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Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 27 November 2019 (USA)
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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
Michael Shannon ... Walt Thrombey
Don Johnson ... Richard Drysdale
Toni Collette ... Joni Thrombey
LaKeith Stanfield ... Lieutenant Elliott
Christopher Plummer ... Harlan Thrombey
Katherine Langford ... Meg Thrombey
Jaeden Martell ... Jacob Thrombey
Riki Lindhome ... Donna Thrombey
Edi Patterson ... Fran
Frank Oz ... Alan Stevens
K Callan ... Greatnana Wanetta
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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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Nothing brings a family together like murder. See more »


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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:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morning Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,769,548, 1 December 2019

Gross USA:

$162,508,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,732,821
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marta drives by a car that has a "Keep calm and Bergeron" bumper sticker, referring to long-time Boston Bruin hockey player Patrice Bergeron. See more »

Goofs

When we see Joni's perspective where she goes to see what made such a loud sound in Harlan's room, Marta is doing something, while in Marta's perspective, she is just standing with her back turned not knowing what to do. See more »

Quotes

Benoit Blanc: I spoke in the car about the hole at the center of this donut. And yes, what you and Harlan did that fateful night seems at first glance to fill that hole perfectly. A donut hole in the donut's hole. But we must look a little closer. And when we do, we see that the donut hole has a hole in its center - it is not a donut hole at all but a smaller donut with its own hole, and our donut is not a hole at all!
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Knives Out (2019) See more »

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E strano! - Ah, fors'e lui [La traviata / Act 1]
Performed by Anna Netrebko, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Rizzi
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pimp My Agatha Christie!
18 December 2019 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

With the exception of my wife and daughter, and possibly my mother, Agatha Christie is the woman whom I love most on this planet. She truly was the most gifted and brilliant fiction writer who ever lived, and it rejoices me to see that her work still inspires other writers and filmmakers nowadays; more than forty years after she passed away. There are still many adaptations of her original work, but with "Knives Out", writer/director Rian Johnson attempts something entirely different. It's abundantly clear that Johnson was inspired by all of Christie's typical trademarks and hobby-horses, and he pays tribute to her most legendary characters and favorite settings, but the plot of "Knives Out" is entirely new and scripted directly for the screen. A good old-fashioned murder mystery/whodunit set in the enormous mansion of a wealthy family, full of eccentric people each of whom have dirty little secrets, convoluted plot twists, continuous red herrings that practically make it impossible to guess along, and a fabulous all-knowing but slightly odd sleuth slowly unravelling the clues.

Daniel Craig is downright terrific as Benoit Blanc, a private detective with a bizarre accent and weird one-liners, hired by someone anonymous to dig deeper into the strange and sudden death of patriarch Harlan Thrombey. It looks like suicide, but literally every greedy member of Harlan's bloodline had a motive for killing and - also in delightful Agatha Christie tradition - the plot even thickens after the reading of the will. It would be a shame to reveal too much about the plot, but rest assured that is refreshing and inventive, compelling as well as humorous, complex but simultaneously light-headed and 200% entertaining. The cast is phenomenal. Craig clearly enjoyed depicting a heroic protagonist that is the complete opposite of his James Bond character, and the Thrombey family exclusively exists of great talents, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Colette, Christopher Plummer and Don Johnson. "Knives Out" is perhaps slightly too long, but never tedious, and very well-directed by Rian Johnson (who honestly doesn't deserve all this hatred from disappointed "Star Wars" geeks)


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