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The Man Who Wasn't There [Paperback]

Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
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17 Sep 2001
The Coens return to the film noir terrain of their debut Blood Simple in this twisting tale of infidelity, blackmail and death. Set in northern California in the late 1940s, it's the story of Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a small-town barber who's dissatisfied with his life. An encounter with a travelling entrepreneur, and the knowledge of his wife's (Frances McDormand) infidelity with 'Big Dave' Brewster (James Gandolfini) presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he hopes will help him to change his luck. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets . . .

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (17 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571212506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571212507
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blinding; a mind-blowing, thought provoking read 29 Jan 2002
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The passive tension of this book beats from every page... Great insights and poignant comment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Coen Brothers are at it again! 30 Nov 2004
By Dr. Louie - Published on Amazon.com
If you like the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink), Alfred Hitchcock, and Rod Serling then you will love this movie. Be prepared to sit back and relax. If you are already tense, this won't help you relax because you will be waiting for things to happen with a movie that shuffles as slowly as Prissy. Don't think I didn't like it because I did...laughed out loud at least 3 or 4 times, but I laughed AT the movie, not with it. If you like weird movies you will love this. I loved it even though it is a little weird. Pure Coen/Hitchcock/Serling!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Script 22 Nov 2001
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Even in their less succesful films, the Coen brothers never fail to deliver something interesting. TMWWT-their latest film, and areturn to the neo-noir territory of Blood Simple-is no exception. Even though it goes slightly off the rails in the last twenty minutes, the film is full of the entertaining oddballs one expects from them. The book is the shooting script, which upon first read doesn't appear to have any deviations from the finished film, along with a three page introduction by their film editor, Roderick Jaynes, in which he discusses the genesis of the title. Good reading for aspiring screen (and other) writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Editor Who Wasn't There 12 Jan 2002
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This latest tale from the Coen Brothers is a perfectly realized portrait of modern man's plight as just another gear in the hair-cutting machine. Dread and laughs abound, in equal measure. And, by the way, Roderick Jaynes, the film editor who introduces the screenplay, doesn't actually exist. Whenever the Coens edit one of their movies themselves, they use "Jaynes" as a pseudonym.
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