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Set in a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's The Man Who Wasn't There stars Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane, a humble barber who suspects his hard-hearted and hard-drinking wife Doris (Frances McDormand) of having an affair with her boss (James Gandolfini). When a jocular stranger (Jon Polito) breezes into town hinting at the fortune to be made investing in an outlandish-sounding new invention called dry cleaning, Ed hatches a blackmail scheme he hopes will make him rich and get him some revenge at the same time. His plan goes horribly awry when he accidentally commits a murder for which Doris ends up being blamed, landing her in the slammer and Ed at the mercy of blowhard big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub). Filmed in black-and-white by three-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins, The Man Who Wasn't There was inspired by the seedy crime novels of [[Performer~P83829~James M. Cain~jamesmcain]], putting a distinctly Coen brothers' spin on the film noir tradition. Though spiked with their characteristic humor, its moody atmosphere hearkens back to the darker moments of Blood Simple and Fargo -- a marked departure from the high-spirited slapstick of O Brother Where Art Thou. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

  • Release date:October 31, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Joel Coen Best Director 2001 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joel Coen Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Joel Coen Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Joel Coen Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2001 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2001 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2001 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Tony Shalhoub Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Ethan Coen Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Ethan Coen Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
National Board of Review Billy Bob Thornton Best Actor 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Billy Bob Thornton Best Actor 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Billy Bob Thornton Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2001 Nominee

Cast

Billy Bob Thornton
as Ed Crane
Frances McDormand
as Doris Crane
Michael Badalucco
as Frank
James Gandolfini
as Big Dave
Tony Shalhoub
as Freddy Riedenschneider
Jon Polito
as Creighton Tolliver
Scarlett Johansson
as Birdy Abundas
Richard Jenkins
as Walter Abundas
Katherine Borowitz
as Ann Nirdlinger
Adam Alexi-Malle
as Carcanogues

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Chris Gorak
Art Director
Robert Graf
Associate Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith
Set Designer
Chris Spellman
Set Designer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Skip Lievsay
Supervising Sound Editor
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