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FULL SYNOPSIS

Based on Scott B. Smith's bone-chilling 1993 novel, A Simple Plan is a bit of a departure for horror film director Sam Raimi. Instead of flying eyeballs and dancing corpses, A Simple Plan is a taut crime thriller in the vein of Joel Coen's Academy Award-winning Joel Coen. Set during the white winters of Minnesota, this story tells the eerie tale of Hank and Jacob Mitchell (played by Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with a buddy, find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying four million dollars in one-hundred-dollar bills. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow is melted and the plane is found. If no one notices the missing money at that time, they will split it and live a wealthy new life. A simple plan, right? Wrong. Much like Humphrey Bogart's Humphrey Bogart, things can only get worse, as distrust and greed creep into the minds of the principals. They find it difficult to decide which one gets to hold the money -- and even more impossible to keep from dipping into the stash until spring. And so on. It also becomes increasingly tough to keep a secret of this magnitude. And if all this doesn't get moviegoers' brains working, it seems there are suspicious characters in town who just may be able to link them to the plane, forcing the more dangerous and bloody question of what to do with those people and how to cover their tracks. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Billy Bob Thornton Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Billy Bob Thornton Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Billy Bob Thornton Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Billy Bob Thornton Best Actor - Runner-up 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Billy Bob Thornton Best Supporting Actor 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Bob Thornton Best Supporting Actor 1998 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Scott B. Smith Best Adapted Screenplay 1998 Winner
National Board of Review Scott B. Smith Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott B. Smith Best Adapted Screenplay 1998 Nominee

Crew

Sam Raimi
Director
Adam Schroeder
Producer
James Jacks
Producer
Scott B. Smith
Screenwriter
Scott B. Smith
Book Author
Alar Kivilo
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Coburn
Editor
Eric L. Beason
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
James F. Truesdale
Art Director
Michael Polaire
Co-producer
Gary Levinsohn
Executive Producer
Rando Schmook
Set Designer
Hilton Rosemarin
Set Designer
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Ed Novick
Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold
First Assistant Director
Doug Lefler
Second Unit Director
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