chris Gore, All Movie Guide

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One False Move
Thornton co-wrote and acted in this brilliant police thriller/drama

More snow-bound suspense in a slightly more comic vein

Billy Bob plays one of three inept marijuana growers in this winning rehash (sorry) of the score-gone-wrong story

GreenCine Member Reviews

a simple mind... by funnytoo August 3, 2012 - 10:41 AM PDT
..can not concoct this kind of Simple Plan! Billy Bob Thornton appears simple in his role as Jacob, living in the shadow of his brother Hank who is married to Sarah, played by Bridget Fonda (in a horrible wig) and as the story comes together, the intricate family dynamics play out in a plausible & subtle way, culminating in a not so believable conclusion. Still, it's fun to watch, the Birds are a definite bonus & if you've ever wanted to see someone fly across the room from a Rifle Shot, this is the movie for you!!

i thought it was good by kurtsk8board May 22, 2008 - 10:07 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
glad i saw this before i read the two reviews on the site. i thought this was a great film. you should watch and see for yourself.

Poor Billy Bob by mfritzel March 22, 2004 - 11:39 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
If you can suspend your disbelief regarding the bad decisions made by the characters, it's well performed and has an entertaining plot.

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