The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.
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.
1.85 : 1
Rated R for language including sexual references.
Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Casino, Professor, Remake, Landlady, Drawing Straws
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Black Comedy, Crime Comedy
Nothing Goes Right, Cons and Scams, Perfect Crime, Unlikely Criminals
Stylized, Ironic, Quirky, Macabre, Madcap
Comedy on the Edge
Remake Of British Film, Out On A Limb
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coens' screenplay was based on the 1955 British Ealing comedy film of the same name written by William Rose. The remake was produced by the Coens, Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson. It stars Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma and Ryan Hurst. It is the first time the Coens have worked with Tom Hanks as well as the film being their first remake. This was the first film in which Joel and Ethan Coen share both producing and directing credits; previously Joel had always been credited as director and Ethan as producer.
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Mrs. Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall), an elderly, God-fearing widow meets Professor Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), who expresses his interest in the room she has to let and asks to use her basement for rehearsals of an early music ensemble he directs. She accepts the terms and agrees. The fellow musicians in the pretend ensemble are actually a gang of criminals, named Lump (Ryan Hurst), The General (Tzi Ma), Garth Pancake (J. K. Simmons), and Gawain (Marlon Wayans).
With all of their talents combined, the group of criminals plan to dig a tunnel through the crumbling, dried earth that has piled up in Mrs. Munson's basement and conclude that they will emerge in the vault of the casino.
After a series of comical mishaps that threaten to derail their plan, they break through the wall of the vault and snatch the loot. Mrs. Munson subsequently finds out what her tenant has done, and outraged, she tells Dorr to return the money and go with her to church on Sunday or else she will call the police. The gang decides to murder her. Through another series of comical mishaps, all the criminals end up dying while trying to kill Mrs. Munson. Gawain is shot by Garth, Garth is strangled by The General, The General falls and breaks his neck, Lump accidentally shoots himself, and Dorr gets hanged by his coat after being hit with a statue head. The police refuse to believe her story about the robbery, and tell her to keep the money she found, which she gives to Bob Jones University.
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