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Ladykillers (2004)

Director: Joel Coen Ethan Coen     Starring: Tom Hanks
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40245543
UPC: 786936239492
UPC 14: 00786936239492
Category Keywords: Crime  Criminals  Heists  Remake  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.
When a gang of so-called 'experts' headed by Dr.dorr attempt the heist of the century, they realize that they have seriously underestimated their upstairs landlady, the church-going Mrs.munson. When Mrs.munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious 5 decide to do her in.

"Hanks is terrific giving his first flat-out comic performance in years as a wildly eccentric criminal mastermind.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Done with an enticing mixture of lacerating comedy, lush Roger Deakins cinematography, robust acting and juicy lines, the Coens' Ladykillers is often glorious fun to watch.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Coen brothers merrily subvert that standard caper trope.  Richard Shickel, Time

Editor's Note
It is always difficult to try to recreate a classic movie, so Joel and Ethan Coen took the premise of Alexander Mackendrick's beloved 1955 Ealing Studio caper comedy, THE LADYKILLERS, as the basis for coming up with their own entertaining and bizarre remake. Tom Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D., a would-be professor who talks his way into the root cellar of Mrs. Munson (Irma P. Hall), where he and his supposed band will practice their "Renaissance music." But they are actually plotting to tunnel through to steal a mint from a riverboat casino. The motley crew of incompetent criminals includes Marlon Wayans as Gawain MacSam, a hip-hoppity thug pretending to be a janitor; J.K. Simmons as movie prop man and demolition "expert" Garth Pancake, who has problems with intestinal bowel syndrome; Tzi Ma as the General, a Vietnamese tunnel rat with a Hitler mustache; and Ryan Hurst as a pathetically dumb football wannabe named Lump. Just when they think all is going well, they run into a curious Mrs. Munson, who smells something funny. The film includes several exhilarating Gospel scenes set in southern churches, and lots of riotous site gags. The Coen brothers have done it yet again.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/29/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3510703
Video UPC UPC: 00786936239492
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Diane Delano
Video Cast Info George Wallace
Video Cast Info Irma P. Hall
Video Cast Info J.K. Simmons
Video Cast Info John McConnell
Video Cast Info Marlon Wayans
Video Cast Info Ryan Hurst
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Tzi Ma
Video Cast Info Carter Burwell - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Editor
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Director
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen, et al - Producer
Video Cast Info Joel Coen - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Joel Coen - Editor
Video Cast Info Joel Coen - Director
Video Cast Info Roger Deakins - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Rose - Based On Movie By

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"What keeps the movie going - aside from the rambunctious performances of Ms. Hall and Mr. Hanks - is the Coens' obsessive devotion to the American vernacular." 03/26/2004 p.E13

Los Angeles Times
"[Hanks] works energetically to find the character under the costume and he plows through the screenplay's reams of purple prose with sonorous dexterity." 03/26/2004 p.E1

Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n enjoyably screwy, mad-as-a-hatter remake of the 1955 Alec Guinness comedy." 04/02/2004 p.42-4

USA Today
"Those seeking a quirky and clever comedy should hightail it to THE LADYKILLERS..." 03/26/2004 p.3D

Sight and Sound
"The dialogue is predictably a treat..." 07/01/2004 p.54

"[D]elightful....[T]he Coens' stylish touch manages to give a holy aura to both the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and a garbage dump in the middle of the Mississippi." 10/01/2004 p.115

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
Is appreciation of The Ladykillers relegated to those who enjoy the Coens' non-traditional ap

Rolling Stone 5 of 10
Hanks' plummy charm is a major compensation as he mixes it up with his ragtag gang: Lump (Ryan Hurst - Peter Travers

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hanks,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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