Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

DVD - 2008
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A stock broker, who is having financial troubles and in need of extra cash, and his younger brother conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. The only problem is that the owners of the jewelry store are their own parents. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

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readyrisa
Sep 09, 2016

What an extraordinary crime thriller!! AWESOME story and acting...wonderful!

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dtghope
Oct 09, 2014

An almost perfect film!

Do not miss Mr. Hoffman at the peak of his acting powers!

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vickder
Oct 08, 2014

Gripping use of flashbacks to convey what happened from the perspective of each of the key players. Philip Seymour Hoffman is outstanding in this spellbinding thriller.

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bisbiglio
Aug 27, 2014

This is a very good movie about probably one of the worst decisions that can ever be made. The bad decision occurs at the beginning, so we know right away that we are watching a downhill run. I couldn't take the decision and would have stopped watching if the actors, the script and the director weren't all truly great. But even then it was hard to watch. I was curious about the commentary and decided to try that. YES! To re-watch with this commentary (Lumet, Hoffman and Hawke!) was magnificent! The fifth star is for that, and thank you.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

Anybody who appreciates Philip Seymour Hoffman diverse roles has to see this movie. The message about crime never paying is truly one of the best done otherwise.

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Monolith
Jan 11, 2014

A fierce neo-noir from Sidney Lumet about desperate individuals suffocating in the rat-race; unraveling at the brink; looking for a way out. With incomprehensible consequences. An outstanding flick on every level. (And I concur w/others' comments regarding Marisa Tomei at 43 years old ~ YOWZAH!) FIVE STARS.

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history1970
Jun 03, 2013

Brilliant!

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movie20
Aug 27, 2012

I liked this movie. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is always good. Some people may not like it because it is a smaller film, not a big blockbuster.

aaa5756 Jul 18, 2012

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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ncs1961
Jun 23, 2012

Sooo many bad decisions, sooo little time.

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joseph
Jul 17, 2008

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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joseph
Jul 17, 2008

Sexual Content: Very graphic sexuality at the very beginning of the picture (not for children). Not sure the purpose of such graphic sexuality.

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Monolith
Jan 11, 2014

(Dex is strong-arming Hank over the death of his sister's husband) Dex: "...You got a driver's license?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...A what?" Dex: "The driver's license, you show, when you rent a car..." Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...Yeah!" Dex: "Yeah. Lemme see it." Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Um... alright. Sure, sure." (Dex snatches Hank's wallet out of his hand) Dex: "...Henry...Hanson. This address, right?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Uh... yeah! Yeah, sure, sure." Dex: "I'm gonna be straight with you Chico. You mind if I call you Chico?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "Uh, people call me Hank..." Dex: "Bobby was a piece of sh*t. I know it. You know it. That's not the point. The point is, that piece of sh*t, was the father of my sister's child. And he was payin' the bills. And now he's dead, and I'm thinkin' who's gonna pay all these bills?" Henry 'Hank' Hanson: "...I'm so sorry that it-" Dex: "Sorry ain't gonna pay the bills, Chico!"

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