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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

1281

Avg. Rating:

2.91/4

# of Ratings:

144

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/26/2007

DVD Release:

04/15/2008

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Actors:

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Albert Finney
Ethan Hawke
Marisa Tomei
Rosemary Harris
Michael Shannon

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Two brothers hatch a scheme to rob the jewelry store owned by their parents and the ensuing results are disastrous. -- goodfellamike

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Matthew Brady 03/06/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

The film is about two brothers hatch a scheme to rob the jewelry store owned by their parents and the ensuing results are disastrous. This movie was like a Quentin Tarantino film with the back and forward with the story and the characters. the acting is brilliant and the script is fresh and shape.

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dukeakasmudge 09/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Talk about a dyfunctional family!!!! This was the most messed up movie Ive EVER seen.Usually in movies things start off bad for the characters & end up good but this movie went from bad to worse for everybody

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Sgt. Jazoof 02/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Non-linear heist/family drama/suspense- good tension, some impatience felt with reverse time leaps, greta culmination and moral dillemas. Reminiscient of "Headwound".

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Gabe 05/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

Sidney Lumet tried to channel his inner Tarantino with this one. It kind of works, but if you want to see a movie about a jewelry store robbery that goes bad see Resevoir Dogs.

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  Yojimbo
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03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" by Yojimbo

Domineering Philip Seymour Hoffman talks his weak willed younger brother into helping him rob their parents jewelry store to solve both their financial difficulties, but when the heist goes wrong, their lives start to unravel. Sidney Lumet has been making quality thrillers for 50 years, but in his latest effort, he takes a few cues from his younger pretenders. The plot themes have a lot in common with Fargo and A Simple Plan and the execution is reminiscent of Jackie Brown and its familiar disjointed timeline. In fact there is little here that hasn't been done before so don't expect much in the way of originality or surprises. But the quality cast all put in solid performances and Lumet certainly still knows how to pace a story and crank up the suspense. No gimmickry, no pointless frills;...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Franz Patrick
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07/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Modern Greek Tragedy

I thought the first part of the film was fascinating and its plot was as focused as it could be. But as the picture went on, I kind of grew tired of it. I guess it's because the whole jumping forward in time and back technique didn't work for me. Each scene, it made me want to think if certain events had happened already. I think it would've been more effective if the story was told in a linear manner. The acting is first-class--Philip Seymour Hoffman completely blew me away. As the movie went on, he grew increasingly crazy. Though his transformation made me laugh and feel uncomfortable at times, I stayed with him all the way. He made each scene he was in that much more special. Ethan Hawke was great as well. I felt bad for him because he played the moral conscience of the story even thou...

Rating of
3/4 

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