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The Ladykillers -- An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Ethan Coen 
Joel Coen 
Writing credits
Joel Coen (screenplay) &
Ethan Coen (screenplay)

William Rose (movie "The Ladykillers")

Produced by
John Cameron .... co-producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Joel Coen .... producer
David Diliberto .... associate producer
Robert Graf .... associate producer
Tom Jacobson .... producer
Barry Josephson .... producer
Barry Sonnenfeld .... producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson (supervising art director) (as Richard Johnson)
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Paul LeBlanc .... hair designer (as Paul LeBlanc)
Amy Schmiederer .... key makeup artist
Ron Snyder .... assistant makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... key makeup artist (as Daniel Striepeke)
Linda Villalobos .... key hair stylist
Bryan Whisnant .... assistant hair stylist
David Beneke .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Cleve Gunderman .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Cameron .... unit production manager
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production supervisor
Robert Graf .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director (as Pete Dress)
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Jonathan McGarry .... second assistant director
Marc Newland .... dga trainee
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... ink and leads
Paige Augustine .... assistant set decorator
Dawn Brown .... set designer (as Dawn Brown Manser)
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor
Dianne Chadwick .... graphic designer
Curtis Corbitt .... property assistant (as Curt Corbitt)
Chris Cummings .... art department coordinator
Vincent D'Aquino .... greens gang boss
James M. Davis .... general foreman (as Jim M. Davis)
Val Drake .... sculptor gang boss (as Val I. Drake)
Lucy Jacobson .... art department assistant
Scott G. Jones .... set dressing foreman
Noelle King .... set designer
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
Barbara Lange .... art department assistant
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dressing gang boss (as Leslie Linville)
Annie Lukowski .... art department assistant (as Annie Lynch)
Scott Lukowski .... illustrator
Kevin Mangan .... greens coordinator
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Monica Perez .... assistant property master
Sara Philpott .... set dressing coordinator
James Van Houten .... lead sculptor
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman (as Mark C. Weissenfluh)
Christina Ann Wilson .... assistant art director (as Christy Wilson)
Pedro Barquin .... on set greens (uncredited)
Richard J. Bell .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shane Buckallew .... plaster gang boss (uncredited)
Richard Crain .... propmaker gang boss (uncredited)
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Fernandez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cameron Matheson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott Owen .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Passanante .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Jason Puga .... painter (uncredited)
Eric S. Saperstein .... painter (uncredited)
Bruce G. Smith .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Timothy Vierra .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Kelly Doran .... sound utility
Mark Filip .... apprentice sound editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound designer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising dialogue editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Paul Hsu .... sound effects editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter F. Kurland .... production sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
George A. Lara .... foley supervisor (as George Lara)
Hal Levinsohn .... dialogue editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Cate Montana .... assistant sound editor
Greg Orloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor (as Jeff Stern)
Paul Urmson .... sound effects editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Lewis Goldstein .... sound designer (uncredited)
Eric Harwood .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley librarian (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney Jr. .... special effects technician (as Pete Chesney)
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Bruce Allan Donnellan .... special effects foreman (as Bruce Donnellan)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects technician
Emmet Kane .... special effects technician
Al Marangoni .... special effects foreman (as Albert Marangoni)
Phil Notaro .... key set special effects foreman
Steve Austin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Blair Foord .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Shaun Glendenning .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Don Lanning .... props (uncredited)
Thomas Pelton III .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Stanton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Paul Vigil .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Zinskey .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Allen .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Jesse Andrewartha .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Steve Avoujageli .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Mike Dalzell .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Matt Dessero .... composite supervisor: ESC Entertainment
Christina Drahos .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Janeen Elliott .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Mohen Leo .... digital effects supervisor: ESC Entertainment
Kimberley Liptrap .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Ed Mendez .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Kira-Anne Pelican .... visual effects producer: ESC Entertainment
Thomas Proctor .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment (as Tom Proctor)
Steve J. Sanchez .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects supervisor
Davi Stein .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Ryan Michael Todd .... digital effects artist: ESC Entertainment
Janet Yale .... visual effects producer: ESC Entertainment
Tony Abejuro .... matchmover (uncredited)
Matthew Adams .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jeremy Beadell .... digital operations manager (uncredited)
Randy Bosh .... digital archivist: New Deal Studios (uncredited)
Timothy Michael Cairns .... quality control supervisor: EFILM/Panavision (uncredited)
Jen Cantwell .... paint/roto artist (uncredited)
Trevor Cawood .... technical director: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Michael Jared Clausen .... character animator: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Thomas A. Davila .... president: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Dan Dixon .... modeler (uncredited)
Fabian Elmers .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Christopher J. Eng .... modeler: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Ken Faiman .... virtual cinematography (uncredited)
Brian Freisinger .... lead modeler: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Ed Fuller .... visual effects editor: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Matthew Gratzner .... miniature effects supervisor: New Deal Studios, Inc. (uncredited)
Jericho Green .... modeler (uncredited)
Lyndal Heathwood .... paint/roto artist (uncredited)
Allen Hemberger .... color & lighting (uncredited)
Ryan Hopkins .... visual effects technical director (uncredited)
Tristan Ikuta .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Ntana Key .... digital intermediate color assistant (uncredited)
Jason Kisvarday .... model maker (uncredited)
Derek Krauss .... digital paint & rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Oystein Larsen .... visual effects technical director (uncredited)
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Kevin Lin .... quality control coordinator, digital intermediate: Efilm/Panavision (uncredited)
Lisa Maher .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
Andres Martinez .... visual effects (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Olivier Maury .... research and development: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Neil Michka .... animator (uncredited)
Tadao Mihashi .... visual effects: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Seth F. Miller .... roto/paint artist: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Noah Mizrahi .... character animator (uncredited)
Natalya Lissa Mortimer .... 3D texture painter (uncredited)
Andrew Pearce .... senior software manager (uncredited)
Steve Rheinfrank .... CGI modeler (uncredited)
Jose Samson .... modeler (uncredited)
Joey Santana .... assistant visual effects editor: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Janelle Schneider .... texture painter (uncredited)
Steven J. Scott .... digital intermediate colorist: EFilm (uncredited)
Lesley Tsina .... production coordinator: LIDAR Services VFX (uncredited)
Nowell Valeri .... matchmove artist: ESC Entertainment (uncredited)
Matthew A. Ward .... pre-visual animation lead (uncredited)
Matthew A. Ward .... shot designer (uncredited)
Scott Williston .... lead miniature painter (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Hiro Koda .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Brandon Molale .... stunts
Allen Robinson .... stunts
Charles Grisham .... stunt double (uncredited)
Hiro Koda .... stunt double: Tzi Ma (uncredited)
Kurt D. Lott .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Darrin Prescott .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Reid .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Allen Robinson .... stunt double: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
Tony Snegoff .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Blakeslee .... second assistant camera (as Joshua Blakeslee)
Julian de la Pena .... assistant chief lighting technician
Clinton Dougherty .... camera operator (as Clint Doherty)
Paul Goldhammer .... camera loader
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Robert Gray .... key grip (as Bob Gray)
Quinn Grove .... best boy grip
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
Sean Hellfritsch .... camera intern
Raymond Michels .... key rigging grip (as Ray Michels)
Chris Napolitano .... rigging gaffer
Edward R. Nedin .... rigging best boy (as Edward Nedin)
Alfred E. Smithey .... best boy rigging grip (as Alf Smithey)
Randy Woodside .... chief lighting technician
Russell Ayer .... electrician (uncredited)
James Barrett .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Buscaglia .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl R. Cantrell .... electrician (uncredited)
Will Dearborn .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ric Delgado .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Dumas .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Durling .... dimmer operator (uncredited)
Rick Grover .... second unit: key grip (uncredited)
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip (uncredited)
Chava Monjaraz .... grip (uncredited)
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Bruce Sharp .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jas Shelton .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Larry Sushinski .... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Zvorsky .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate
Elena Cizmaric .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting (uncredited)
Sarah Tackett .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vicente Aguilar .... tailor
Leo Arellanes .... tailor
Wyatt Bartlett .... set costumer
Lori DeLapp .... costume supervisor (as Lori De Lapp)
Jenny Eagan .... costumer
Diana Edgmon .... costumer
Annie Garrity .... costumer
Alix Hester .... costumer
Tasha Le Mel .... costumer
Maria Lorenzana .... costume assistant (as Maria Labbe)
Andrew Slyder .... set costumer
Christine Wada .... costumer
Jenny Eagan .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
Dana Embree .... costumer (uncredited)
Giselle Spence .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terra Bliss-Alvarez .... digital intermediate producer (as Terra Bliss)
Emily Calederone .... post-production assistant
Catherine Farrell .... post-production coordinator
Katie Mcquerrey .... first assistant editor (as Katie McQuerrey)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Steven J. Scott .... color timer (as Steve Scott)
Ian Silverstein .... assistant editor
Neil A. Stelzner .... associate film editor
Judith Babcock .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Jeff Schweikart .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jill Berliner .... music legal services (as Jill Berliner Esq.)
Fernand Bos .... music editor
T Bone Burnett .... executive music producer
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Keefus Ciancia .... associate music producer: hip-hop
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Danny Ferrington .... period music instruments
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Rickey Grundy .... choir leader
Peewee Hill .... musician: bass guitar
Todd Kasow .... music editor
William Kennedy .... musician: drums
Debra MacCulloch .... music legal services
Linda Maiden .... soloist: "Let the Light from the Lighthouse Shine On Me" singer
Tony Maiden .... musician: guitar and vocals
Bill Maxwell .... associate music producer: gospel music
Howard McCrary .... soloist: "Let the Light from the Lighthouse Shine On Me" singer
Sam McCrary .... musician: bass vocals
Sydney Negley .... soundtrack coordinator
Sandra Park .... musician contractor
Dean Parker .... assistant to composer
Mike Piersante .... music engineer
Louis Price .... soloist: "Let the Light from the Lighthouse Shine On Me" singer
Chris Robertson .... music clearances
Ivy Skoff .... soundtrack production manager
Sharon Yamada .... concert master
Seth Boggess .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Kevin Mitchell .... support: soundtracks (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Timmy Olmstead .... assistant engineer (uncredited)
Jason Stasium .... digital score recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Ripple .... transportation dispatcher
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
Other crew
Janine L. Aines .... animal trainer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Greg Burkart .... additional assistant accountant (as Greg Burkhart)
Jules Carideo .... production coordinator
Gloria Castro .... alteration fitter
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Jenny DeArmitt .... production secretary (as Jenny Dearmitt)
Yoshi Enoki Jr. .... key assistant location manager
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... assistant production coordinator
Ed Godfrey .... assistant location manager: Mississippi
Allan Graf .... football coordinator
Jason Cooper Hall .... assistant to producers
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach (as Liz Himmelstein)
Ryan Hintz .... second assistant accountant
Drew P. Houpt .... production office assistant (as Drew Houpt)
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor (as Tom Johnston)
Kathy Kelehan .... title producer
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
David R. Lawson .... medic
James Lin .... location manager
Jackie Martin .... animal trainer (as Jackie Kaptan)
Amy McKenzie .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Ted Meyer .... production office assistant
Cristie Miele .... animal trainer
Murray Miller .... location manager: Mississippi
Patricia Mary Murphy .... serious matters
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Taylor Phillips .... key set production assistant
Kara Place .... set production assistant
Sooki Raphael .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Ferguson Reid .... medic (as Dr. Ferguson Reid MD)
Ian Savage .... assistant: Messrs. Coen
Meghan Schafer .... animal trainer (as Meghan Schaeffer)
Beatrice Scott .... assistant: Ms. Hall
Cheryl Shawver .... animal trainer
Todd Spears .... payroll accountant
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist (as Louise A. Spencer)
Clay Valenti .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Emma Baksi .... assistant: Marlon Wayans (uncredited)
Jon Donahue .... photo double: Mr. Hanks (uncredited)
Jon Donahue .... stand-in: Mr. Hanks (uncredited)
Ben Dukes .... stand-in: Mr. Hurst (uncredited)
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post (uncredited)
Michael Gerald .... stand-in (uncredited)
Daphne A. Guichard .... set medic (uncredited)
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Rob Kalmbach .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave McComb .... construction accountant (uncredited)
George A. Parker .... technical supervisor: preview (uncredited)
Scott Pitman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Keith Potter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anthony Reynolds .... stand-in: JK Simmons (uncredited)
Ryan Schnizlein .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Buzz Visconti .... first aid (uncredited)
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
George M. White .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mr. Hand .... special thanks
Joe Pecknik .... special thanks (as Joe Peknik)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language including sexual references
104 min
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Several times at the beginning of the film, when Mrs. Munson is complaining about a neighbor's loud music, she repeats lyrics to the song to illustrate her displeasure. The song is "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" (1990), by A Tribe Called Quest.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Pancake claims to have come to Mississippi as part of the Freedom Riders movement in 1964. The Freedom Riders actually made their famous, eventful and at times rather violent rides, in the late spring and summer of 1961.See more »
[first lines]
Sheriff Wyner:Unh... Oh! Afternoon, Miss Munson.
Marva Munson:Afternoon, Sheriff. You know the Funthes boy?
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63 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
A Coen gem, 6 June 2004


Falling short of a Coen masterpiece (such a Fargo), The Ladykillers can be described as a Coen gem. The style is evident right from the opening shot. Where else can you find a garbage barge and a garbage dump transformed so magically by the movie camera into what looks like an idyllic paradise. Equally sparkling is the audio pleasure proffered, with the beautiful background of barber-shop like chorus leading into an on screen duet of snores of the sheriff and his deputy. While on that score (no pun intended), lively, exciting swinging gospel music provides excellent interludes as well as background throughout.

Knowing that this is a remake of a 1955 version lead by Alec Gunnies, I'll make no further reference to something that I have not had the pleasure of watching. Instead, I would make reference to the assembling of the team for the caper, an enjoyable prologue as found in many similar films, from the good old classic The League of Gentlemen to the more recent Italian Job (also a remake). The slight difference here is that instead of seeing the mastermind (Tom Hanks) actually recruiting each one of them, we are shown what looks like a cartoon quip of each, with some good laughs but at the same time highlighting their individual characteristics.

Tunnelling for a robbery is not new, and the classical one has to be The Red Headed League in the Sherlock Holmes short stores. Here, under the pretext of researching Renaissance music, Hanks and company rent the basement of a widow, played by Irma P. Hall. One source of amusement to the audience comes from the scenes between these two, the church-going Southern black woman whose every nuance overflows with simple, principled honesty (but earthly smartness) and the completely cunning crook who tries to wriggle out of her recognition at every twist and turn. Another contrast played upon a lot by the Coen Brothers is the Hanks' talking 'genteel' (as Eliza Doolittle would have said) and the proliferation of obscenity from the 'punk', the insider member of the gang.

Funny right from the start, this movie gradually reveals more and more of the Coens' brand of dark humour when eventually the title 'ladykillers' take on a literal meaning. An 'In competition' film at Cannes this year, this Coen gem is well worth checking out.

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