A Simple Plan

Sometimes good people do evil things
Sometimes good people do evil things
D: Sam Raimi
Paramount/Mutual/Savoy/BBC (James Jacks & Adam Schroeder)
US/UK/Germany/France/Japan 1998
120 mins


W: Scott B. Smith [based on his novel]
DP: Avar Kivilo
Ed: Arthur Coburn & Eric L. Beason
Mus: Danny Elfman
PD: Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Bill Paxton (Hank Mitchell), Billy Bob Thornton (Jacob Mitchell), Bridget Fonda (Sarah Mitchell), Brent Briscoe (Lou Chambers), Gary Cole (Neil Baxter)

In a small, snowbound Minnesota town, a farmer, his mentally-handicapped brother and their erratic friend discover $4.4m in a crashed plane and devise a plan to keep the money, but their greed eventually gets the better of them.
A new twist on a familiar theme, the plot even draws comparisons to 1996's Fargo (qv), which may be a far superior movie, although very little in this can be faulted. Amongst the best movies of 1998, with strong performances from Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda and Billy Bob Thornton, the latter of whom received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Bill Paxton in A Simple Plan
Bill Paxton in A Simple Plan