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A Simple Plan (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  22 January 1999 (USA)
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When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Walsh ...
Nancy Chambers
Bob Davis ...
FBI Agent Renkins
FBI Agent Freemont
Tom Carey ...
Dwight Stephanson
Mr. Schmitt
Marie Mathay ...
News Reporter
Paul Magers ...
Joan Steffand ...


Three diverse characters, for the most part intellectually challenged, find a deserted plane with a bag full of millions of dollars inside. They devise a simple plan to keep the money if no-one claims it. Ofcourse, nothing turns out simple... Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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They've worked hard all their lives, but they still can't afford the American Dream. Stealing it is even better. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Miles  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$390,563 (USA) (11 December 1998)


£506,625 (UK) (11 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Bob Thornton was cast when John Boorman was attached to the project. Boorman had been sufficiently impressed by Thornton's performance in Sling Blade (1996). See more »


There is no rear view mirror in Carl's truck. This is visible when the three men are on their way to the downed plane. See more »


Jacob Mitchell: I wish somebody else had found that money.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


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Dark and twisted - classy
17 August 1999 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is not a pleasant film and you are going to have to think a little - if this doesn't sound like your type of movie, stay away! If, however, you like intelligent and peculiar film-making, then you'll probably appreciate A Simple Plan. In an effort somewhat reminiscient of Fargo meets Shallow Grave, this clever, dark, character drama explores some unpleasant ground to produce a quirky and distrubing overall result. I must admit I finished this movie feeling rather unpleasant, but struck by its intellect and striking dialogue and performances. This movie is definitely worth the price of a video. My vote 8/10

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