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Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 27 November 2019 (USA)
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Releases November 27, 2019
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

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Rian Johnson

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Rian Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Benoit Blanc
Chris Evans ... Ransom Drysdale
Ana de Armas ... Marta Cabrera
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Linda Drysdale
Don Johnson ... Richard Drysdale
Toni Collette ... Joni Thrombey
Michael Shannon ... Walt Thrombey
LaKeith Stanfield ... Lt Elliott
Katherine Langford ... Meg Thrombey
Jaeden Martell ... Jacob Thrombey
Christopher Plummer ... Harlan Thrombey
Riki Lindhome ... Donna Thrombey
Gabrielle Lorthe Gabrielle Lorthe ... Waitress (as Gabrielle Lorthe)
Edi Patterson ... Fran
Frank Oz ... Alan Stevens
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Storyline

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. Written by Lionsgate

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Ransom Drysdale: That's some heavy-duty conjecture.
Walt Thrombey: Funny, Ransom, you skipped the funeral, but you're early for the will reading.
Ransom Drysdale: [pointing at Walt] Up your ass.
Meg Thrombey: [bedazzled] Oh, very nice!
Ransom Drysdale: [point to each family member who is shouting at him] Matter of fact, eat shit. How's that?
Ransom Drysdale: [as the family are all shouting at him] Eat shit, eat shit, eat shit... *definitely* eat shit...
Ransom Drysdale: I got to do this more often.
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How can this film currently have a 6.8 rating when it's one of the best pictures of the year?!
3 November 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sometimes I am shocked when I see a great film...only to see it has an incredibly low overall score on IMDB. This is definitely the case with "Knives Out"....a great film by writer/director Rian Johnson that I strongly recommend you see. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this one receives some Oscar nominations...it's that good.

"Knives Out" is like an Agatha Christie novel set in modern day America and with American characters. But it's not just a homage to Christie-style films but a genuinely good and unique film in its own right. Kudos to many of the actors...particularly Daniel Craig. I thought Craig was miscast as a Southern American detective....but he carried it off wonderfully.

Overall, I have no complaints...nothing I disliked or would do differently. In fact, it was so good I nearly gave it a 10....and I completely enjoyed the movie.


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