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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

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.

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1949, Santa Rosa, California. A laconic, chain-smoking barber with fallen arches tells a story of a man trying to escape a humdrum life. It's a tale of suspected adultery, blackmail, foul play, death, Sacramento city slickers, racial slurs, invented war heroics, shaved legs, a gamine piano player, aliens, and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Ed Crane cuts hair in his in-law's shop; his wife drinks and may be having an affair with her boss, Big Dave, who has $10,000 to invest in a second department store. Ed gets wind of a chance to make money in dry cleaning. Blackmail and investment are his opportunity to be more than a man no one notices. Settle in the chair and listen. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The last thing on his mind is murder.

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Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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16 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£419,609 (UK) (26 October 2001)

Gross:

$7,494,849 (USA) (22 February 2002)
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Trivia

When Ed visits Doris in prison, a photograph of a circle is seen on the table in front of him - a link both to Circle Films, which was the company behind the Coen brothers in their earlier films, and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)'s circle gag. See more »

Goofs

The telephones seen in Big Dave's office and in Crane's home are early 60s models. The big giveaways are the curly handset cords and the more modern shape of the base and receiver. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ed Crane: Yeah, I worked in a barbershop, but I never considered myself a barber. I stumbled into it. Or married into it, more precisely.
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The opening titles cast shadows on the wall as if they are real. See more »

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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
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awesome!
20 April 2005 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

since i have seen my first coen-brothers movie, i think, it was Fargo, i'm a great fan of these film-makers.

i can't remember how often i watched this movie, because every time i get fascinated by the interesting story and the excellent characters. the slowness of the movie is fascinating. in spite of the slowness i never felt bored. the whole time i'm watching and thinking of the misery ed crane stepped into.

the next highlight is the great soundtrack. Beethoven was and is the greatest composer ever. and the songs of carter burwell are awesome, not only in this movie, in every movie of the coen-brothers.

i recently read in a comment on this movie, that someone could not imagine that somebody around the age of 25 votes high for this movie. I'm 21 and there was nothing that disturbed me.

without doubt the man who wasn't there is one of my favorite movies.


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