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A Simple Plan

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Sam Raimi

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About the Movie

Based on Scott Smith's bone-chilling blockbuster 1993 novel, A Simple Plan is a bit of a departure for horror-film director Sam Raimi. Instead of flying eyeballs and dancing corpses, A Simple Plan is a taught crime thriller in the vein of Joel Coen's Academy Award-winning Fargo. Set during the white winters of Minnesota, this story tells the eerie tale of Hank and Jacob Mitchell (played by Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with a buddy, find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying four million dollars in one-hundred-dollar bills. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow is melted and the plane is found. If no one notices the missing money at that time, they will split it and live a wealthy new life. A simple plan, right? Wrong. Much like Humphrey Bogart's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, things can only get worse, as distrust and greed creep into the minds of the principles. They find it difficult to decide which one gets to hold the money — and even more impossible to keep from dipping into the stash until spring. And so on. It also becomes increasingly tough to keep a secret of this magnitude. And if all this doesn't get movie-goers' right-brains working, it seems there are suspicious characters in town who just may be able to link them to the plane, forcing the more dangerous and bloody question of what to do with those people and how to cover their tracks.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A Simple Plan is lean, elegant, and emotionally complex - a marvel of backwoods classicism. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 29, 2013

Fresh: Perfect capers gone horribly, inexorably awry have always kept audiences squirming. But just when we think we've seen it all, Raimi offers a few new wrinkles. – Glenn Lovell, Variety, Jul 29, 2013

Fresh: As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jul 29, 2013

Fresh: [Raimi] austerely rejects hyped-up camera tricks and jokey shock effects and creates living, complex characters whose fates we care about. The result is easily his finest film to date. – Sight and Sound, Jul 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

All-Star Cast + Sam Raimi = Perfect

This is just an amazing movie. The story about how some simple folks come up with a simple plan and everything gets too complex for any of them to handle. I cannot suggest this movie strongly enough.

Awesome!

This movie is fantastic. The plot, characters, and scenery are amazing. I recommend buying this movie. You won't regret it.

An Under Rated Movie!! 1 of The BEST!!!

Just buy it trust me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!