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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  7 December 2007 (USA)
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When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.



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Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. Written by Carol Green

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Greed. Betrayal. Revenge. Families can be murder. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antes que el diablo sepa que has muerto  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,837 (USA) (26 October 2007)


$7,083,025 (USA) (7 March 2008)

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Andrew 'Andy' Hanson: [to Hank] What's the matter with you? You used to have the world by the balls. Now I don't think you got any.
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User Reviews

In a back-and-forth style, Sydney Lumet's psychological crime thriller is good to watch…

After a cold sex scene, between Andy and Gina, in South America, we know that Andy is a payroll manager who finds himself in a hard economic situation where he badly needs some extra money… We also discover that he has been stealing from his job and using the money to his drug habits… He's also attempting to keep up with his wife, who just might be having an affair…

To solve all their problems, he persuades his brother—a likable loser—to join him in a plan to steal their own parent's small store… Their parents are happily married and proprietors of a jewelry store situated in New York's Westchester County… Sixty thousand dollars is all they'll need to get their life out of desperation…

Three main characters are important in this movie…

First the two brothers… Each of them is a complex individual, threatened with multiple motivations, and sunk into doubts and disappointments… The two are desperate characters, financially and emotionally…

Andy is selfish… He feels that he has never had the love of his father… He is the corrupting influence, turning his brother into an assailant, and his beautiful woman into an adulteress…

Hank is a puppet too weak to resist his brother's wishes… His ex-wife is one of the reasons he needs money as he owes her hundreds in child support…. He longs to regain the confidence he once had with his father…

The third character is their weary and deplorable father Charles Hanson (Albert Finney), especially in the haunting climactic scenes…

Telling you more about the details could lessen the impact of the film, and therefore the entertainment...

Tomei's performance conveys great depth and emotion even with her look, her touch, her particular move…

Lumet's direction is firm, fresh and brutal.

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