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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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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 »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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A Thousand Miles  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£139,087 (UK) (21 May 1999)

Gross:

£506,625 (UK) (11 June 1999)
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This was the last film to be produced by the now defunct, short lived independent production company, Savoy Pictures. Originally in 1996, Savoy Pictures filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, however "A Simple Plan" which was originally to be produced solely by Savoy was forced to negotiate co-production deals with other motion picture studios, one being Paramount which picked up the film for a co-production and distribution. See more »

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In the living room after the bar visit someone is holding a beer can. In the following shot there is a bottle in his hands. See more »

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Jacob Mitchell: Do you ever feel evil?
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References 20/20 (1978) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A study in desperation
17 July 2000 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

A Simple Plan is certainly not a simple film, as some reviewers here had hoped it would be. The point is not how simple life is, but how horribly wrong and out of control things can get. This film takes you to the absolute depths of human greed, desperation, and frailty. It is amazing how many evil deeds one can rationalize by believing "and then it will all be over." A Simple Plan is a great character study which makes you think of what you would do in the same situation. At what point would you draw the line? How far would you go to keep millions of dollars all to yourself? The excellent photography adds to the sense of desperation that permeates the whole film. The vast, snowbound landscape is the perfect image for the feelings the main characters have for their station in life: cold, silent, lifeless, unending, and unrelenting.

Don't watch this movie unless you are prepared to see a group of people reach the end of their rope and make a series of life-changing decisions.


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