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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
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Mr. Schmitt
Marie Mathay ...
News Reporter
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Highly Underrated !!! Guys wake up and Please see this movie and Vote , deserves a Place in IMDb Top 250
7 September 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A simple plan,you may compare it with shawshank redemption and believe me Frank darabont won't mind it.Because this ain't a suspense thriller but with all the things open in the story you will love it.Sometime you will be so involved in the movie that you want to give some advice to the Bill Paxton ,and yes you must not forget about the Academy award nominee performance by the Billy Bob Thornton,the real innocence you can see in him.I don't know what else people were expecting from this movie????? i am curious to know this ! and also i would love to see this movie in IMDb top 250 , I am a movie buff and guys as Baz Luhrmann asked people to trust him on sunscreen i am asking you to trust me on " A simple plan " it worths a rent of 100 $ ,i believe is one of the best of movie that i had ever seen,Best Screenplay , Superb story , Good performances,As a whole i will rate it as 10/10 .

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