A Simple Plan
A Simple Plan (1998)

The Mitchell brothers stumble across a downed airplane that contains millions of dollars. They plot to keep the money- but greed causes distrust amongst them.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 4, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A riveting crime thriller full of emotional tension.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A Simple Plan is lean, elegant, and emotionally complex - a marvel of backwoods classicism.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread.

Bill Gibron

powerful, if pedestrian

Glenn Lovell

Perfect capers gone horribly, inexorably awry have always kept audiences squirming. But just when we think we've seen it all, Raimi offers a few new wrinkles.

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Sean Axmaker

Sam Raimi, best known for wowing audiences with stylistic gymnastics and manic mayhem, directs this quietly desperate thriller with chilly restraint...

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Rob Gonsalves

It's been done before, and Raimi doesn't do it much differently or put his own stamp on it.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Raimi takes the old story about dishonour among thieves and renders it fresh through the calm, cool, steady assurance of the telling.

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Sight and Sound

[Raimi] austerely rejects hyped-up camera tricks and jokey shock effects and creates living, complex characters whose fates we care about. The result is easily his finest film to date.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A great film, and a major leap forward in the career of Sam Raimi.

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Now, I know I was watching a fiction, but the movie had nothing worth discounting the numerable idiocies it had. The instability in characters' morality… More
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Raimi's best film. In the same line of "Fargo" not only in its snowy setting, but in the way it moves from a mundane and strange darkly comical… More
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The perfect example of a thriller where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong as three small town people find 4.4 millions in crashed plane and the… More
Lucas Martins
Chilling and entertaining, A Simple Plan is a great screenplay. If you like of Fargo, you must see this.
Sanjay Rema
A cool, escalating story that keeps getting more and more complicated. The entire cast does a great job, especially Billy Bob Thornton as Jacob. This is a… More