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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead [DVD]

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Ethan Hawke , Sidney Lumet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001563HYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,673 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.

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30 of 33 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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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely brilliant 19 Jun 2008
Nobody in the reviews seam to speak much about the photo, but that's what I liked best. The whole film looks like a polaroid, or maybe like a faded lomo shot, it's absolutely superb. The images of this film are going to stay with me for a very long time.
The actors are fantastic, I liked the second roles in particular, the tirade of the old diamond dealer (what a character!) is unforgettable. The plot is a somewhat classic heist plot, but with an underlying nagging pessimism.
The only film I can compare this film with, is Magnolia. But where Magnolia has a clean photo and an ultimately optimistic (or at least forgiving) world view, this one stays well anchored in the faded dark greens and bleak portraits of human nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bitter thriller 5 Feb 2014
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.
The superb (and very sadly late) Philip Seymour Hoffman is Andy, a dissatisfied businessman with a ne`er-do-well loser brother Hank, played by Ethan Hawke at full throttle (Hawke being an actor who needs a disciplined director) with the wonderful Marisa Tomei as Andy`s moody wife and Hank`s once-a-week lover.
The brothers, who both need money tout suite, decide to rob their parents` jewellery store. To say that the theft doesn`t go to plan is to understate matters.
Mum & dad are played by a criminally underused Rosemary Harris and the great Albert Finney - in one of the many Yank roles he`s taken on in recent years. He`s still working on the accent...
This is a melodrama (Lumet`s term) in the guise of a thriller, with a chronologically twisted scenario, so we begin with the robbery, then weave our way backwards, as well as forwards, from that pivotal event. I have to say, one or two bits of editing are confusing, but telling this story in this way must have proved a logistical puzzle, to say the least.
This enjoyable if dour film got mixed reviews on realease, and one can see why. Few of the characters are people you`d want to share a drink with, let alone allow into your house, and I was left with an inescapable feeling of "So What" at the end. Yet it is nonetheless a pretty good crime caper/thriller/melodrama, with some good performances, particularly from Marisa Tomei, here in uncharacteristically low-key mode, but whose every gesture and expression speak volumes. She`s always been one of the brightest, feistiest and least affected actresses in Hollywood, and I only wish Lumet had given her more to do.
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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 1 month ago by Jeannie Sloman
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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 4 months ago by Wolfgang C. Bailey
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 5 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 6 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 14 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 16 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film.
Great production, brilliant acting.... a must see thriller. Beware the first scene is very racey on the sex side... glad the wife didn't watch it, might give her idea's ( not)!
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Mr. S. Fletcher
Sidney Lumet crafts his movies to showcase the darker aspects of the American dream, and from 12 Angry Men almost 50 years ago to masterpieces like Verdict,Dog day afternoon,Long... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by doctor oz MB,MRCP
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