My Old Addiction

The Ladykillers (2004)

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Hilarious remake of the Alec Guinness classic has been reset by those crafty Coen Brothers in modern-day Mississippi.  steals the show as a traditional, God-fearing, church-going widow who has rooms to rent in her home. When double-talking, gentlemanly  shows up at her door with his mint-julipy Southern-fried breeding in search of lodgings, she is impressed with his credentials and immediately accommodates him. What she doesn’t know, though, is that he’s actually a criminal mastermind who has assembled a diverse team of thieves to make a tunnel from Hall’s basement into a nearby casino storehouse and make off with a huge payload of cash. Trouble is, this fiery woman proves to more trouble than ever expected for the boys’ plan, and when they try to do something about her interference she ends up being much more of a challenge than could ever be believed. Delicious performances and a marvelous soundtrack chock full of gospel music highlight a delightful caper, one that doesn’t fully satisfy but genuinely entertains nonetheless. The ensemble cast is equally memorable, from ‘s brilliantly stoic smoking general to ‘s scene-stealing, irritable-bowl-syndromed explosives expert, ‘s foul-mouthed “inside man” and ‘s luggish muscle-for-hire.


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Directed by ,

Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the movie by

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, , ,

Music by

Production Design by 

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Film Festivals: Cannes 2004


Cannes Film Festival Award
Jury Prize (Irma P. Hall, for her acting) (tie)

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