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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Poster

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Title taken from the Irish toast: "May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head; may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you're dead."
In the original script, Andrew and Hank Hanson were not brothers. Sidney Lumet made this change to increase the drama of the movie. He also removed the character of Andrew & Gina's daughter.
Sidney Lumet's final film.
In the DVD's Director's commentary, Sidney Lumet says the nude scene between Gina and Hank was shot, Ethan Hawke wanted to make Marisa Tomei, feel more comfortable, and insisted on being nude as well. He further insisted that every male crew member strip naked while filming the scene to accommodate Tomei.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are both in real-life old friends of Marisa Tomei.
Fitting for a movie about parents being betrayed by their children, Hank's daughter is starring in a school production of "King Lear".
In the DVD's Director's commentary, Sidney Lumet stated that in the original script, the character of Bobby Lasorda was supposed to be only 19 years old. The character was made older to make the character seem more realistic and sad.
Sidney Lumet was introduced to digital film techniques through this production and reportedly loved working with digital film, primarily due to it's convenience. This was his first and ultimately only film to be shot in the digital format.
Reunites Albert Finney with director Sidney Lumet. Their previous collaboration was in Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
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Sidney Lumet said that the scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marissa Tomei in the car when Philip Seymour Hoffman has his breakdown was one of the most extraordinary scenes of acting that he had ever been involved with.
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Leonardo Cimino's last film.
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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)
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The high-heeled shoes that Marisa Tomei wears in her nude scene with Ethan Hawke are her own shoes.
A Scrabble board appears on a table in one of the first scenes with the father. The word "Doubt" is prominently displayed on the board. The film Doubt (2008) also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, was released a year after this film.
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The cast features two Oscar winners: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei and five Oscar nominated actors: Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Michael Shannon, Rosemary Harris and Amy Ryan.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene of Andy and Hank robbing the drug dealer was filmed with two simultaneous setups, one on Philip Seymour Hoffman and one on Ethan Hawke to better capture their tension and reactions to each other. Sidney Lumet is experienced with the use of multiple camera setups in a single take from his career in live television.
Andy's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) character is depicted as an upper class drug user, who is seen consuming both cocaine and heroin throughout the film. In real life, the actor died from an acute mixed drug overdose from a speedball of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepine and amphetamine, on February 2, 2014. Before his relapse in 2013, Hoffman had been completely sober for 23 years.
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Body Count: 6.
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