The Ladykillers Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for The Ladykillers the Movie

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It takes an actor with a lot of gumption to take on a classic role that was played by the classiest of thespians, Alec Guinness, but Hanks (as G.H. Dorr, Ph.D.) takes to the task with gusto and mostly positive results. In this quirky remake of the 1955 British offering, the setting shifts to Mississippi, where the robbers attempt to burrow from little old lady Mrs. Munson's (Hall) basement to the nearby casino's money room. While Hall is superb and Hanks is often dynamic as he plows through ornate speeches with a wicked laugh, it will depend on your tolerance for flowery language and a mannered Southern drawl whether you think it's melodious or annoying. Overall enjoyable, if uneven effort by the Coen brothers falls a bit short of the original.


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Available on DVD
Running time 104 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Scams, Stings & Cons, American South, Heists: Casinos, Crime Doesn't Pay
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, Diane Delano, George Wallace, John McConnell, Stephen (Steve) Root, Jason Weaver, Greg Grunberg, Blake Clark, Jeremy Suarez
Roger Deakins
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Carter Burwell
Peter Kurland, T-Bone Burnett, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard Johnson, Mary Zophres, Dennis Gassner
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista

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