MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 285 this week

A Simple Plan (1998)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 44,838 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 409 user | 124 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 23 titles
created 05 Mar 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 11 Jul 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 14 Mar 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 16 May 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "A Simple Plan" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Simple Plan (1998)

A Simple Plan (1998) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Simple Plan.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sling Blade (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh
The Gift (2000)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves
Crimewave (1985)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Louise Lasser, Brion James, Paul L. Smith
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly
Thriller | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Los Angeles, after a violent drug rip-off, the Los Angeles Police Department detectives find the identity of the trio - the sadistic I.Q. of 150 and college graduate Lenny "Pluto" ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Franklin
Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams
Darkman (1990)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
It's Murder! (1977)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Cheryl Guttridge
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | | |

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Miles  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£139,087 (UK) (21 May 1999)

Gross:

£506,625 (UK) (11 June 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The clock on the wall in Carl's office, shown while he and Hank are waiting for Neil about 1:45 into the movie, has a name on it of the film's Art Dept Property Master (Amie McCarthy-Winn). See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, the Mitchells appear to look straight out their bedroom window to watch Jacob's pickup coming up the driveway, but a later outdoor shot of the house shows no front window that would provide quite that same view; further, the front windows are a different style. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Mitchell: That man's got a gun, Hank. He's gonna shoot you both.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Discovering 'Evil Dead' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit in the Sky
Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
Courtesy of Trans/Tone Productions
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Simply Terrific
7 February 1999 | by (Cairns Australia) – See all my reviews

Simply one of the best films of the year, perhaps the decade! A Simple Plan is about three men who find a huge amount of money in a plane wreck. They decide to keep the dough. It's like winning the lottery. It's the American Dream except that " you're supposed to work for the American Dream. But that just makes this better" replies one of the characters.

A Simple Plan stars Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton as two Minnesotan brothers Hank and Jacob who find the money with Jake's friend Lou played by Brent Briscoe.

The film is directed by Sam Raimi, the creator of the Evil Dead movies and there are some suitably macabre and funny Evil Dead touches to this masterpiece, although Raimi doesn't botch A Simple Plan up as he did with Sharon Stone's The Quick And The Dead a couple of years ago. This is a restrained, delicate Raimi.

A Simple Plan instead is on one plane a wry incisive comment on the human condition, but it's also a cautionary tale about the evil good men can do.

The characters are fascinating. Paxton as Hank is the brainy one of the three. He's been to college and has a wife (Bridget Fonda) who's just about to have a baby. Jacob is slow and sad with a big touch of goodness about him. His hair is lank, his teeth are dirty, he's in his thirties and has never had a girlfriend.

Jake gets drunk most days and nights with his boozing friend Lou, and both are unemployed. The prospect of a ton of money is as unsettling and exciting to this lot as it would be to any honest person who becomes suddenly very rich unexpectedly and illegally. This find is guaranteed to turn their lives up side down.

But things take increasingly violent turns until A Simple Plan has the air of a Shakespearian tragedy solidly biased by Hitchcockian twists. Add to this Raimi's weird sense of humour and a Coen Brothers, Fargo like frozen air and you have a superb film that will have you laughing uncomfortably as you ponder the extent to which men and women will go nuts and nasty when greed overcomes them.

Quite rightly both Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton are being touted for big acting awards as a result of their work in this marvellous film.


62 of 74 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Which mistake was the dumbest of all? BigEasy1203
Other Films Like This... LappGM
what happened to the kidnap victim? rutica
Downfall of the innocent eraworld
book is way better than the film. CrimsondoubleChin
Another One w/ Bill Paxton and BBT vsturn
Discuss A Simple Plan (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?