A Simple Plan

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Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while avoiding detection opens a Pandora's box when the fear of getting caught triggers panicked behavior and leads to virulent consequences

  1. Scott B. Smith


  2. Sam Raimi


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  1. Bill Paxton

    Bill Paxton

    Hank Mitchell

  2. Bridget Fonda

    Bridget Fonda

    Sarah Mitchell

  3. Billy Bob Thornton

    Billy Bob Thornton

    Jacob Mitchell

  4. Brent Briscoe

    Brent Briscoe

    Lou Chambers

  5. Chelcie Ross

    Chelcie Ross

    Carl Jenkins

  6. Gary Cole

    Gary Cole


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 1m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • December 11, 1998
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Do you ever feel evil?

A Simple Plan is directed by Sam Raimi and adapted to screenplay by Scott Smith from his own novel of the same name. It stars Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe, Chelcie Ross and Jack Walsh. Music is by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Alar Kivilo.

The snowy wilds of Midwest America, and two brothers and one friend unearth a crashed plane in the snow that hosts one dead pilot and a duffel bag with over $4 million dollars stashed inside. It's moral quandary time. Keep the money as it's probably drug money anyway, tell the police, or sit o... read the rest.

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