A Simple Plan

A Simple Plan

Sam Raimi (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Shallow Grave meets Fargo in director Sam Raimi's exploration of the corrupting influence of greed. In the snowy wastes of Minnesota, three men find a crashed plane that contains more than $4 million and hesitantly decide to split the loot once they are sure they won't be suspected. Of course, everything that could go wrong, or might point the finger at their pact, does so in Raimi's grim fairy tale. Completely eschewing the frenetic approach of his Evil Dead work, Raimi comes up with a poetic and suspenseful thriller that delves unassumingly into the cryptic regions of human nature. The uneasy mood is underscored by marvellous performances from Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated for his role) as the two brothers in the pledge triangle.


Two brothers and a friend stumble on a fortune in unmarked small dollar bills in the wreckage of a plane and decide to squirrel it away for themselves. However, the strain of keeping the cache secret takes its toll as guilt, paranoia and greed change their relationship for ever. Sam Raimi's psychological thriller, starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda and Gary Cole.

Cast & Crew

Hank Mitchell Bill Paxton
Jacob Mitchell Billy Bob Thornton
Sarah Mitchell Bridget Fonda
Baxter Gary Cole
Lou Brent Briscoe
Nancy Becky Ann Baker
Carl Chelcie Ross
Tom Butler Jack Walsh
FBI Agent Renkins Bob Davis
Director Sam Raimi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 21 May 1999