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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
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A stock broker, who is having financial troubles and in need of extra cash, and his younger brother conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. The only problem is that the owners of the jewelry store are their own parents. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.
Title: Before the devil knows you're dead
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Image Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Commentary with director Sidney Lumet, actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke; "Directed by Sidney Lumet: how The devil was made" featurette; theatrical trailer.
Summary: A stock broker, who is having financial troubles and in need of extra cash, and his younger brother conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. The only problem is that the owners of the jewelry store are their own parents. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.
Audience: MPAA rating R for a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use, and language.
Statement of Responsibility: Funky Buddha Group, Thinkfilm & Capitol Films presents a Unity Productions, Linsefilm production ; produced by Michael Cerenzie, William S. Gilmore, Brian Linse, Paul Parmar ; written by Kelly Masterson ; directed by Sidney Lumet
Credits: Director of photography, Ron Fortunato ; editor, Tom Swartwout ; music, Carter Burwell ; costume designer, Tina Nigro ; production designer, Christopher Nowak.
Performers: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Rosemary Harris, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.; dual layer.
Other Language: English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; subtitles in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Criminal behavior Drama. Jewelry stores Drama. Crimes without victims Drama. Stockbrokers Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Caper films.
Topical Term: Criminal behavior
Jewelry stores
Crimes without victims
Stockbrokers
Publisher No: CAP4875
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Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anybody who appreciates Philip Seymour Hoffman diverse roles has to see this movie. The message about crime never paying is truly one of the best done otherwise.

Jan 11, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fierce neo-noir from Sidney Lumet about desperate individuals suffocating in the rat-race; unraveling at the brink; looking for a way out. With incomprehensible consequences. An outstanding flick on every level. (And I concur w/others' comments regarding Marisa Tomei at 43 years old ~ YOWZAH!) FIVE STARS.

Oct 27, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Dec 17, 2012
  • ncs1961 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sooo many bad decisions, sooo little time.

Apr 17, 2012
  • GrandCru rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

excellent acting. i found the ending left 'one loose string', otherwise very good.

Mar 20, 2012
  • spuriouscarrie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For those who find it both horrifying and satisfying to watch other people make decisions with dreadful consequences.

Mar 01, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

With an intelligent script and an excellent cast, it is no wonder that this film has received so many accolades. This is no ordinary crime movie and it is a must see.

Nov 16, 2011
  • stse88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good film to watch, but (for me) not something to watch again. It deals with the depths of human depravity; greed that changed and ruined lives; money trumped familiar bonds, etc. What's great was a good script and terrific acting. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke both were terrific in their roles. Marisa Tomei was also terrific, and looks great in this movie. Her very first scene in this movie popped my eyes :)

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Jul 17, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jul 17, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Very graphic sexuality at the very beginning of the picture (not for children). Not sure the purpose of such graphic sexuality.

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Jan 11, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Dex is strong-arming Hank over the death of his sister's husband) Dex: "...You got a driver's license?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...A what?" Dex: "The driver's license, you show, when you rent a car..." Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...Yeah!" Dex: "Yeah. Lemme see it." Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Um... alright. Sure, sure." (Dex snatches Hank's wallet out of his hand) Dex: "...Henry...Hanson. This address, right?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Uh... yeah! Yeah, sure, sure." Dex: "I'm gonna be straight with you Chico. You mind if I call you Chico?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Uh, people call me Hank..." Dex: "Bobby was a piece of sh*t. I know it. You know it. That's not the point. The point is, that piece of sh*t, was the father of my sister's child. And he was payin' the bills. And now he's dead, and I'm thinkin' who's gonna pay all these bills?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...I'm so sorry that it-" Dex: "Sorry ain't gonna pay the bills, Chico!"

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Mar 27, 2009
  • eeLmon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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