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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead -- When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelery 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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Writer (WGA):
Kelly Masterson (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 2007 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
No one was supposed to get hurt. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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18 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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Lumet does Tolstoy See more (278 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Andy

Ethan Hawke ... Hank

Albert Finney ... Charles

Marisa Tomei ... Gina

Aleksa Palladino ... Chris

Michael Shannon ... Dex

Amy Ryan ... Martha

Sarah Livingston ... Danielle

Brían F. O'Byrne ... Bobby

Rosemary Harris ... Nanette
Blaine Horton ... Justin

Arija Bareikis ... Katherine

Leonardo Cimino ... William

Lee Wilkof ... Jake

Damon Gupton ... Doctor

Adrian Martinez ... Security Guard
Patrick G. Burns ... Priest

Alice Spivak ... Receptionist

Natalie Gold ... Secretary
Keith Davis ... Attendant
Mateo Gómez ... Doorman (as Mateo Gomez)
Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Grader

Chris Chalk ... Officer

Sakina Jaffrey ... Manager
John Knox ... Desk Sergeant
James Lally ... Agent

Jordan Gelber ... Agent #2

Megan Byrne ... Nurse

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Hospital Receptionist
Guy A. Fortt ... Vendor

Meredith Patterson ... Andy's Secretary
Tom Zolandz ... Junkie
Paul Butler ... Detective
Anita Sklar ... Mourner #1
Josh Mowery ... Mourner #2
Diane Bradley ... Mourner #3

Richard K. Lublin ... Mourner #4
Bob Colletti ... Ambulance Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary DeBellis ... Mall Shopper (uncredited)

Alex Emanuel ... Bartender (uncredited)

Charles Kopelson ... Drunk at Bar (uncredited)
Denis McKeown ... Mourner (uncredited)
Nicholas E. Pagani ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kelly Masterson (written by)

Produced by
Belle Avery .... executive producer
Jane Barclay .... executive producer
David Bergstein .... executive producer
Michael Cerenzie .... producer
Austin Chick .... co-producer
Joel Corenman .... co-executive producer
Carol Cuddy .... line producer
William S. Gilmore .... producer
J.J. Hoffman .... executive producer
Eli Klein .... executive producer
Hannah Leader .... executive producer
Brian Linse .... producer
Jeffry Melnick .... executive producer
Paul Parmar .... producer
Guy Pham .... co-executive producer
Jeff G. Waxman .... co-producer
Sam Zaharis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Ron Fortunato (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Swartwout 
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Lindsay Chag (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Christopher Nowak 
 
Art Direction by
Wing Lee 
 
Set Decoration by
Diane Lederman 
 
Costume Design by
Tina Nigro 
 
Makeup Department
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud .... makeup artist (as Jeong-Hwa Fonklasrud)
Wayne Herndon .... hair department head
Patricia Regan .... makeup department head
Diana Sikes .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... unit production manager
Lilith Jacobs .... post-production supervisor
Patty Willett .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marissa Kaplan .... dga trainee
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
John Silvestri .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master (as Tom Allen)
Chris Dolan .... construction shop electrician
Daniel Dougherty .... construction staff assistant (as Dan Dougherty)
Ann Edgeworth .... assistant property master
Rafael Fraguada .... on set dresser (as Rafael M. Foraguada)
Alex Gorodetsky .... scenic charge
George Kousoulides .... camera scenic
Jim Miller .... construction coordinator
Quang Nguyen .... scenic foreman
Glen Pangione .... shop craft coordinator
Frank Proscia .... key construction grip
Joseph Proscia .... construction grip
Jeffrey Rollins .... props
Kelly Solomon .... art department coordinator
Steve Swanson .... leadman (as Stephen Swanson)
Doug Coleman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alison Ford .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Courtney Aura Freeman .... key art department production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher G. Markunas .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Christine Moosher .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Blythe R.D. Quinlan .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Daniel Rosenfeld .... scenic shopman (uncredited)
Marcia C. Suter .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Christopher Weiser .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Robert Fernandez .... re-recording mixer (as Rob Fernandez)
Gregg Harris .... first boom operator
Thomas Kodros .... sound consultant: Dolby
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Dave Paterson .... re-recording mixer
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... adr editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Damian Volpe .... effects editor
Warren A. Weberg .... second boom operator (as Warren Weberg)
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jay Peck .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... sound recordist: commentary (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Andy Welker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phillip Beck .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
John Stifanich .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunt coordinator
Keith Siglinger .... stunt double: Mr. O'Byrne
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jill Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Cenatiempo .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Colletti .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Peter Epstein .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Marini .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Battle .... grip
Vincent Camuto .... electrician
Howard Davidson .... b dolly grip
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer (as Jerry Deblau)
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant: b camera (as Angelo Digiacomo)
Kenneth Dodd .... best boy electric (as Ken Dodd)
Glen Engels .... best boy grip
Kenneth Fundus .... a dolly grip (as Kenny Fundus)
Kevin Gilligan .... grip (as Kevin Casey Gilligan)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Will Hart .... still photographer
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Denny Kortze .... second assistant a-camera
Eric Leigh .... rigging gaffer
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Gus Limberis .... camera utility (as Constantine Limberis)
Bruce MacCallum .... a camera operator (as Bruce Maccallum)
Adam Miller .... second assistant b-camera
Richard A. Mitchell .... electrician (as Richard T. Mitchell)
Jerad Molkenthin .... electrician (as Jerad W. Molkenthin)
Heather Norton .... first assistant a-camera
Brent Poleski .... grip
Peter Reniers .... b camera operator
Kelly Rutkowski .... best boy rigging electric
Brooke Stanford .... generator operator
Joseph Viano .... best boy rigging grip
David Kavanaugh .... additional electric (uncredited)
William Louthe .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael C. Maronna .... electrician (uncredited)
Craig Pecchia .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
David Woolner .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Erin Mayhugh .... local extras casting (uncredited)
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting associate (uncredited)
Claire Traeger .... casting associate (uncredited)
Adam Vincentz .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlynn Abseck .... set costumer
Nicole Evangelista .... costume supervisor
Chris Ann Pappas .... assistant costume designer
Kate Quinlan .... key costumer
Lucia Lettini .... costumer (uncredited)
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... color timer
Jennifer Lame .... apprentice editor
Jennifer Lilly .... associate editor
Jessica Elvin .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Jesse Morrow .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Josh Olive .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Michael Farrow .... scoring mixer
Tony Finno .... music copyist
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Dean Parker .... assistant: Mr. Burwell
 
Transportation Department
John Canavan .... transportation co-captain
David Conelli .... driver: insert car (as Dave Conelli)
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neill)
 
Other crew
Frymi Biedak .... assistant: Mr. Bergstein
Daniel B. Cone .... set staff assistant (as Daniel Cone)
Grey Cusack .... production intern
Gregg Davis .... stand-in: Mr. Hoffman
Alvaro Donado .... locations coordinator
David Fischer .... set staff assistant
Jason Fritz .... production secretary
Chris Gibson .... set staff assistant
Andy Gilbert .... caterer
Paula Gilmore .... assistant: Mr. Gilmore
Carol Green .... unit publicist
Jim Hale .... production accountant (as James Hale)
Kevin Hall .... office staff assistant
James Hook .... stand-in: Mr. Hawke
Lilith Jacobs .... assistant: Mr. Lumet
Edma Jadan .... on set craft service person
Jason Kadlec .... location scout
Jim Lavin .... stand-in: Mr. Finney
Christopher M. Lewis .... office staff assistant (as Chris Lewis)
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor
Francisco Marcial .... parking coordinator (as Cisco Marcial)
Jonathan S. Marshall .... legal counsel: Marshall Light LLP.
Tracy A. Martin .... assistant: Mr. Cerenzie & Mr. Linse (as Tracy Martin)
Fred Milstein .... completion bond: Cinefinance
Steve Oppenheim .... set staff assistant (as Steven Oppenheim)
Ralph Pellegrini .... location assistant
Patricia Porter .... payroll accountant
Stephanie Rogers .... stand-in: Ms. Tomei
Beth M. Schniebolk .... first assistant accountant
Andrew D. Stocker .... second assistant accountant (as Andrew Stocker)
Daniel Strol .... location manager
Nicholas Thomason .... assistant production office coordinator (as Nick Thomason)
Jamie Waxman .... accounting clerk
Abigail Zealey Bess .... assistant location manager
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Wendy Benge .... production attorney (uncredited)
Brandon Blake .... legal services: Blake & Wang P.A. (uncredited)
Kate Bogle .... production assistant (uncredited)
Glenn Ferrara .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Hershkowitz .... production intern (uncredited)
Michael C. Lizzio .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Richard Martin .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Sara Murphy .... assistant: Philip Seymour Hoffman (uncredited)
Griffin Newman .... production intern (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Daniel Silverman .... film recorder (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Jesse Toledano .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Priti Trivedi .... additional production secretary (uncredited)
Christian Vendetti .... staff production assistant (uncredited)
Han West .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Neil Criscuolo .... thanks (as Sgt. Neil Criscuolo)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language
Runtime:
117 min | Canada:123 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS (as dts)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of two films released in the same year co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman which center around sibling relationships. The other is The Savages (2007)See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Charles phones the police department looking for Detective Barrett to check up on his wife's case, the phone is answered by the greeting "22nd Precinct". The 22nd Precinct is the NYPD Central Park Precinct in Manhattan. Follow-up on a case out of Westchester, where the crime took place, would either be a Brooklyn precinct since we learned that Bobby LaSorda was from Red Hook, Brooklyn or with the Midtown North Precinct (also known as the 18th), the home of NYC's diamond district, the most likely known destination for the would-be stolen loot within local NY law enforcement. There would be no reason to phone the Central Park Precinct.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew 'Andy' Hanson:We don't want Tiffany's. We want a Mom and Pop operation, in a busy place, on a Saturday when the week's takes go in the safe. We both worked there. We know the safe combinations. We know the burglar alarm signals. We know where everything is. I figure, between the week's take, the jewelry and the cases, the vault, there's a $500,000 haul. I figure probably six. The old dumb old lady that works there, she's alone till noon. She's not going to be a problem.
Henry 'Hank' Hanson:Andy...
Andrew 'Andy' Hanson:Yeah?
Henry 'Hank' Hanson:That's mom and dad's store.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Blame It on Rio (1984)See more »
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FAQ

But his father then drives right past his parked car, so Hank knows that it's him. Does the father normally drop off Doris at work?
When Charles kills Andy in the end, is it because of revenge for his wife's death or to spare his son jail time?
Why Doesn't Hank Know His Mother is Working?
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72 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Lumet does Tolstoy, 23 March 2008
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

Sydney Lumet hasn't had a box office hit in 20 years and yet at 83 has managed to churn out a tight, well-cast, suspenseful thriller set in his old stamping ground, New York City. (How he got insurance, let alone the budget after all those flops, is a mystery also). The story is a pretty grim one and the characters are not particularly likable but it held me on the edge of my seat till the final scene.

Two brothers with pressing financial problems conspire to rob a suburban jewelry store owned by their elderly parents. The only victim is going to be the insurance company. The robbery goes awry and two people die. Most of the film is concerned with the aftermath. The action is non-linear and seen from the main character's differing points of view, but it is not difficult to follow. What is not so easy to work out is the back story – how did the brothers get into such a mess? There are clues – the younger brother being the baby of the family is his fathers' favorite while the older brother seems to be carrying a lot of baggage about his relationship with his father, and vice versa, but that hardly accounts for him becoming a heroin-using murdering embezzler.

As the scheming older brother, a corpulent Philip Seymour Hoffman dominates the film, but he is well supported by Ethan Hawke as his bullied, inadequate younger brother. Albert Finney as their father seems to be in a constant state of rage but then the script calls for that. Marisa Tomei as the older brother's cheating wife at the age of 42 puts in the sexiest performance I've seen in many a year. The film literally starts with a bang, but we are out of that comfort zone pretty quickly.

I don't know the origins of this story by first time scriptwriter Kelly Masterton but I suspect that like Lumet's great 70's film "Dog Day Afternoon" it is based on fact – it's too silly to be untrue. Lumet is just about the last of those immensely versatile old-time craftsman studio directors who with immense speed were able to direct just about anything that was put in front of them. Some great films were produced that way as well as some classic turkeys. This isn't a classic of either sort – it's a well-crafted piece of downbeat entertainment. It will probably leave you feeling that you were lucky not be a member of a family as dysfunctional as this one, but still wondering as to how they got that way. We do know the parents were happy but we see so little of the mother and hear so little about her it is impossible pick up on her relationship with the boys. (There is also a daughter whose presence seems redundant). Well, like Tolstoy, we have to conclude that "each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way".

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