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A Simple Plan -- 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. Of course, nothing turns out simple...


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Writers (WGA):
Scott B. Smith (novel)
Scott B. Smith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 January 1999 (USA) See more »
Sometimes good people do evil things. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Paxton ... Hank

Bridget Fonda ... Sarah

Billy Bob Thornton ... Jacob

Brent Briscoe ... Lou
Jack Walsh ... Tom Butler

Chelcie Ross ... Carl

Becky Ann Baker ... Nancy Chambers

Gary Cole ... Baxter
Bob Davis ... FBI Agent Renkins

Peter Syvertsen ... FBI Agent Freemont
Tom Carey ... Dwight Stephanson

John Paxton ... Mr. Schmitt
Marie Mathay ... News Reporter
Paul Magers ... Anchorman
Joan Steffand ... Anchorwoman

Jill Sayre ... Hospital Nurse
Wayne A. Evenson ... Bartender

Tim Storms ... Drinker (as Timothy Storms)
Terry Hempleman ... Dead Pilot
Jay Gjernes ... Bearded Man
Grant Curtis ... Bar Patron
Solomon Abrams ... Bar Patron

Nina Kaczorowski ... Bar Patron
Thomas Boedy ... Priest
Mary Woolever ... Linda
Rhiannon R. Sauers ... Girl on Sled
Christopher Gallus ... Boy on Sled
Eric Cegon ... Tommy
Robert Martin Halverson ... Detective
Roger Watton ... Barber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Beard ... Funeral Party Member (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ... Funeral Party Member (uncredited)
Steven Gilmer ... Funeral Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Raimi 
Writing credits
Scott B. Smith (novel)

Scott B. Smith (screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
James Jacks .... producer
Gary Levinsohn .... executive producer
Michael Polaire .... co-producer
Adam Schroeder .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
Film Editing by
Eric L. Beason 
Arthur Coburn 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Art Direction by
James F. Truesdale 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup effects artist
Kamar Bitar .... makeup coordinator
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist (as Lynne Eagan)
Theodore Haines .... special makeup effects technician
Sherry Heart .... hair stylist: second unit
Sherry Heart .... makeup artist: second unit
Garrett Immel .... special makeup effects technician
Karen Keener .... special makeup effects technician
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects supervisor/puppeteer
Jake McKinnon .... special makeup effects technician
Ron Pipes .... special makeup effects technician
Kim Santantonio .... supervising hair stylist
Janeen Schreyer .... supervising makeup artist
Mary Jo Seidl .... assistant hair stylist
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects technician
David Wogh .... special makeup effects technician (as Dave Wogh)
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects artist: prosthetic pregnancy for Bridget Fonda (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe Dishner .... unit production manager
Julie Hartley .... production supervisor: second unit
George Hernandez .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director
George Fortmuller .... first assistant director: second unit
Dave Halls .... second second assistant director
Doug Lefler .... second unit director
Robin R. Oliver .... second assistant director (as Robin Oliver)
Art Department
Alton Anderson .... painter
Joseph Barillaro .... painter
John Barry McMahon .... painter
Adam Beck .... property master: second unit
Curtis Bellows .... painter
John Berger .... assistant art director
Sarah Black .... painter
Chad Busewicz .... painter
Bill Cancienne .... property person
John Alan Champion .... set dresser (as John Champion)
W. Therese Eberhard .... scenic foreperson
Kelly Hemenway .... lead scenic artist (as Kelly Rae Hemenway)
Deeanna Langely .... painter
Kimberly Lawler .... painter
Cyril H. Matthys .... set dresser (as Cyril Matthys)
Scott Nordhausen .... set dresser
Troy Osman .... construction foreperson
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Joel Prihoda .... lead person
Eric Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Michelle Roy .... painter
Rando Schmook .... set designer
Tim Schwob .... construction foreperson (as Timothy R. Schwob)
F. Andrew Scott .... painter
Cathy Shapiro .... painter
Stuart Skrien .... set dresser
Joshua Sundby .... property person
Thomas Torrison .... painter
Scott Troha .... set dresser
Devin Tuuri-Derby .... scenic foreperson
Susan J. Tveit .... art department coordinator (as Suzy Tveit)
Douglas Weatherhead .... painter
William A. Wilson .... set dresser (as William Wilson)
Amie McCarthy Winn .... property master (as Amie McCarthy-Winn)
Norine Joy Francis .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (as David Alstadter)
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Patricia Conaway Lamberti .... digital sound assistant (as Patricia Lamberti)
Harve Cook .... cable person
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor
Nick Kharabadz .... first assistant sound editor (as Nick Kharabadze)
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
Julie Lucas .... foley recordist (as Julie C. Lucas)
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim Moriana)
Philip D. Morrill .... digital sound assistant
Gary Mundheim .... foley editor
Ed Novick .... sound mixer
Christopher O'Donnell .... boom operator
Kelly Oxford .... sound editor (as Kelly L. Oxford)
Alan Rankin .... sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Drew Webster .... mixing recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Nicholas Aune .... snow effects crew
Donald Beaulieu .... snow effects crew (as Don Beaulieu)
Kenneth Coulman .... snow effects crew (as Kenny Coulman)
Matt Eder .... snow effects crew
Mike Gulenchyn .... special effects assistant
Rodman Kiser .... special effects foreperson (as Rod Kiser)
Marc Mahowald .... special effects assistant
Allan Martin .... snow effects crew
John D. Milinac .... special effects supervisor
Paul Murphy .... special effects technician
Aron D. Peterson .... snow effects crew (as Aron Peterson)
Jason Michael Pinski .... snow effects crew
Bryan Relyea .... snow effects crew
Dieter Sturm .... snow effects supervisor
Yvonne Sturm .... snow effects foreperson
Brett Tardiff .... special effects assistant
Nate Courteau .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Will McCoy .... digital compositor
Dave Rand .... digital artist (as David Rand)
John Rauh .... digital compositor
David Stephan .... visual storyboard supervisor (as Dave Stephan)
Brigitte Bourque .... visual effects compositor: Rainmaker Digital (uncredited)
Mark Franco .... visual effects executive producer: Rainmaker Digital Pictures (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera (uncredited)
Jay Caputo .... stunt coordinator
Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Doyle)
James Fierro .... stunts
Eric D. Howell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
Benjamin Meade .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Laura Mae Bobick .... film loader: second unit
Greg Bubb .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit (as Robert Carlson)
Peter Clemence .... second company grip
Ed Dally .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Christopher Devitt .... electrician
Joseph Dianda .... first company grip
Vincent Donohue .... rigging lighting electrician
Milo Durben .... dolly grip
Tom Franchett .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dave Gillen .... electrician
Michael Handley .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (as Mike Handley)
Michael Hoffer .... rigging first company grip
Laura Holzschuh .... film loader (as Laura Holzshuh)
Christopher Hultgren .... rigging electrician (as Chris Hultgren)
George Kohut .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Chris Malone .... electrician
Michelle Mann .... camera remote technician
David Meyers .... gaffer: second unit
Chris Miller .... dolly grip: second unit
Melissa Moseley .... still photographer
Thomas O'Connor .... gaffer
Timothy O'Toole .... video assist operator
Rory Olson .... rigging electrician
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Paul Ryan .... director of photography: second unit
James Schaidler .... grip: second unit
Gary D. Scott .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Gary Scott)
Afshin Shahidi .... second assistant camera
Joseph Slagerman .... electrician (as Joe Slagerman)
Christopher Slater .... rigging electrician (as Chris Slater)
Steve Speers .... film loader
J.R. Thompson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Villars .... rigging grip
Wilson Webb .... electrician
Elan Yaari .... gaffer
Gerhard Riautschnig .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynn Blumenthal .... casting: Minnesota
Nancy Briggs .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kim Miscia .... casting associate
Sonya 'Sonny' Tormoen .... extras casting
David Pollison .... casting associate (uncredited)
Erin Sahlstrom .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Janice Wilde .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Mrnak .... seamstress
Trina Mrnak .... supervising set costumer
Hope Slepak .... costume supervisor
Spence Spensely .... set costumer
Reese Spensley .... key costumer: second unit
Reese Spensley .... set costumer
Susan Strubel .... production assistant: costume department
Editorial Department
Mary Ahmann .... editor intern
Patrick Gallagher .... assistant editor: avid
Lynel Moore .... assistant film editor (as Lynel Moore Cioffi)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Amanda M. Pirkl .... post-production assistant
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Tod Holcomb .... assistant music editor
Artie Kane .... conductor
Marc Mann .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Edrich Siebert .... music arranger: "Auld Lang Syne"
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor
Tom Boyd .... oboe (uncredited)
Ted Masur .... assistant to orchestrator (uncredited)
Stephanie Murray .... score stage administrator (uncredited)
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Arnold .... picture car coordinator
Michael Kennedy .... transportation captain (as Mike Kennedy)
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Leo Skudlarek .... driver: hair and makeup department (uncredited)
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr loop group
Shad Allen .... production assistant
Paul Asplund .... assistant production coordinator
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer
Judi Beecher .... adr loop group
Cheryl Broussard .... production assistant: second unit
Kyle Clementson .... production assistant
Dennis Compton .... technical advisor
Michael Culbert .... assistant: Mr. Paxton (as Michael Colbert)
Grant Curtis .... assistant: Mr. Raimi
Jenni David .... production assistant (as Jennifer David)
Michael Deak .... puppeteer (as Mike Deak)
Tim Drackert .... mechanical special assistant
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop group (as Judi Durand)
Signe Erickson .... production assistant
Greg Finley .... adr loop group
Peggy Flood .... adr loop group
Sean Hartley Francis .... production assistant (as Sean Francis)
Joe Hackett .... adr loop group (as Joe Hacket)
Tony Hanson .... production assistant
Mark Har .... assistant location manager
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group (as Barbara Iley)
Cheryl Harris .... animal trainer
Michelle Harwell .... production assistant: second unit
Anne Healy .... location manager: Ashland
Susan Hegstrom .... production assistant
Bruce Heller .... assistant: Mr. Thornton
Greg Hill .... production assistant
Boysie Jereza .... payroll auditor
Amity Johnson .... production assistant: second unit
Nina Kaczorowski .... assistant: Mr. Jacks
Linda Kuusisto .... script supervisor: second unit (as Linda Kusisto)
Robert Louis Kurtzman .... puppeteer
Jake McKinnon .... puppeteer
Sean McNamee .... assistant: Mr. Thornton
Bob Medcraft .... location manager
Jennifer Moyer .... assistant: Mr. Jacks
Lucia Murillo .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Bob Neill .... adr loop group
Margaret J. Orlando .... assistant production coordinator (as Margaret Orlando)
Jeremy Oswald .... production assistant: second unit
Missy Parker .... production assistant (as Melissa Parker)
David Parr .... production assistant
Susana Preston .... script supervisor
David Randolph .... adr loop group
Lucas Roman .... production assistant: second unit
Peggy Rosson .... auditor (as Peggy Ann Rosson)
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance (as Albert G. Rubens)
Kate Sheeley .... assistant: Mr. Polaire
Barbara Spado .... craft service (as Barb Spado)
Michaelle Sparrow .... assistant auditor
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Michael Swafford .... first assistant auditor
Gloria Tacchino .... assistant: Ms. Fonda
Michelle Theis .... production assistant: second unit
Sonya 'Sonny' Tormoen .... production assistant
Jeff Tyler .... assistant: Ms. Fonda (as Jeffrey Tyler)
James P. Warren .... animal trainer (as Jim Warren)
Lynn Younglove .... production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Eric Chatterjee .... library researcher (uncredited)
Dave Dustin .... set medic (uncredited)
Melissa Elliott .... title designer (uncredited)
Michael Hansen .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Michael Landers .... body double: Bill Paxton (uncredited)
Alyssa Spado .... craft service assistant (uncredited)
Lindy Bartlett .... thanks
Sean Daniel .... thanks
Ross Peterson .... thanks
Rob Tapert .... thanks (as Robert Tapert)
Red White .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence and language
121 min
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The bar scenes were shot in Delano Minnesota. The bar used in the scenes was an old bar that was changed into a private residence in combination with the apartment above. The only real bar in town did not meet filming needs so the crew used the private residence and fixed up the interior to meet the look they were going for.See more »
Continuity: When Hank and Jacob are sitting in the car, the window is up, but when Jacob gets out, the window is downSee more »
Hank Mitchell: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.See more »
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62 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Simply Terrific, 7 February 1999
Author: Steve Baker ( from Cairns Australia

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.

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