Monday, April 13, 2009

The Ladykillers (2004)

This is an okay movie. Professor Dorr (Tom Hanks) is a loquacious charlatan who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the century from a casino. The thieves are experts in explosions and tunneling. The professor is their critical inside man. The base of operations is the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going, old lady named Mrs. Munson. The five men claim they need a place to practice their church music, but it quickly becomes evident that Dorr's thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job.

This is a remake of the 1955 movie starring Alec Guinness. Previously Ethan had always been credited as producer, and Joel as director, but in this movie the Coen brothers shared both jobs. The setting of the film was moved from London to Saucier, Mississippi. This city is on the southern coast and has a population of around 1300. The movie was actually shot about 150 miles west in Natchez to take advantage of the Mississippi River.


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