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The Ladykillers (2004)

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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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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The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match. See more »

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

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$39,692,139 (USA) (9 July 2004)
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Marva Munson mentions that back in the sixties her congregation had a Jew with a guitar come in to their church. Her last words before leaving the Sheriff's office in the end: "As long as everybody knows." "Everybody Knows": a Leonard Cohen song, whose lyrics contain themes and motifs, some of which one may also spot in this Coen Brothers movie. See more »

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The second time Lump is tackled, it is by the large white player. When he falls, the skinny black player walks by. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheriff Wyner: Unh... Oh! Afternoon, Miss Munson.
Marva Munson: Afternoon, Sheriff. You know the Funthes boy?
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During the end credits the gospel choir is shown performing the end song. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Arranged by Jerry Peters, Bill Maxwell, T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett)
Produced by T Bone Burnett and Bill Maxwell
Performed by The Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir featuring Kristle Murden
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Fun variation on a comedy classic
9 September 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

The original "The Ladykillers" is one of my favorite comedies, a gleefully macabre and witty classic with some outstanding performances, especially Alec Guinness' hysterical performance. It was also distinctively British. Now, I am not nearly as annoyed by remakes as many other filmgoers are- I merely find most of them unnecessary and hence avoid most of them. The only ones I respect are those that attempt to do something different. The Coens are probably my favorite living directors and among the more distinctive currently working, and they certainly put their own spin on an established comedy classic with this film.

I think that the poor reception this film got is largely due to its sense of humor. The Coens' dry wit present in several of their films is present here, mostly through the main character Professor Dorr, portrayed excellently by Tom Hanks in one of his better performances, but there's also a lot of low-brow humor, and not even distinctive or interesting low-brow humor, just 'haha he dropped an f-bomb' sort, which is really at odds with the rest of this film. Really, take out Marlon Wayans and his annoying character and you would have one of the best remakes ever made. Instead you've got this film.

"The Ladykillers", in spite of its awful reputation, is really not a bad film at all. It's got atmosphere, it's beautifully photographed, it's fairly amusing, and the majority of the performances are very good. It's inferior by the Coens' standards but still better than most comedies released in 2004. In addition, although it takes a lot of liberties with the original story, it recreates the most memorable sequences from the original with care and obvious affection, resulting in a hugely entertaining last twenty minutes in which so many memorable images from Mackendrick's classic Ealing comedy are translated to the American south.

This is a minor film for the Coens, but obviously one made with love and affection. It's fairly flawed, but it's also quite amusing and features and outstanding performance from Tom Hanks, an actor I don't normally think is particularly great.

7/10


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