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Ladykillers, The (2004)

The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.

Original Title : Ladykillers, The
Director : Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Writer : William Rose
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Genre : Comedy
Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : John Cameron , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen , David Diliberto , Robert Graf , Tom Jacobson , Barry Josephson , Barry Sonnenfeld
Music : Carter Burwell
Photography : Roger Deakins
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language including sexual references.
IMDB ID : 0335245
Official site : http://ladykillers.movies.com/
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Starring

Tom Hanks Professor G.H. Dorr
Irma P. Hall Marva Munson
Marlon Wayans Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons Garth Pancake
Tzi Ma The General
Ryan Hurst Lump Hudson
Diane Delano Mountain Girl
George Wallace Sheriff Wyner
John McConnell Deputy Sheriff
Jason Weaver Weemack Funthes
Stephen Root Fernand Gudge
Lyne Odums Rosalie Funthes (as Baadja-Lyne Odums
Walter K. Jordan Elron (as Walter Jordan
George Anthony Bell Preacher
Greg Grunberg TV Commercial Director
Hallie Singleton Craft Service
Robert Baker Quarterback
Blake Clark Football Coach
Amad Jackson Doughnut Gangster
Aldis Hodge Doughnut Gangster
Freda Foh Shen Doughnut Woman
Paula Martin Gawain's Mama
Jeremy Suarez Li'l Gawain
Te Te Benn Gawain's Sister
Khalil East Gawain's Brother
Jennifer Echols Waffle Hut Waitress
Nita Norris Tea Lady
Vivian Smallwood Tea Lady
Maryn Tasco Tea Lady
Muriel Whitaker Tea Lady
Jessie Bailey Tea Lady
Louisa Abernathy Church Voice (voice
Mildred Dumas Church Voice (voice
Al Fann Church Voice (voice
Mi Mi Green-Fann Church Voice (voice
Bruce Campbell Humane Society Worker (uncredited
Michael Dotson Angry Football Fan (uncredited
 

Plot

A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems.
 

Comments

A Glorious Failure Spoilers herein. I really appreciate artists willing to push the envelope. They're not pushing if they don'tfail at least a third of the time. This is a failure, but an interesting, glorious one and in itsway is more interesting to watch than, say, `O Brother.' You know something worthknowing is up when the most nuanced actor in a high level project like this is a painting. These guys are cinefiles, enthusiasts who examine what they and others do withmeticulous detail and grand vision. They reach for a specific tone, different for eachproject, and then engineer the pieces to support. What do you think? Was the original vision too ambitious: a takeoff from the Shakespearean actor from Huck Finn? In this case, it is a Coen-like folding: an actorplaying an actor playing Twain who writes the riverboat plot using a previously writtenskeleton (something recently done by PS Hoffman in `Cold Mountain'). Or is it that the vision was as apt an reachable as any they have had, but they erred in theengineering? I think it is this latter. Some of the blame is theirs: they have come to behypnotized by the power of themed music in their films. Here it is a distraction, sapsresources and fails to support the quirky vision. Tbone failed them. But they were stuck with some bad casting. Once that happens, you're lost. Hanks is sucha heaviweight that he forces the vision to bend to what he wants to do as an actor. Bigmistake. The old lady Marva Munson is capable of playing only one sort of character. We've seenher do it in several dreary projects. She just couldn't ever get the joke and really believesshe is in an Eddie Murphy movie. And third, and almost incidentally, we have Wayans. He also knows only one way ofswinging. None of these three was capable of getting on board the twisted vision the brothers had.Dozens of real actors have. But these three are, alas, characters now, not actors. Still, you can see what they had in mind, and still be amused by it even though it neverappears on the screen Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
 
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