• A Simple Plan (1999)

A Simple Plan

Release Date: January 22nd, 1999

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 1999

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

While in the woods near their small town, upstanding local Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton), his dim brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) and their friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) discover a crashed plane with two things in it -- a dead pilot, and a stash of more than four million dollars. Although Hank is reluctant to keep the money, Jacob and Lou convince him otherwise, and they devise a plan to split the fortune. Things quickly go wrong, however, dramatically affecting the trio and those around them.

Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe, Bridget Fonda, Jack Walsh, Chelcie Ross, Becky Ann Baker, Gary Cole

Director: Sam Raimi

Genres: Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company

Keywords: 1990s , Tense , Emotional , Brother , Deception , Wife , Pursuit , Small town , Transformation , Murder , Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the year's best films for a lot of reasons, including its ability to involve the audience almost breathlessly in a story of mounting tragedy. show more

  • 88
    Mark CaroChicago Tribune

    Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    It's a Master "Plan."

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)