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A Simple Plan [DVD]

Bill Paxton , Billy Bob Thornton , Sam Raimi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Q6RIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton) is a humble hardware store manager who, along with his simple brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) and their friend Lou, stumble upon $4.4 million in the smouldering wreck of a crashed plane. They reveal the discovery to Hank's wife Sarah (Bridget Fonda) and she agrees that they should not let the authorities know about the money, at least until the plane is found by the police. However, an FBI agent is already on the trail, and the money rapidly becomes a source of suspicion, greed, and murder.


An endless white landscape of rolling hills and snow-blanketed forests. A lonely acoustic score (by Danny Elfman) playing in the background. A vision of rural simplicity portrayed in hushed tones. The stillness is about to shatter. Brothers Hank (Bill Paxton), an accountant at a small-town feed store, and Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton), an unemployed, hygienically challenged dim bulb, accompanied by Jacob's oafish pal Lou (Brent Briscoe), stumble across a downed plane in the brush containing a corpse and a sack containing millions of dollars--surely the aftermath of a drug deal, they conclude. Greed overcomes good sense, and the three agree to hide the money for a year and keep the secret to themselves. A simple plan indeed, and it doesn't take long for it to go all to hell as the lure of wealth tears at kinship and friendship, and the ruthless machinations of impetuous partners leave a body count in its wake. Bridget Fonda costars as Hank's wife, whose initial hesitation gives way to cold-blooded plotting. Sam Raimi, best known for wowing audiences with stylistic gymnastics and manic mayhem, directs this quietly desperate thriller with chilly restraint, finding its cold, tragic heart in the estranged relationship between Hank and Jacob: the college boy blind to the truth of his own family and the town loser whose tortured soul reveals a humanity lost on his brother (a brilliant performance by Thornton). Adapted by Scott B. Smith from his acclaimed novel. --Sean Axmaker

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** DARK MORALITY TALE **** 15 Oct 2002
Format:VHS Tape
First off, let me tell you that if you want to see a cheerful uplifting movie that will send you off into the night with your faith in the morality and humanity of mankind restored, this aint it!! Stop reading now and go watch something uplifting and sentimental like the fantastic Field Of Dreams or any of Frank Capra's movies.
This is the story of three men who find a plane load of money and decide to keep the cash. A simple plan you might think but of course it's not and things start to go wrong...
Sam Raimi's movie is dark. Did I say dark? I'm sorry I meant very DARK. Bleak even. It's kind of like It's a Wonderful Life but in reverse. However if you like dark movies and love Billy Bob Thornton, you'll love this. If you don't, then don't watch this movie, spend your hard earned cash on something else. This is a great movie, with great performances from all concerned, it just wont be for everyone...
Don't know why it's not available on DVD in the UK though!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Twisted Thriller 27 Oct 2006
Director Sam Raimi crafts this story from the best seller. Set in a cold, wintry rural landscape, Brothers Hank (smart accountant Bill Paxton) and Jacob (dim-witted Billy Bob Thornton), along with Jacob's equally dumb friend Lou (Brent Briscoe), find a downed plane full of four million dollars. The pilot is dead and no one else knows about it. Could it be drug money? Sounds simple. However, family, greed and common sense don't always mix and the story soon goes haywire. No need to give away anything else other than there is an unexpected body count and an ending that will shock. This is one of those sleeper hits that never fails to surprise and delight. Bridget Fonda costars as Paxton's wife who goes through her own metamorphosis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lesser Known "Fargo" 15 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The white winter snows of Minnesota play host to this neat, very good crime thriller. Like the similarly landscaped Fargo, this has a lot more sinister activities going on under the at-first seeming beautiful locations.

Bill Paxton and his wife Bridget Fonda (who is heavily pregnant - again echoes of cop Frances McDormand's character in Fargo) and two unemployed, rather dense brothers stumble across a crashed light plane hidden in a snow drift. Inside is $4,400,000 and a dead pilot, with a crow pecking out his eyeball.

The movie's title is obvious and apt, the Simple Plan being so simple. No-one knew the plane crashed and there's nothing on the news to suggest missing money. But, of course, plans go awry and even the smallest, tiniest errors of judgement have huge implications. Whilst Paxon's character has a job at a feed mill, the other two, being jobless and in debt want their share straight away.

It's a clever, twisting plot, never too obvious or audacious. The characters are all believable and well acted, with Billy Bob Thornton as one of the brothers being Oscar nominated. Also Oscar nominated was the adapted screenplay, confirming both story and script to be top drawer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you ever feel evil? 9 Nov 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
A Simple Plan is directed by Sam Raimi and adapted to screenplay by Scott Smith from his own novel of the same name. It stars Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe, Chelcie Ross and Jack Walsh. Music is by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Alar Kivilo.

The snowy wilds of Midwest America, and two brothers and one friend unearth a crashed plane in the snow that hosts one dead pilot and a duffel bag with over $4 million dollars stashed inside. It's moral quandary time. Keep the money as it's probably drug money anyway, tell the police, or sit on it and wait to see what happens? A decision is made, and it literally turns everyone's life upside down...

Scott B. Smith's novel was perfect for a filmic adaptation, in essence it's classic noir with its small town Americanna setting that houses a moral twist of fate that ultimately sees the town implode from within. How refreshing to find the author adapting his own source material, and not only that, to find that it has also gotten a grade "A" production from Raimi and his team.

The story is in all truth simple, it asks the characters, and us, what to do when finding so much cash? Fate meant they found it and fate then dealt its moral card, from the point the decision is made, nothing will ever be the same. The tale spins the three male characters, and one pregnant wife, into a vortex of bad decision making and misery. Enter paranoia, greed, murder, panic and a whole host of other bad things to upset the equilibrium that once dominated their mundane, but safe, lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Movie 16 Aug 2011
Simple Plan is a simple movie. It features no special effects or bad language; it is a script driven movie. Simple Plan also has brilliant acting, especially from Thorton, who occasionally hits upon almost perfect naturalism. Paxton is brilliant as a white collar hick.

Director Sam Raimi abandons his balls to the wall style to produce a quiet and ultimately sad morality masterpiece. The snow scapes achieve beauty in their own style and add to the feel of the film. All of the elements are here - story, photography, acting, direction, and what ever else I can't think of. Simple Plan is nothing revolutionary, just a piece of remarkable craftsmanship. Given the dearth of good thrillers and the public appetite for thrillers, it's too bad that this film is so overlooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Fargo or Deadfall, try this.
One of my favourite films. Up there with Fargo and Deadfall for snowbound thrillers.
Published 6 days ago by ALLAN908
4.0 out of 5 stars a must see
A real quality film. Brilliant acting & terrific directing. 8/10
Published 2 months ago by johnpaul norris
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of home for me.
Filmed in my hometown -- and a good movie despite that. Nice plot twists and surprisingly good acting even from some of the locals. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Dodridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film...
Published 2 months ago by Ian Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fargo esque film.
An excellent film very similar to the classic film Fargo. All the actors were great and action very suspenseful. Billy Bob fantastic as usual.
Published 3 months ago by M.E. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars a simple plan but an awesome movie
a great movie with bill Paxton and billy bob thornton. A very much under-rated and not well known movie, but has great cast and a great story that you will enjoy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RT Stansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragedy of Shakespearian proportions
One of Sam Rami's finest films.

This terribly tragic morality play depicts how other wise honest, decent people, in this case Bill Paxton can become deeply and fatally... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wiltshire
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple film about greed and jealousy.
A Simple Plan is a terrific film - well written, acted and directed. The snowy landscape well reflects the coldness in the main characters as they try to get the better of each... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
A very subtle and powerful film, leaves you wanting more. It's the precursor to Breaking Bad. Great cast as well!
Published 7 months ago by Jas
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