Ladykillers

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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.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40245543
UPC 786936239492
UPC 14 00786936239492
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Criminals
Heists
Remake
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Premiere "[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
Directors
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Actors
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Carter Burwell - Original Music By
Diane Delano - Actor
Ethan Coen - Screenplay
Ethan Coen - Editor
Ethan Coen - Director
Ethan Coen, et al - Producer
George Wallace - Actor
Irma P. Hall - Actor
J.K. Simmons - Actor
Joel Coen - Screenplay
Joel Coen - Editor
Joel Coen - Director
John McConnell - Actor
Marlon Wayans - Actor
Roger Deakins - Cinematographer
Ryan Hurst - Actor
Tom Hanks - Actor
Tzi Ma - Actor
William Rose - Based On Movie By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 3510703
UPC 00786936239492
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Is appreciation of The Ladykillers relegated to those who enjoy the Coens' non-traditional ap
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Reviewer
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Hanks' plummy charm is a major compensation as he mixes it up with his ragtag gang: Lump (Ryan Hurst
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Hanks is terrific giving his first flat-out comic performance in years as a wildly eccentric criminal mastermind.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune 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.
Richard Shickel, Time The Coen brothers merrily subvert that standard caper trope.

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