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The Ladykillers (2004)

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An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.




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Rosalie Funthes (as Baadja-Lyne Odums)
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A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems. Written by lcheala@imdb.com

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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladykillers  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,634,563 (USA) (26 March 2004)


$788,764 (Australia) (27 August 2004)

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Prior to filming, Tom Hanks had not seen The Ladykillers (1955) as he did not want it to prejudice the way he acted in the remake. See more »


When Dorr is explaining their goings on in the basement, he says they hit a pocket of natural gas (which explains the explosions), knowing what it was by the smell of "rotten eggs". It is a known fact that natural gas has no smell naturally, but is in fact given it by the gas company so leaks can be noticed before they reach lethal levels. See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff Wyner: Unh... Oh! Afternoon, Miss Munson.
Marva Munson: Afternoon, Sheriff. You know the Funthes boy?
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Trouble of This World
Arranged by T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett), Bill Maxwell and Keefus Ciancia
Produced by T Bone Burnett (as T Bone Burnett), Bill Maxwell and Keefus Ciancia
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Not an adequate remake, but rather a reinterpretation
11 May 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Certainly, the Cohens have enough decency to know when a task should be left undone, and when that task is the re-creation and improvement of a comedy classic,they know better than to regurgitate old gags infused with modern flair, or do they?

I will admit that I did enjoy this novel retelling of the Mackendrick classic. I enjoyed Hank's brilliant, earnest, and flawless delivery. I also enjoyed Irma P. Hall's sincerity. I enjoyed the score, the locale, the warm-lazy essence of Mississippi, and the mythological progression of events that is so common in the Cohens' films. Most of all, I enjoyed the charm of this film more-so than its predecessor.

Of course, in deference, the originators deserve their due praise, but this is certainly no simple remake--it's a retelling. Retellings don't need to improve, dazzle, or impress by comparison--they simply are what they are, and this was enjoyable.

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