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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.


Rian Johnson


Rian Johnson
55 ( 13)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 99 nominations. See more awards »





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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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 disfunctional 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Rian Johnson whodunit. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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In January 2019, Rian Johnson tweeted a series of photos of the posters that he had hanging in the studio as he edited Knives Out to serve as inspiration for cutting the movie. These were posters for: Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun (1982) (1982; starring Peter Ustinov, Diana Rigg, and Maggie Smith); Murder by Death (1976) (1976; starring Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, and Peter Sellers); Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (1978) (starring Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, and Angela Lansbury); The Last of Sheila (1973) (1973; starring Dyan Cannon, James Mason, and Raquel Welch); Deathtrap (1982) (starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon); Clue (1985) (starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Martin Mull); Gosford Park (2001) (starring Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, and Kristin Scott Thomas); Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd (1980) (starring Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, and Kim Novak); the London production of the stage musical Something's Afoot (1977; starring Sally Smith); Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (1974) (starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, and Ingrid Bergman); The Private Eyes (1980) (Tim Conway and Don Knotts); and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) (starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton). All of these are murder mysteries and/or detective stories, though some are satires of the genre. The screenplay for The Last of Sheila (1973) was co-written (with Anthony Perkins) by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who also wrote "Losing My Mind," the song that Benoit Blanc sings some of in a scene in this movie. The Last of Sheila was Sondheim's only movie script. See more »


There is an entire industry of filing claims against the estates of wealthy individuals such as Harlan Thrombey. Essentially every such estate has claims filed against it for whatever settlement can be gotten. A wealthy family, particularly one like the Thrombeys where everyone was driven by financial self-interest, would immediately recognize that the most likely client to have hired Benoit Blanc would have been someone wanting to extract money from the estate. Hence, none of the family would have consented to Blanc's involvement in the investigation, and would have refused to have any interaction with him. See more »


Benoit Blanc: It's a weird case from the start. A case with a hole in the center. A doughnut.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits dogs can be heard barking. See more »


References The Cat and the Canary (1978) See more »


E strano! - Ah, fors'e lui [La traviata / Act 1]
Performed by Anna Netrebko, Wiener Philharmoniker and Carlo Rizzi
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Refreshing revisit of the classic "Whodunnit"
19 September 2020 | by pritolSee all my reviews

Great movie that really does have all the hallmarks of the classic murder mystery. The story is fairly typical, there is a shocking death, everyone has their motives, and piece by piece the truth is pulled together by a sleuth, in this case Benoit Blanc (great name), who comes across as a more modern version of Hercule Poirot.

To discuss the story, is to give away the twists and turns it takes, which are delightful. Tension is maintained really well throughout the film as you constantly try to guess and workout where this mystery is going, and even right at the end the twist that comes doesn't do anything to release that tension until literally the last 1min of the movie.

The real joy though is in an all star A-list cast all performing at the top of their game, and working so well together. In many cases playing against type which is a joy to watch. If you're a fan of murder mystery, then this is a much watch!

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Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morning Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,769,548, 1 December 2019

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1.85 : 1
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