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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

Billy Bob Thornton , Frances McDormand , Joel Coen  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Katherine Borowitz
  • Directors: Joel Coen
  • Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXGZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Wasn't There" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Billy Bob Thornton and Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Making "The Man Who Wasn't There"
  • Interview with Cinematographer Roger Deakins
  • Deleted Material
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Coen Brothers are back with a dark and twisted film noir unlike anything you've ever seen. Set in a small 1949 California town, this is the story of a seemingly simple barber, who turns to blackmail and revenge to escape his achingly dull life. But in the tradition of classic noir, nothing goes as planned and nothing is as it seems. And as the barber's plot unravels, the delicious surprises, stunning revelations and just plain strange occurrences will disturb and delight you long after the film has ended.

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    47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from the Coen Brothers May 23, 2002
    Here's a film that falls into the category of "classic noir," all but perfectly presented by the Brothers who are, in many ways, reinventing the movie. With stunning black-and-white cinematography and splendid performances by Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand (who, arguably, is one of the best actresses anywhere), the voiceover narrative of the unsmiling "hero" of the piece recounts the events leading up to his demise.
    There is so much to like about this film: its faithful adherence to the exploration of small lives that become enlarged as a result of haphazard circumstance; its beautifully moody lighting and crisp images--where shadow has as much significance as light; and an overall evenness of tone that never for a moment hits a sour note.
    Thornton, as the never-smiling barber with an acceptable life that is bereft of humor, of love, and of any viable friendship, gives a remarkably controlled performance that is perfectly matched by McDormand's barely contained appetite for love, for humor, for life, for something beyond the inertia of her marriage (to Thornton.) This is a film in which what goes unstated has as much power as what is; it also has what used to be referred to as a "sting in the tail" at the end.
    Nothing can be anticipated in this film; the brothers exercise such great control over the material that even when the viewer thinks s/he knows what's coming, the surprise is there in the ironic ending.
    A fine example of top-rate film-making, not to be missed.
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    32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably compelling March 6, 2002
    By A Customer
    After the crowd-pleasing knockabout comedy of the 30s-set "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" - a cheery, New Deal proposition which played out like "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" under the direction of the Keystone Kops - the new Coen brothers movie adopts the grimly fatalistic tone of a 50s noir thriller, its brooding shadows cast by both the Second World War and the resulting paranoias. If "O Brother" was the "before" photo of an America singing its way out of a Depression, then "The Man Who Wasn't There" is the snapshot labelled "after". It's cold and dark, and is certain to put off as many visitors to the Coens' world as "O Brother" attracted.
    Thornton, his nicotine-stained voiceover containing enough tar to merit a Government health warning, is Ed Crane, a small-town barber forever sweeping up after those around him. The most passive of active smokers, Crane barely moves for himself until the one false move he makes to kill off his wife's lover and set off a chain of events leading to his own demise; it doesn't come as too much of a surprise when this hero goes out not in a hail of bullets, but sitting down to die.
    One of the great joys of a Coen movie is that they cast, right down to the minor roles, people who can act to the extent that it's a pleasure to spend every moment of a longish film in the same room as them. (Even in the non-speaking roles, the brothers cast fascinating faces.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Previous reviewer is a Jackass. November 18, 2002
    By A Customer
    I am typically too lazy to write, however the previous reviewer stirred me enough to demand a response. If you're interested in fast moving color films with stereotyped performances whose sole purpose is entertainment, then stick with Spielberg. I find it amazing that someone with such a poor understanding of film dares comment on it.
    If you have an interest in film as an expressive medium and as a reflection of an individual's (or brothers') creative aspirations, you will perhaps at least appreciate the film. Furthermore, the cinematography is absolutely phenomenal, among the best I have ever seen (I dare rank it along side 'Last Year At Marienbad' in this respect).
    This is the best Coen Bros. and among the best releases in the past several years.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Barberic issues.. January 13, 2004
    I normally wind up with mixed emotions when it comes to films from the Coen brothers but I think they've got all their tricks in line with this one.
    Those in the know with classic literature will easily notice that the "Man who wasn't..." is based on Camus' famed book "The stranger". The equations between this great book and the film are well balanced: the book is provoking and so is the film.

    The plot is about a barber working in a small town. His life has all the tell-tale signs of a "nobody-special" man like him: his job isnt taking him anywhere, his marriage is a flat and boring non-relationship, his wife is double-timing him with one of his "friends", and he himself, well he doesn't seem to bother much about all that, or actually he doesn't seem to care about anything.
    Life drags dully on, until the arrival of someone who tells the barber of his plan to hit the market with a new revolutionary business plan: dry cleaning. The whole scheme sounds attractive and has money-making potential written all over it but the missing element is the capital. The barber's mind goes on an interesting vortex of planning. He blackmails his well-off friend who has the affair with his wife for a nice bulky sum. That seems to work, the money is given, and then given on to the dry-cleaning guy and then, well, perhaps predictably, the wheels of the wagon start coming off in disturbing and untimely manner.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Pretty entertaining movie with good actors.
    Published 2 days ago by Malachi Whittemore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast.
    This is a Coen Brothers classic. Great cast.....Billy Bob rules....!....simple but intriguing story line, and clean film making. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Michael J. Benda
    4.0 out of 5 stars this book was fun to read
    Entertaining and rambling, this book was fun to read. Thornton is perceptive and intriguing, and a wonderful actor. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Bud Bartleby
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
    One of my favorite Cohen Bros. movies. Intriguing plot, superb cast and the filming in black&white is the frosting!
    Published 11 days ago by D'Arlis Noel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Awesome movie!
    Published 12 days ago by industriouswoman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another BB classic!
    Published 1 month ago by Mark Osterman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Billy Bob Thornton plays a great part in this movie. This could have been written by Alfred Hitchcock. Bill
    Published 1 month ago by William F.Brady
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
    it was like a vintage movie, with a great story, you don't expect most of events, and it trap you from beginning to end.
    Published 3 months ago by Gerardo Rodriguez
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtless Acts
    I was curious about it because the Coen brothers and Billy Bob Thornton were involved. I enjoyed it because it was unusual with a curious plot with odd characters that showed how... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Lester C. Hill
    1.0 out of 5 stars Had to watch for a class
    I had high hopes for this movie since it was assigned for a class but OMG was it bad! Slow moving and no climax at all it was just kind of weird. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by J. Taylor
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