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
Before Professor Dorr (Tom Hanks) starts to go over the plans for the heist in the cellar, he sets playing as background music Boccherini's Minuet: this is the same piece which in the 1955 film version Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) plays repeatedly on a gramophone record to convince his landlady that he and his fellow crooks are rehearsing as a string quintet. See more »
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 »
I could not stop laughing and enjoyed it tremendously. Tom Hanks was simply delightful pretending to be refined, highly educated, charmingly polite and smooth talking Rococo music lover Professor G.H.Darr who in reality was a very dangerous, ruthless and devious criminal that assembled the most hilarious gang of thieves (each has his special talent) to dig the tunnel through his landlady's root cellar to a casino vault and to steal 1.6 million dollars. As good as Hanks was, he was completely upstaged by Irma Hall who steals the movie as Marva. She received many awards for her acting and very deservingly. I know that many Coens' fans don't like The Ladykillers because 1. it is a remake of the 1955 movie with the same title and 2. because it is one of their most mainstream films. I don't care - "The Ladykillers" has Coens' signatures all over - it is very funny, very dark, and uniquely beautiful visually - just remember the opening scene with two scary gargoyles and the garbage barge.
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