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A Simple Plan (1998)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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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>

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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$16,311,763 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Laura Dern and Embeth Davidtz were both in contention for the part later taken by Bridget Fonda. See more »


Damage to front of pickup truck after hitting tree. See more »


[first lines]
Hank Mitchell: [narrating] When I was still just a kid, I remember my father telling me what he thought that it took for a man to be happy. Simple things, really. A wife he loves, a decent job, friends and neighbors who like and respect him. And for a while there, without hardly even realizing it, I had all that. I was a happy man.
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Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
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This movie really makes you examine your own motives.
7 September 1999 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

"A Simple Plan" immediately reminds you of "Fargo". A dull, snowy winter. Men beginning to cheat on a small scale, which then begins to escalate until it becomes out of control. And no one will *like* the ending, but it is the only ending that could make this fine film complete.

It is set in the wintertime. Two brothers come upon a small plane that has crashed. Since there have been no news reports, they rightly assume no one knows about it. There's money inside, lots of money. Everyone knows what the 'right' thing to do is. But what will they do? What would most people do?

The acting, especially Billy Bob Thornton, is excellent. You will watch the film without blinking. You will ask yourself, "what would I do in a similar situation?" Unless you only like light entertainment, you really need to see this film.

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