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Plot: When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. Runtime: 121 mins Release Date: 22 Jan 1999
Highly Underrated !!! Guys wake up and Please see this movie and Vote , deserves a Place in IMDb Top 250 (by asad-comp)
A simple plan,you may compare it with shawshank redemption and believe me Frank darabont won't mind it.Because this ain't a suspense thriller but with all the things open in the story you will love it.Sometime you will be so involved in the movie that you want to give some advice to the Bill Paxton ,and yes you must not forget about the Academy award nominee performance by the Billy Bob Thornton,the real innocence you can see in him.I don't know what else people were expecting from this movie????? i am curious to know this ! and also i would love to see this movie in IMDb top 250 <more>
, I am a movie buff and guys as Baz Luhrmann asked people to trust him on sunscreen i am asking you to trust me on " A simple plan " it worths a rent of 100 $ ,i believe is one of the best of movie that i had ever seen,Best Screenplay , Superb story , Good performances,As a whole i will rate it as 10/10 .
Scott B. Smith's A Simple Plan puts Sam Raimi back in my book I forgot about him for a while after he did EVil Dead and part 2 by giving a good solid thriller that can sometimes be interpreted by some as a very dark comedy. The plot I think already stated has 2 brothers and a friend in a winter setting, who find a plane, a plane that can change they're lives chiching , but the cost, is something they don't even know they are going to bear. Sometimes the characters make dumb choices, but that atually makes it entertaining. The best surprise however is Billy Bob Thornton's <more>
performance because he is always good in anything he does. Good film for Raimi to have, and for the cast also. A-
Superb, flawless examination of greed spoilers inside (by Arkaan)
"You work for the American dream, you don't steal it" Bill Paxton says in the film, and that line rings true until the very end. The plot is simple. Three men find 4.4 million dollars, and decide to keep it. From than on, they remain tied to each other in a crime, yet they see it as "finding lost treasure". As soon as Jacob and Hank kill Stevenson, they are in even deeper. We the audience is asked to accept the fact that these decent people are breaking the law, and sympathize with them. It leads us through plot twists that expand on the film's haunting <more>
qualities. Sam Raimi's direction is incredible, as is Scott Smith's script. I have read the novel, and some things were changed. However, the changes were necessary as some parts of the novel weren't cinematic. The cinematography and score also lend themselves very well. The performances are all incredible. Billy Bob Thorton should have won the oscar for his thoughtful turn as Jacob, the dumber brother who realizes first that they've opened a Pandora's Box. " I wish someone else found that money". When he said that, it's not just the loss of the money that makes him say that, it's the loss of his soul. He is the first to realize that this will end in tragedy. Bridget Fonda is remarkable in her Lady Macbeth-type role. She's chilling and convincing as the wife who at firsts thinks the money should be burned, than changes her mind. Bill Paxton plays the 'everyman' who is the smarter of the three men who find the money. He is incredible, and holds this film together. What makes this movie work is that it forces us to ask ourselves questions about our morality. Not everyone will like the ending. I think it is perfect. Number 2 on my top ten of 1998
This is not the film to see if you're looking for a feel-good Hollywood anesthetic to cope with the end of the holiday season. If, however, you wish to experience a great film, then I highly recommend *A Simple Plan*. Its disturbing twist on the American dream may be too difficult for some--especially the very dark ending--but that is part of what makes the film such quality fare. Scott B. Smith's screenplay is tight and flawless. Sam Raimi's inspired direction may finally reveal to the rest of the film industry what fans of the Evil Dead trilogy have known for years: that, though <more>
his tongue is often firmly in his cheek, Raimi is a fine and grossly underrated filmmaker. Especially impressive is the way he and cinematographer Alar Kivilo approach the snow-covered landscapes. There is an immensity to the frozen wastelands of the film's crucial scenes that is almost worthy of David Lean. Also commendable is Raimi's skillful use of animals among them crows and foxes for symbolic purposes.But the cast, not to be outdone by their crew, is equally notable. Billy Bob Thornton gives his best performance to date, surpassing even his award-winning role in *Sling Blade*. Bill Paxton is phenomenal as a straight-laced-family-man- turned sociopath, and Bridget Fonda's convincing portrayal of Paxton's determined wife complements him well.Audiences at the screening I saw were commenting on the film's similarities to *Fargo* as they exited the theater, and seemed to belittle *A Simple Plan* for its lack of "originality." Granted, *A Simple Plan* is not entirely original. There are indeed vague shadows of *Fargo*, as well as *Macbeth* and Robert Frost, among others. But there is no such thing as an entirely original work, as great art is made by standing on the shoulders of giants. Make no mistake, this is NOT a cheap replay of *Fargo*. The differences are too numerous to note here, but suffice it to say that *A Simple Plan* is a great work in its own right, and deserves to be appreciated as such.
A Simple Plan is a film that had immense critical acclaim yet was in limited release. I was eagerly looking forward to this films release seeing as I am a huge Bill Paxton fan, but why wasn't this film in wide release? I was living in Toronto at the time and to find this film I had to go downtown to one very small art house theater. It wasn't at any of the bigger Silver City's. And that is a disappointment. Because this film is amazing. In a way I can't believe I'm saying this this film reminds me a bit of Star Wars. Only in the sense that I think there is enough <more>
intrigue and well developed characters that you could have made a trilogy and prequels out of this. Jacob could have a whole movie made about him. The characters are that rich.The film starts off with two brothers named Hank and Jacob Paxton and Thorton and a friend named Lou Brent Briscoe chasing their dog into the forest. As they get deep into the woods, they stumble onto a downed plane. It is here they find the money, the buried treasure to the tune of about 4 million dollars. At first they are talking about how rich they are and what they are going to do with the money. But it is then that Hank says that maybe they should wait a while to see if anyone comes looking for the money before they start to spend it. After all, the plane is snow covered so maybe it has been here for a while so by the end of the winter if no one comes for it, they will keep it. The other two are adamantly against that logic. " This is the American dream, " one of them says. " You work for the American dream, you don't steal it." Hank replies. Then of course all hell is about to break loose.Suddenly people that lead their lives without much money are consumed with greed and desperation. Hank's wife Sarah, in a great performance by Bridget Fonda, says that she is tired of having to eat dessert at home when they go out for dinner. She wants to provide a nest egg for their soon to be child. Lou owes money to everybody and wants his share of the money now. Jacob wants to fix up his dads farm. The insatiable need for money is driving everyone apart. It is from here that the plot thickens and it is like the layers of an onion. Every time you peel one layer back, there is another layer to deal with, until there is nothing left. And then what happens?This film works because it has a terrific story but it also works because of the people involved with it. I will first mention Raimi, the man responsible for directing this tangled web. He masterfully strokes every shot perfectly. He gets the feel for a small, cold winter town and he actually makes you shiver inspite of yourself. If anyone is a true horror fan they would have known that Raimi had a hidden genius. His Evil Dead films especially the first one really showed that he could direct a tight film and he did a masterful job of scaring you. And that is not easy. There are not many truly scary films out there and Evil Dead is one of them. Here he finally gets his due.The second person I want to mention is the cinematographer. This is Alar Kivilo's first real foray into film. He has worked mostly in TV and for this to be as well photographed as it is, is a true credit to his ability. Filming in the snow adds many challenges to this aspect of film and he conquers it beautifully. There is one scene where there are a few men heading into the woods to find the plane and all we see is their footprints. This scene reminded me of a similar one in Lawrence Of Arabia. It is executed perfectly and it conveys the feeling of what the scene is supposed to represent.As for the actors involved, as I said, I am a huge Paxton fan, just as anyone is if you like his portrayal of Chet and Hudson. And he is very good in this film. He has to play the level headed one of everyone involved and he comes across as the torn voice of reason here. But as much as I thought he was excellent in this flick, I have to say that Billy Bob Thorton blew me away. You can feel his pain. You can sense his split loyalty--friendship and brotherhood. Everything that we are supposed to see in him, we do. He really should have won a best supporting actor this year but he had the deck stacked against him seeing that he already has a statue and James Coburn, the veteran that he is, has none. Go figure. Too many politics in the academy, but anyway....This film examines so many human issues and it asks us to make our own decisions along the way. And the sad reality is maybe we wouldn't make some of the same decisions, but maybe we would have made worse ones as well. It is a tough movie to examine, and that is what ultimately makes it brilliant. **** Just on a side note here, I just find it amazing how the six degrees of separation works here. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thorton have known each other for years and they worked together on a similar character study in One False Move. They also briefly had screen time together in Tombstone. If you can't figure out who Thornton is in that film, try thinking of Johnny Tyler. He was about 100 pounds heavier than what he is now. Raimi and Paxton met on the set of Indian Summer. Raimi had a small role as Stick. So it is kind of nice to see loyalty does perhaps still exist in Hollywood. And I am really glad they met and then hooked up for this project. This is a true definition of a great film.
It took me only two viewings to realize that this movie is excellent. (by Vomitron_G)
When I saw this movie for the first time, back in 1999, I was a bit disappointed. I thought it was a bit too slow and even boring in some parts. I thought it lacked tension and didn't quite get it why people were referring to it as "The best suspense-thriller of the year". One of the reasons for my disappointment, was because I was used to Sam Raimi's exuberant way of filming, as shown in EVIL DEAD en DARKMAN. At the time, I also compared A SIMPLE PLAN to that other snowy black comedy/thriller FARGO, by the Coen brothers. I remember liking FARGO a lot more because of its <more>
occasional dark humor and the fact that the characters were a bit more 'crazy' and out of the ordinary, as opposed to the rather 'normal' people in A SIMPLE PLAN. I failed to see, at the time, that this was in fact the whole purpose of A SIMPLE PLAN: Normal people doing evil things when a considerable amount of money, the root of all evil, is involved . I also failed to see that A SIMPLE PLAN was an excellent story-driven thriller relying on solid acting instead of graphic violence. And I even failed to see that Sam Raimi had grown as a film-maker, making a film with a lot more contents, a different tone and visual style.The set up to the story is simple: Two brothers and a mutual friend discover a crashed plane in the woods which contains a dead body and a bag with 4 million $ in it. They decide to keep it and divide it when the time is ripe. Now, you can expect that things will go wrong and that people will die. But you can't possibly predict how and when. Then there's also the question about the origin of the money. I can only say that this is one hell of an intelligent script with enough twists and one that also manages to have you think together with the characters. Because, what would you do if so much money could be yours? The characters are well-written with a lot of background and the acting is just superb. Especially Bill Paxton as Hank and Billy Bob Thornton as his slightly mentally challenged brother Jacob. There's one really strong scene were Hank and Jacob are tricking Lou into a confession. It is such a deliberately misleading scene even Hank at one point got mislead , but it shows that Jacob really is a bit smarter than he looks. Brilliant scene, as well as the escalation to the conclusion of it.Like I insinuated before, this is a rather down-toned thriller, so don't expect a spectacular climax in the end. But the conclusion to where it all leads up to is extremely satisfying in terms of cleverness, sadness and unpredictability . This movie has some sort of subtle 'finesse' to it which shines through in the visuals as well as the acting. Two random examples: The wide shot were Hank, Jacob, Jenkins and Baxter all walk into a different direction towards the woods to look for the plane is beautiful with the tracks through the snowy field and all but also foreboding 'cause you know that the horrible conclusion will take place in those woods . And then, before all this, there was the scene were Jacob arrives at the point of rendez-vous, against all expectations. When Hank asks why he did show up after all, Jacob replies that he talked to Sarah and decided to come after all. Just look at Hank's Paxton reaction to that. For a second or two you can see him realize that Jacob now knows what he and Sarah already knew but Jenkins and Baxter don't. Hank then quickly gets back into his roll and they all head off to the woods. Those were just two little detailed examples I gave for showing that this movie is excellent on every level.I'm gonna stop now, 'cause I realize that the paragraph above isn't very interesting to you if you haven't seen the movie yet. Point is, A SIMPLE PLAN just might be one of Sam Raimi's best movies it only took me several years to acknowledge that fact . So maybe I should re-watch THE GIFT again, 'cause I wasn't too enthusiastic about that one either back then. Anyway, if you haven't seen A SIMPLE PLAN yet, then do so. And keep in mind that it's actually nothing like FARGO at all.
This movie really makes you examine your own motives. (by TxMike)
"A Simple Plan" immediately reminds you of "Fargo". A dull, snowy winter. Men beginning to cheat on a small scale, which then begins to escalate until it becomes out of control. And no one will *like* the ending, but it is the only ending that could make this fine film complete.It is set in the wintertime. Two brothers come upon a small plane that has crashed. Since there have been no news reports, they rightly assume no one knows about it. There's money inside, lots of money. Everyone knows what the 'right' thing to do is. But what will they do? What would <more>
most people do?The acting, especially Billy Bob Thornton, is excellent. You will watch the film without blinking. You will ask yourself, "what would I do in a similar situation?" Unless you only like light entertainment, you really need to see this film.
This is not a pleasant film and you are going to have to think a little - if this doesn't sound like your type of movie, stay away! If, however, you like intelligent and peculiar film-making, then you'll probably appreciate A Simple Plan. In an effort somewhat reminiscient of Fargo meets Shallow Grave, this clever, dark, character drama explores some unpleasant ground to produce a quirky and distrubing overall result. I must admit I finished this movie feeling rather unpleasant, but struck by its intellect and striking dialogue and performances. This movie is definitely worth the <more>
Say what you will about him, like him or hate him, you gotta admit that Raimi knows the craft. Here, he puts Hitchcock's methods to good use, decades after the master died, and creates amounts of suspense that honor his memory. The tension is thick and impossible to ignore. This is exciting and engaging, and it's completely realistic, down to earth and human, to boot. The pace is spot-on, this never outruns the viewer, in spite of being fast and tight, and so much of the relationships and past being told to us through hints, the behaviour and how situations evolve. More thrillers <more>
should be like this. This also qualifies as noir and drama. The acting is beyond reproach, there's not a single performance that is lacking, and I'd say Paxton does pretty good in a lead role. Kudos to Thornton for not turning his part into a caricature. The writing is excellent. I have not read the novel, but I would like to do so. I understand that this isn't entirely as brutal as the book, though it is disturbing, and, at times, violent. The cinematography and editing are incredible. There is some strong language in this. The story is magnificent, and develops so well throughout. Thank you, Sam, for making an effort, for not just going for the lowest common denominator, and for understanding that it was the build-up - not purely the plot twist at the end - that made Alfred, and his films, such treasure. The DVD holds a theatrical trailer. I recommend this to any fan of the director and/or anyone else who helped create it. 8/10