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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. It is his last feature film before his death in 2011. The film was written by Kelly Masterson, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney. The title comes from the Irish saying: “May you be in heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead”. The film unfolds non-linearly, repeatedly going back and forth in time, with some scenes shown from various points of view.

The film appeared on 21 critics’ end-of-the-year top ten lists indexed by Metacritic and was selected as one of 2007’s ten most influential American films by the American Film Institute, at the 2007 AFI Awards.

Andy Hanson is a finance executive at a real estate firm in New York City. Facing an upcoming audit he knows will reveal his having embezzled from his employer, Andy decides to escape to Brazil, believing there exists no extradition treaty between Brazil and the United States. To raise the necessary funds for the trip and to establish himself once there, he hatches a scheme and enlists the aid of his brother, Hank, a divorced father who also needs money to pay three months’ back child support as well as his daughter’s private school tuition. Hank, meanwhile, has been having an affair with Andy’s wife, Gina, who has been unsatisfied with her marriage.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Kelly Masterson

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan


Philip Seymour HoffmanAndy
Ethan HawkeHank
Albert FinneyCharles
Marisa TomeiGina
Aleksa PalladinoChris
Michael ShannonDex
Amy RyanMartha
Sarah LivingstonDanielle
Brían F. O’ByrneBobby
Rosemary HarrisNanette
Blaine HortonJustin
Arija BareikisKatherine
Leonardo CiminoWilliam
Lee WilkofJake
Damon GuptonDoctor
Adrian MartinezSecurity Guard
Patrick G. BurnsPriest
Alice SpivakReceptionist
Natalie GoldSecretary
Keith DavisAttendant
Mateo GómezDoorman (as Mateo Gomez)
Myra Lucretia TaylorGrader
Chris ChalkOfficer
Sakina JaffreyManager
John KnoxDesk Sergeant
James LallyAgent
Jordan GelberAgent #2
Megan ByrneNurse
Marcia Jean KurtzHospital Receptionist
Guy A. ForttVendor
Meredith PattersonAndy’s Secretary
Tom ZolandzJunkie
Paul ButlerDetective
Anita SklarMourner #1
Josh MoweryMourner #2
Diane BradleyMourner #3
Richard LublinMourner #4 (as Richard K. Lublin)
Bob CollettiAmbulance Driver
Mary DeBellisMall Shopper (uncredited)
Alex EmanuelBartender (uncredited)
Jack FitzKatherine’s Husband (uncredited)
Zeke HawkinsHospital Guest (uncredited)
Charles KopelsonDrunk at Bar (uncredited)
Denis McKeownMourner (uncredited)
Nicholas E. PaganiTaxi Driver (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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