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It's all there!
on 24 February 2003
Reading this screenplay makes one realize just how much the Coens impose their personal vision upon their films. If one has seen the film, one can just hear the characters saying their lines: every intonation, every pause, seems accounted for in the prose transcription.
Even if one has seen the film, there are a few good reasons to buy this book. There are a few scenes that don't appear in the final cut which add a little to the characters. The descriptions of characters and locations might shed a little light upon how the Coens want their viewers to see certain things. And most importantly, the screenplay is preceded by an extremely amusing anecdote relating to the mock-'truthfulness' of the film.