The Man Who Wasn't There Poster

Release Date: October 31st, 2001

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2002

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
A dark tale of infidelity and murder, crime and punishment. Set in a small northern California town of the late 40s, the film portrays Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a barber dissatisfied with his life. His wife Doris' (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets...

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Katherine Borowitz, Jon Polito, Scarlett Johansson, Richard Jenkins

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount

Distributors: USA Films

Keywords: 1940s, Suspenseful, Murder, Wife, Hospital, Brooding, Fall, Prison

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Like all the Coens' movies, "Man" is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny. It's also brilliantly written and acted to a fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast. show more

  • To be sure, there are goofy flourishes here, the in-jokey, left-field rummies that are the Brothers Coen's stock-in-trade. But this is altogether a quieter, more philosophical sort of endeavor. show more

  • Ordinary moviegoers, on the other hand, may wonder what they're supposed to feel, apart from bored.

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Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture