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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead [Blu-ray]

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Ethan Hawke , Sidney Lumet    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Aleksa Palladino
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Kelly Masterson
  • Producers: Austin Chick, Belle Avery, Brian Linse, Carol Cuddy, David Bergstein
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001563I48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Noir-ish crime-thriller from acclaimed director Sidney Lumet, about two money-hungry brothers who plan to rob their parents' business. When debt starts snapping at the heels of broker Andy Hanson (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), he comes up with a plan to solve his problems. Roping in his initially sceptical brother Hank (Ethan Hawke) with claims that 'nobody gets hurt, everybody wins', the pair target their parents' jewellery store, which they both know inside out. Events, however, take a turn for the worse when the would-be robbers meet with some unexpected resistance, setting in motion a chain of events that change the family's future forever.

Product Description

Master filmmaker Sidney Lumet directs this absorbing suspense thriller about a family facing the worst enemy of all - itself.

Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is an overextended broker who lures his younger brother, Hank (Ethan Hawke) into a larcenous scheme: the pair will rob a suburban mum-and-dad jewelry store that appears to be the quintessential easy target. The problem is, the store owners are Andy and Hank's actual mum and dad and, when the seemingly perfect crime goes awry, the damage lands right at their doorstep.


  • Actors

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Paul Butler, Leonardo Cimino, Arija Bareikis, Alex Emanuel, Jack Fitz, Rosemary Harris, Blaine Horton, Sarah Livingston, Aleksa Palladino, Amy Ryan & Michael Shannon

  • Director

Sidney Lumet

  • Certificate

15 years and over

  • Year


  • Screen

Widescreen 16.9

  • Languages

English - DTS-HD Master Audio

  • Subtitles

English for the hearing impaired

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May you be in heaven half an hour... 11 July 2008
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a thoroughly diabolical tale of just how bad things can go wrong. A simple robbery. Pick up some serious change. Get our finances together and everything will be hunky-dory. But--mom and pop's jewelry store? No problem. Insurance pays for it all. No guns. Nobody gets hurt. Easy money.

Older, more successful (it would appear) brother Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has a few minor problems. Heroin addiction, cocaine habituation. A wife (Marisa Tomei) that...well, he can't seem to perform for. His flat belly days long gone. Younger, sweet, slightly dim-witted younger brother, Hank (Ethan Hawke) with a few dinero problems of his own. Behind in child support payments for his daughter, in debt to friends and relatives, not exactly wowing them in the work of work, etc.

Sydney Lumet, in this performance at the age of 82 (!), directs and gets it 99.99 percent right, which is hard to do in a thriller. I have seen more thrillers than I can remember and most of the time the director gets the movie printed and lives with the plot holes, the improbabilities, the cheesy scenes, and the hurry-up ending. Here Lumet makes a thriller like it's a work of art. Every detail is perfect. The acting is superb. The plot has no holes. The story rings true and clear and represents a tale about human frailty that would honor the greatest filmmakers and even the Bard himself.

Hoffman of course is excellent. When you don't have marquee, leading man presence, you have to get by on talent, workmanship and pure concentration. Ethan Hawke, who is no stranger to the sweet, little guy role, adds a layer of desperation and all too human incompetence to the part so that we don't know whether to pity him or trash him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When LED ZEPPELIN released "In Through The Out Door" in 1979 (their last studio album) - the famous design company HIPGNOSIS provided them with six different album covers hidden behind outer brown paper bags (the sleeves were identified as A, B, C, D, E and F on the spines). The wordless cover shot is a photo of a man sat on a barstool lighting a piece of paper with a match while five other people watch him do it - a barman, drinkers, a hooker in the corner over by the jukebox etc. So each of the six sleeves is the man lighting the piece of paper - but from their viewpoint - front (barman), sideways (drinker), behind (hooker)...

I mention all of this because Sidney Lumet's 2007 "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" is the cinematic equivalent. The bulk of the film is a jewellery heist that goes disastrously wrong - but told from different angels and at different times. We get the day of the robbery, three days before the robbery, hours after the robbery. And each time we revisit a scene - we see the same stuff and people - but with more information presented to us that shows how and why the whole thing came apart - and more importantly - the truly horrible consequences that follow on from lies and greed.

30-something New Yorker's Andrew and Hank Hanson (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) have major financial problems. Hank (Andy's younger brother) has a daughter with his embittered and estranged wife Martha (Amy Ryan) who keeps demanding alimony payments and trips to The Lion King that he simply can't afford. Andy is adrift - his job - his love life - his kid - and his general lack of spunk towards people and decisions are quickly making him look like and feel like a loser.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Kelly Masterson. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, Rosemary Harris and Amy Ryan. Music is scored by Carter Burwell and cinematography by Ron Fortunato.

Two brothers with differing financial problems plan to rob their parents' jewellery store. But when all does not go to plan and tragedy strikes, it sends them, and those close to them, into a world of fear, shame and violence.....

It opens with a raunchy sex scene, man and wife in the throes of committed passion, for these brief moments there is pleasure. Once over, though, it proves to be a false dawn, the last time anyone on screen will taste pleasure in Lumet's biting morality tale. From here on in the film unfolds in a dizzying array of multi-perspectives and over lapping of narrative structure, a three pronged assault on the senses as a family implodes in a haze of greed, lies and inadequacies. A botched robbery underpins the plotting, the aftermath of which is what is most cutting, we zip around learning the wherewithal and whys of the key players, learning exactly what we need to know to fully immerse in this bleak world. This is a world populated by love cheats, drug abuse, embezzling, bad parenting and blackmail, a world where the brothers Hanson (Hoffman & Hawke) now dwell, either ill equipped (Hawke's Hank) or stuck between idiocy and smug evil (Hoffman's Andy). Their folly, their greed, impacting with a juddering severity on the family circle.

My life, it doesn't add up. Nothing connects to anything else. I'm not the sum of my parts. All my parts don't add up to
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Published 20 days ago by wayfarer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent just what I wanted. A great price and fast shipping form an excellent seller. Highly recommended A +++++++++++
Published 1 month ago by doberella
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it because the film was faulty!
Intensely irritating - had looked forward to a Phillip Seymour Hoffman film fest and this was the SECOND film that was faulty - it pixillated ten minutes in, lost the sound and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie Sloman
4.0 out of 5 stars This new amazon stuff is s***
I am not a fan of the new layout of lovefilm. It's making me write a review to add a rating. It also keeps trying to push me to the streaming service, in which I am not interested. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wolfgang C. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars A bitter thriller
A sour late film from that variable master of realistic cinema Sidney Lumet, an actors` director (as the `Making Of` extra feature makes clear) and a good storyteller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Seriously this film sizzles. It's just brilliant. I watched it in the cinema and just didn't want to blink, it's like watching a car crash, you are drip fed the story bit by bit... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
It's a while since I watched this, and in fact I should get it out for another airing, because it is a great film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. S. Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Good service and good price, arrived promptly and well packed. Product was exactly as described all in all very good.
Published 16 months ago by Sheila Rowbottom
2.0 out of 5 stars It Surely Will Not Be to Everyone's Taste
"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," (2007) another suspenseful meditation on New York life by director Sidney Lumet, who's made many a suspenseful thriller in that city (Prince... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work
A highly recommended film , it is , as Sidney Lumet says himself in the (unusually) interesting interview on the disc , not really a thriller but more of a melodram , but without... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by I. Stuart
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