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The Ladykillers (2004)



Critic Consensus: Hanks' performance in the lead role is inspired, but this is a relatively minor offering from the Coen brothers.

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Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III is a charlatan professor who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the century. The thieves are experts in explosions, tunneling and muscle. The professor is their critical inside man. The base of operations is the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going, little old lady named Mrs. Munson. The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr's thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have seriously underestimated their upstairs host. When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to 'do her in' before she ruins their heist. After all, how hard can it be to knock off an old lady? They'll soon find out.more
Rating: R (for language including sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Prof. Goldthwait Hig...
Irma P. Hall
as Marva Munson
Marlon Wayans
as Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons
as Garth Pancake
Tzi Ma
as The General
Diane Delano
as Mountain Girl
George Wallace (II)
as Sheriff Wyner
John McConnell
as Deputy Sheriff
Jason Weaver
as Weemack Funthes
Stephen Root
as Fernand Gudge
Greg Grunberg
as TV Commercial Direct...
Lyne Odums
as Rosalie Funthes
Hallie Singleton
as Craft Service
Robert Baker
as Quarterback
Blake Clark
as Football Coach
Amad Jackson
as Doughnut Gangster
Aldis Hodge
as Doughnut Gangster
Freda Foh Shen
as Doughnut Woman
Paula Martin
as Gawain's Mama
Jeremy Suarez
as Li'l Gawain
Te Te Benn
as Gawain's Sister
Khalil East
as Gawain's Brother
Jennifer Echols
as Waffle Hut Waitress
Nita Norris
as Tea Lady
Maryn Tasco
as Tea Lady
Jessie Bailey
as Tea Lady
George Wallace
as Sheriff Wyner
George D. Wallace
as Sheriff Wyner
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Critic Reviews for The Ladykillers

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (45)

The Ladykillers is small and compact -- it doesn't kill, it's just a doodle -- but it's a very pleasant cartoon for grown-ups. It's some sweet fodder.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007
Top Critic

While being far from the Coens' finest hour, it remains more intelligent and ambitious than most of what currently passes for Hollywood mainstream comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's both lowdown and effete, a jamboree of whoopee jokes and sick wit.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

Some wicked pleasures for mature teens and adults.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Hanks is looser and funnier than he has been in quite some time.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Ladykillers

The worst Coen's film maybe saved (slightly) by a uncharacteristically unepic role from Tom Hanks.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


I was pleasantly surprised at how much this film was actually good. I found this one pretty underrated. Directed by the Coen Brothers, this is a fine remake with plenty of laughs. Tom Hanks is great here, and he makes the film very enjoyable. I really don't understand the hatred towards this film. Well directed by the Coen Brothers, this is one of their most underrated films. If someone should tackle a remake, it's these two directors. Their resume speaks for itself. I enjoyed the eccentric humor that the film had, and it almost felt as if it was a Coen Brothers original film and not a remake. This is a very funny film, one that shouldn't get vilified the way it has. This is a fine little film in its own right. This remake is helmed by great filmmakers who understand the value of a good gag. With films like Raising Arizona, Fargo and The Big Lebowski, you can see a consistent humor element in their work. Ladykillers is not a perfect film, but it has plenty of good things going for it to make a worthwhile film to watch. The Coen Brothers deliver a fun, whimsical comedy here, and I really believe that this one of those films that is unfairly criticized as being a bad film, which couldn't be further from the truth. I think the Coen Brothers did a great job here and made a fine film that deserves more praise than what it initially got. If you're a Coen Brothers fan, you may enjoy this film, and you might understand why it's an underrated film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Coen brothers flaw. The Ladykillers (2004) is nothing like the original.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The Ladykillers Quotes

Goldthwait Higginson Dorr: And what, to flog a horse, that if not dead is at this point in mortal danger of expirin', does this little square represent?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Goldthwait Higginson Dorr: And what, to flog a horse, that if not dead is at this point in mortal danger of expiring, does this little square represent?
– Submitted by Grant K (3 years ago)
Marva Munson: There's a stranger in our midst come to destroy us.
– Submitted by Chad E (4 years ago)
Goldthwait Higginson Dorr: Y'all know what smote is! I smite! You smite! He smites! We done smote!
– Submitted by Abraham T (4 years ago)

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