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The Ladykillers (Widescreen Edition)
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Academy Award(R)-winning Tom Hanks (Best Actor, FORREST GUMP, 1994; PHILADELPHIA, 1993) turns in a hilariously original performance in THE LADYKILLERS, the laugh-out-loud comedy that explodes with outrageous wit and slapstick humor from the Coen Brothers (O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, FARGO). Underneath Professor G.H. Dorr's (Hanks) silver-tongued southern gentleman persona is a devious criminal who has assembled a motley gang of thieves to commit the heist of the century by tunneling through his churchgoing landlady's root cellar to a casino's vault of riches. But these cons are far from pros. As their scheme begins blowing up in their faces, their landlady smells a rat. And when she threatens to call the police, they figure they'll just bump her off. After all, how hard can that be? Wickedly funny from start to finish, it would be a crime to miss THE LADYKILLERS.
"'The Ladykillers' is a loopy hoot and a half and Hanks, all by himself, is worth the price of admission." -- Rick Kisonak, FILM THREAT
"A laugh-out-loud movie thats quintessential Coen Brothers." -- Leonard Maltin, HOT TICKET
"Devastatingly funny! One of the most hilarious remakes youre likely to see." -- Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV
"Hanks creates one of the year's most amusing screen characters." -- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
"Tom Hanks' first comic performance in more than a decade (and one of the best performances of his career." -- Sarah Chauncey, REEL.COM
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Tom Hanks (the Professor) and Irma Hall (Mrs. Munson) together, not apart, make this film. When the professor and the old black woman talk, speak, converse! with each other, he in his elevated educated idiom and she in her down-to-earth honest well-behaved talk, we are witnessing magic.
The Professor without Mrs. Munson speaks with affected pretension. Mrs. Munson without the Professor is still honest and full of vim but she is not especially wise. Consider this exchange between the two. Professor Dorr is relaxing with a book one evening in Mrs. Munson's living room. She is knitting. She observes he is "a readin' fool". He agrees that he is and that he finds in books the accumulated wisdom of manking.
Mm. The wisdom of mankind, huh? What about the wisdom of the Lord?
Oh... Yes, yes. The Good Book, mm. I have found reward in its pages. But, to me, there are other good books as well. Heavy volumes of antiquity freighted with the insights of man's glorious age. And then, of course, I just love, love, love the works of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.
Oh, I know who he was. Kinda spooky.
No, madam, no, no. Not of this world, it's true. He... he lived in a dream. An ancient dream.
The Professor calls her madam, he talks to her as a person and addresses her in the finest language. He goes on to recite from memory Poe's "To Helen". Mrs Munson doesn't speak as he does, she speaks her own words her own way, but she doesn't miss a thing.
The whole movie is like that. It's full of clever language, but when Hanks and Hall appear together cleverness disappears and in its stead you will hear some of the most musical dialogue in your life.
Vincent Poirier, Tokyo
The film is, very briefly, the story of a small band of incompetent thieves who decide to try and fleece a floating casino in Mississippi. The plot may be a little thin, but it's a good enough premise to keep you watching. What shines in this film is the dialog and the acting. The opening scene of the film, of an old woman going to the local police department, not to complain about the loud music of a local kid's boom box, but to ask the sheriff to help the kid, is just hilarious. The cops are napping on the job, the woman is all fired up with good Christian intentions and the actress (I don't know her name offhand) delivers an extremely funny line about rap music that I won't spoil.
The rest of the film just follows the the robbers on their journey into crime and, again, while the plot is a bit thin, the actors (and, in particular, Tom Hanks) are absolutely enjoyable.
If you're looking for a funny film for a hot summer night, you'll like this. The negative reviews seem so hostile you'd think the movie cost a few hundred bucks. Hey, you can get a used copy for a buck or two: if you hate it, you've got a coaster at the very least or you can donate it to a local book sale. But my guess is that you'll come away thinking you've discovered an under-appreciated comic treasure.
This is a very funny and fun movie.