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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
46 ( 19)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 95 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


Everyone has a motive. No one has a clue. 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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Did You Know?


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) (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) (1982; starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon); Clue (1985) (1985; starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Martin Mull); Gosford Park (2001) (2001, starring Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, and Kristin Scott Thomas); Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd (1980) (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) (1974; starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, and Ingrid Bergman); The Private Eyes (1980) (1980; starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts); and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) (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 (Daniel Craig) sings some of in a scene in this movie. The Last of Sheila was Sondheim's only movie script. See more »


When Harlan slits his throat, you can hear the metallic sound of a knife being unsheathed. See more »


Benoit Blanc: You won, not by playing the game Harlan's way, but yours. You're a good person.
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Crazy Credits

The actors that are seen in the end credits with their names are shown as portraits. See more »


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Losing My Mind
Written by Stephen Sondheim
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User Reviews

Hated Last Jedi. Loved this.
1 December 2019 | by tcasavecchiaSee all my reviews

As a fan of mysteries (Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Columbo, Monk, Psych.etc.) I was thrilled to see someone making a classic style whodunnit...and the cast! Figure you can't go wrong. Well I enjoyed it & while the cast all have time to shine it is Daniel Craig with his Southern drawl & especially Ana de Armas that steal the show. For anyone keeping away because they hated The Last Jedi...I agree, it was my least favourite of all the Star Wars films, but this is a well written film that was well acted and I can only hope this will inspire others to reinvigorate the murder mystery genre.

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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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