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Encyclopedia > The Ladykillers (2004 film)
The Ladykillers
Directed by Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Produced by Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Written by Ethan Coen &
Joel Coen
William Rose (1955 screenplay)
Starring Tom Hanks
Irma P. Hall
Marlon Wayans
J. K. Simmons
Tzi Ma
Ryan Hurst
Music by T-Bone Burnett
Carter Burwell
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) March 26, 2004
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35,000,000
IMDb profile

The Ladykillers is a 2004 remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy of the same name. The remake was by the Coen Brothers and starred Tom Hanks. The film also co-starred J. K. Simmons, Marlon Wayans, Tzi Ma (Rush Hour), Ryan Hurst (Remember The Titans), and Irma P. Hall. Download high resolution version (475x705, 67 KB)The Ladykillers (2004) movie poster. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... 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Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... William Rose (December 12, 1914 - February 10, 1987) was a major American screenwriter of British and Hollywood films. ... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer. ... Irma P. Hall (born Irma Dolores Player Hall on June 3, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American character actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. ... Marlon Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, producer, comedian, writer, and director of movies, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in Im Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. ... 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It is the first Coen film in which Ethan and Joel Coen share both producing and directing credit; previously Ethan had always been credited as producer, and Joel as director. The film was originally to be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the Coens' former cinematographer. They were commissioned to write the script. When Sonnenfeld backed off, the Coens were eventually hired as directors, with Sonnenfeld retaining a producer credit. Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ...


The movie soundtrack by T-Bone Burnett features traditional gospel music composed by Thomas A. Dorsey and Blind Willie Johnson, inter alia, sets the tone of the film much as American roots music did for the previous Coen work O Brother, Where Art Thou?. [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Come on Mama, Do That Dance Georgia Tom Dorsey Yazoo 1041 For the big band trombonist and bandleader, see Tommy Dorsey. ... Blind Willie Johnson Blind Willie Johnson (c. ... American roots music is a broad category of music including country music, bluegrass, gospel, ragtime, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun and Native American music. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a dark comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ...

Contents

Plot

In the Hollywood remake the setting is moved from London to Saucier, Mississippi, home of a riverboat casino. Though it was actually filmed in Natchez as the real Saucier is in Harrison County and does not border the Mississippi River. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Saucier is a census-designated place located in Harrison County, Mississippi. ... A Riverboat casino is a type of casino unique to several areas of the United States. ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... Harrison County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ...


In a quiet, beautiful community lives Mrs. Marva Munson, an elderly, god-fearing widow who answers the door one sunny morning to find the charming Professor Goldthwaite H. Dorr, a pretentious Southern dandy, darkening her doorstep. He explains who he is and expresses his interest in the room to let, which is Mrs. Munsons spare bedroom. He also explains that he is a musician and asks if it would be alright if he could use her basement as a place for recitels with his fellow "musicians". She accepts the terms and agrees. Mr. Dorr's fellow "musicians" are actually a gang of criminals, consisting of the incredibly dumb but tough football player Lump - The General, an experienced chinese war veteran who's expertise lies in tunneling - Garth Pancake, a moustached animal trainer for TV comercials and Gawain, an African-American janitor that works on the Bandit Queen, a large casino. With all of their talents combined, The group of criminals plan to dig through the crumbing, dried earth in Mrs. Munson's basement and will emerge in the vault of the casino. To avoid Mrs. Munson hearing the digging, they play orchestral CDs so that she will not get suspicious. Sporty Parisian dandies of the 1830s: a girdle helped one achieve this silhouette. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After several days, they break through the wall of the vault and snatch the loot, a scheme made even easier by Gawain, who works at the casino and is able to quickly repair the puncture in the wall. Mr. Pancake turns out to be experienced with explosives and is able to rig a small explosion that will collapse the tunnel so it will never be discovered. The explosive seemingly turns out to be a dud, so Pancake ventures down the tunnel and, after examining it, inadvertidly sets off its timer. With about ten seconds before the tunnel collapses, Pancake crawls with all haste to escape, but his Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) starts to act up and this slows him down. It suddenly explodes and he is shot out of the collapsing tunnel and smashes into a table which has the money on it. It is then revealed that Pancake has lost a finger is the explosion. Upon hearing the rumble, Mrs. Munson walks downstairs and finds out what her tenants have done. Outraged, she tells Dorr in a private conversation to either return the money to the casino and go to church to repent their sins, or else she will call the police. Not willing to give up the money, the gang decide to murder her and draw straws to do so.


Gawain loses, and must therefore shoot Mrs. Munson. When he attempts to shoot her, he has a flashback of him as a ten-year-old boy who comes home with a spaniel puppy in his arms and asks his alchoholic, couch potato of a mother if he can keep it. She refuses and slaps him, claiming "you wait till' your daddy gets home, he gonna lay into you proppa!". Upon hearing him mumering "please moma, I love you. He won't shit in the house, I'll train im' up proppa and wipe his butt an' everything", Mrs. Munson, whom Gawain was visualising as his mother, quesions him of why he is holdind a pillow and pistol in his hands. After recieving a slapping, Gawain informs his fellow comrades why he can't shoot her. An outraged Pancake tells him to accept his responsibilities and shoot her or face the prospect of being a coward, to which the group concurrs. After an argument and brawl with Pancake, Gawain accidentally shoots himself in the chest and dies.


Lump and the General dangle his body over a bridge and drop it when a huge garbage barge heading out to garbage island passes below them. Meanwhile, Pancake steals the money and attempts to escape with his girlfriend, Mountain Girl. The General strangles them both and their bodies are then dumped on the barge.


This time the General pulls the short straw and walks up to Munson's bedroom with a wire, planning to strangle her in her sleep. He also back-flips his cigarette into his mouth so that the pungent fragrence of tobacco doesn't wake Mrs. Munson. As he is about to kill her, he is surprised by an alarm clock sounding and accidentally swallows his lit cigarette. While choking he staggers back into the stairwell and trips over Pickles, Mrs. Munsons pet cat, and falls down the stairs, smashing his head against the wall and cracking his skull.


When Dorr and Lump dispose of the General, Lump suggests to Dorr that they give the money back to the casino. Dorr calls him stupid and tells him that he has to do the killing, for which Lump tries to shoot Dorr because he "doesn't want to harm a nice old lady". The gun fails, so Lump peeks down the barrel while pulling the trigger. He kills himself and falls onto the garbage barge passing under the bridge.


Dorr, left standing, discovers a raven sitting on a statue of death, which reminds him of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, whom he admires. When the raven flies off, the head of the statue breaks and falls off, wacking Dorr on the head. He then falls over the bridge and his coat catches on the bridge, hanging himself. is hanged by his coat. His coat soon tears and he too falls onto the barge. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ...


Munson wakes up, oblivious to last nights proceedings. She first inspects the crack in the wall where the General impacted, and then goes down to the basement to find that the gang has seemingly disappeared, leaving all the money behind. The police refuse to believe her story about the robbery, believing her to be a batty old biddy. They tell her to keep the money she found, which they think doesn't exist. In the films last moments, Pickles the cat is seen scurrying across the bridge and poking his head over the side, Pancakes finger in his mouth. He then drops it on the passing garbage barge.


Characters

  • G.H. Dorr Ph.D (Tom Hanks) - The eloquent and wise mastermind of the casino heist. He is the chatty southern dandy who rents Mrs. Munson's apartment as a stage for the robbery. He claims to have gained his Ph.D. degree due to his knowledge of the ancient languages of Latin and Greek, and also claims to be a graduate of a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Sorbonne in France. He also claims to be a professor of renaissance music at the University of Mississippi which he says is in Hattiesburg. However, in real life the University of Mississippi is in Oxford where there is a music professor named "George Dor". He also frequently quotes the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Dorr is very articulate, charming and is somewhat pretentious.
  • "The General" (Tzi Ma) - The apparently mute owner of the Hi-Ho Donut store in the town. He is a smoker (which Munson scolds him for) and is skilled in tunneling. Dorr introduces him to the other gang members by saying that he acquired tunnling skills in his native French Indochina (now Vietnam).
  • Garth Pancake (J. K. Simmons) - A demolitions expert who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which is comically portrayed in the movie). He has a female partner, Mountain Girl, whom he met at an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) weekend. In the movie, he is frequently bickering with Gawain.
  • Gawain MacSam (Marlon Wayans) - The foul-mouthed janitor of the Bandit Queen Casino and the inside man. He bickers with Garth Pancake several times in the movie. When he was ten years old, his mother slapped him several times for bringing a dog into the house. Miss Munson reminds him of his mother.
  • Lump Hudson (Ryan Hurst) - The brawn of the group and a former football player who is not very intelligent. He seldom speaks, and he often refers to Dorr as "Coach". However, Lump might be the only one with some semblance of a conscience.
  • Mountain Girl (Diane Delano) - Garth Pancake's female partner and right hand gal. She wears braids and dresses in mountain clothing. Like Pancake, Mountain Girl also appears to be a fellow victim of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and met him at a IBS weekend. Mountain Girl is the nickname of Carolyn Adams, the original hippie princess. She was the girlfriend of Ken Kesey and a Merry Prankster. Later she became the second wife of Jerry Garcia.

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Trivia

  • Echoing the original 1955 film, the piece which the gang pretend to play is Boccherini's Minuet (3rd movt) from String Quintet in E, Op.13 No.5.
  • As the gang begins to dump the corpses into the river to dispose of them, a garbage barge conveniently passes underneath each fallen robber as he falls from the bridge, replacing the freight train used in the original 1955 film.
  • Bruce Campbell makes a cameo appearance in the film, as in many Coen brother films, this time portraying a Humane Society worker.
  • The gag of the portrait changing expressions is taken from Preston Sturges' film Sullivan's Travels. In an early adventure, Sullivan (Joel McCrea) escapes the advances of a sexually aggressive widow (Almira Sessions) by making a rope out of his bedsheet. The portrait of the late husband is duly shocked. In the original film, if you look closely at the pictures in the parlor, you will see a photograph of the captain at the salute. The Coen's previous two films, Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Art Thou? were also heavily influenced by Preston Sturges.

Luigi Boccherini (February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was a classical era composer and cellist from Italy, mostly known for one particular minuet from one of his string quintets, and the Cello Concerto in B flat major (G 482). ... This article is about the actor. ... Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959), originally Edmund Preston Biden, was a celebrated screenwriter and director born in Chicago. ... Sullivans Travels is a 1941 American film written and directed by Preston Sturges. ... Joel Albert McCrea, (November 5, 1905 - October 20, 1990) was an American film actor. ... Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 dark comedy/romance directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, and Billy Bob Thornton. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a dark comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ...

External links

  • Official site for the 2004 movie
  • The Ladykillers (2004) at the Internet Movie Database
  • You Know, For Kids! The Ladykillers page

 
 

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