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The Ladykillers (2004)

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

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A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems. Written by lcheala@imdb.com

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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,634,563 (USA) (28 March 2004)

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$39,799,191 (USA)
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Trivia

The Professor's initial plan to trap and "immure" Mrs. Munson inside the tunnel is based on Edgar Allan Poe's Cask of Amontillado, in which Montresor, the main character traps another inside a wall in a cellar as an act of revenge. This idea is appropriate, as the Professor is an avid Poe enthusiast. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, we are looking through the eyes of Lump Hudson when a member of the other team approaches him. Before the ball is snapped, the crew is reflected in the other player's helmet. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheriff Wyner: Unh... Oh! Afternoon, Miss Munson.
Marva Munson: Afternoon, Sheriff. You know the Funthes boy?
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.8 (2004) See more »

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Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 4
by Arcangelo Corelli
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Conducted by Jaroslav Krcek
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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Not an adequate remake, but rather a reinterpretation
11 May 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Certainly, the Cohens have enough decency to know when a task should be left undone, and when that task is the re-creation and improvement of a comedy classic,they know better than to regurgitate old gags infused with modern flair, or do they?

I will admit that I did enjoy this novel retelling of the Mackendrick classic. I enjoyed Hank's brilliant, earnest, and flawless delivery. I also enjoyed Irma P. Hall's sincerity. I enjoyed the score, the locale, the warm-lazy essence of Mississippi, and the mythological progression of events that is so common in the Cohens' films. Most of all, I enjoyed the charm of this film more-so than its predecessor.

Of course, in deference, the originators deserve their due praise, but this is certainly no simple remake--it's a retelling. Retellings don't need to improve, dazzle, or impress by comparison--they simply are what they are, and this was enjoyable.


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