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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

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When two brothers organize the robbery of their parent's jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.


Sidney Lumet


Kelly Masterson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Andy
Ethan Hawke ... Hank
Albert Finney ... Charles
Marisa Tomei ... Gina
Aleksa Palladino ... Chris
Michael Shannon ... Dex
Amy Ryan ... Martha
Sarah Livingston Sarah Livingston ... Danielle
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Bobby
Rosemary Harris ... Nanette
Blaine Horton Blaine Horton ... Justin
Arija Bareikis ... Katherine
Leonardo Cimino ... William
Lee Wilkof ... Jake
Damon Gupton ... Doctor


Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. Written by Carol Green

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Greed. Betrayal. Revenge. Families can be murder. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes que el diablo sepa que has muerto See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,837, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,083,025, 9 March 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS (as dts)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The high-heeled shoes that Marisa Tomei wears in her nude scene with Ethan Hawke are her own shoes. See more »


When Charles is following Andy, the same woman can be seen walking down the street, in opposite directions before and after. See more »


Henry 'Hank' Hanson: You're a prick.
Andrew 'Andy' Hanson: I always was.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »


Hard to Be Easy
Written by Mark Rozzo
Performed by Champale
Courtesy of Aloha Buffet Music
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Enjoyed it more the second time around
1 December 2014 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

I'm writing this review after my second viewing of 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.' I watched it on DVD when it first came out and, to be honest, it didn't leave that much of a lasting impression on me. If you asked me to describe it, I'd probably say something like, 'Oh, it was about a heist... or something.' To be fair, that is part of the film. I don't know what I started thinking about it years later, but I decided to give it another go. And I'm glad I did. Yes, it's about a heist. Although, the main ingredient in this film is about moral dilemmas. Two brothers (Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke), both with financial problems, decide to rob their parents' jewellery store as a way of making a fast buck (while not admitting that they're heavily in debt – and why).

Naturally, things don't go their way and both of them find themselves stuck in an ever deceasing spiral as more and more things get out of control. I won't go into the actual plot in too much detail, as anything I say will probably spoilt the film of you. However, what is nice is that you can see things from their points of view. Both men have problems. Yes, there may be easier (legal?!) ways of getting cash, but both have already gone too far to be able to turn around and utilise legitimate money-making means. Then, when things start to go wrong, everything happens logically. You'll feel for the two men (even if you don't always like them). Albert Finney is on the cast list and he does a good job, too. Although his part is decidedly smaller than his two on-screen sons, but what he does he does well.

'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' is a slow film. Maybe when I watched it before I was expecting some sort of 'action-orientated' gangster film where people are shooting each other and delivering a witty quip here and there. It's nothing like that. If you're looking for that sort of experience, look somewhere else. This film is quieter, subtle and sadder in tone. It's also nearly two hours long, but, despite being slow, that's not a bad thing.

If you're in the mood for 'thoughtful' over 'thrilling' give this one a go. I'm definitely going to watch it again – probably in a few years, but definitely.

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