A Simple Plan (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom/Germany/France/USA/Japan, 1998. British Broadcasting Corporation, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho Company, Towa Video, Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by , based on the novel. Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Superb thriller that takes an examination of human greed to its most terrifying extreme.   and Billy Bob Thornton are brothers who, along with pal , discover a few million dollars stashed away in a stranded plane that crashed in the woods near their small town. They decide to hide the money in a safe place, wait to see if the authorities mention any recent large sum of money gone missing, and then divvy up the loot equally and go their separate ways. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out that easily, and soon paranoia, money lust and long-hidden resentment muck up the whole situation and dead bodies start to pile up. is especially good as Paxton’s wife, a woman who won’t just let the opportunity to better her boring life pass her by.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton); Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

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