The Man Who Wasn't There Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1432

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 116

Theatrical Release Date: 10/31/2001

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Joel Coen

Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Badalucco, Frances McDormand, Jon Polito, James Gandolfini, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: This barber is man no one notices, laconic, chain-smoking and completely stuck in the rut that is his life. That is until he hatches a plan to blackmail his wife and her supposed lover, her boss Big Dave, in order to fun a new dry cleaning business. Too bad his plan immediately falls apart. -- Chris Kavan

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Rating of
3.5/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 04/09/2012

The Man Who Wasn't There is an introspective film noir from the Coen Brothers, understated in its delivery and performances. Some of the wacky characters still pop up, but the film is more of a morose meditation on life and death that slowly builds. The rich black and white cinematography and sparse score help the film create a unique impression.

Rating of
2.5/4

Moviehead - wrote on 04/01/2012

I am disappointed with this movie. Look is good, has its moments but it just is not really good.

Rating of
3.5/4

Snoogans - wrote on 11/06/2011

One of the Coen's best and most underrated.

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Rating of
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"The Man Who Wasn't There" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 04/30/2012

Another film noir homage from the Coen brothers, The Man Who Wasn't There is actually far more in the tradition of the old school than many of their others. Beautifully shot in black and white it also features prominent narration from a rather emotionless Billy Bob Thornton, as well as the usual twists and turns in plot and references to science and pop culture. Thornton gives a typically solid performance as a small town barber who, upon discovering his wife is having an affair with her boss (Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini respectively) decides to gamble all on the mundane (he is the "modern man" after all...) and blackmail him for $10000 to invest in a dry cleaning business. He is discovered however, setting in motion a series of events that causes his life to unravel. It's not …

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Rating of
3.5/4

The Man Who Wasn't There review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/03/2012

Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a suburban barber, married to Doris (Frances McDormand), a bookkeeper in the retail business. "Big Dave" Brewster (James Gandolfini), the boss of Doris, is invited to eat in their place. Ed feels Dave is closer to her wife than he is based on the narration. Frank (Michael Badalucco) explains the dry-cleaning business to Ed during a haircut, who eventually becomes interested in becoming a partner. Ed converses with Birdy Abundas (Scarlett Johansson), a friend's teenage daughter who was playing the piano. Doris becomes a prime suspect in a murder so Ed meets with a lucrative defense attorney named Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub). Ann (Katherine Borowitz), Dave’s wife, visits Ed and reveals something.

The screenplay was fantastic with lines …

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