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A Simple Plan (1998)

When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank
... Sarah
... Jacob
... Lou
Jack Walsh ... Tom Butler
... Carl
... Nancy Chambers
... Baxter
... FBI Agent Renkins
... FBI Agent Freemont
Tom Carey ... Dwight Stephanson
... Mr. Schmitt
Marie Mathay ... News Reporter
Paul Magers ... Anchorman
Joan Steffand ... Anchorwoman
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Three diverse characters, for the most part intellectually challenged, find a deserted plane with a bag full of millions of dollars inside. They devise a simple plan to keep the money if no-one claims it. Ofcourse, nothing turns out simple... Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Sometimes good people do evil things. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Miles  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$390,563, 13 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,311,763, 16 May 1999
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The bar scenes were shot in Delano Minnesota. The bar used in the scenes was an old bar that was changed into a private residence in combination with the apartment above. The only real bar in town did not meet filming needs so the crew used the private residence and fixed up the interior to meet the look they were going for. See more »

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In an early scene, Jacob's pickup is coming up the driveway, but the tire tracks at the top of the screen indicate it was parked there prior to it snowing. See more »

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Hank Mitchell: [narrating] When I was still just a kid, I remember my father telling me what he thought that it took for a man to be happy. Simple things, really. A wife he loves, a decent job, friends and neighbors who like and respect him. And for a while there, without hardly even realizing it, I had all that. I was a happy man.
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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish tune
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A study in desperation
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

A Simple Plan is certainly not a simple film, as some reviewers here had hoped it would be. The point is not how simple life is, but how horribly wrong and out of control things can get. This film takes you to the absolute depths of human greed, desperation, and frailty. It is amazing how many evil deeds one can rationalize by believing "and then it will all be over." A Simple Plan is a great character study which makes you think of what you would do in the same situation. At what point would you draw the line? How far would you go to keep millions of dollars all to yourself? The excellent photography adds to the sense of desperation that permeates the whole film. The vast, snowbound landscape is the perfect image for the feelings the main characters have for their station in life: cold, silent, lifeless, unending, and unrelenting.

Don't watch this movie unless you are prepared to see a group of people reach the end of their rope and make a series of life-changing decisions.


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