A Simple Plan (1998)



Critic Consensus: A riveting crime thriller full of emotional tension.

Movie Info

The Mitchell brothers stumble across a downed airplane that contains millions of dollars. They plot to keep the money- but greed causes distrust amongst them.

Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott B. Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999


as Hank Mitchell

as Jacob Mitchell

as Baxter

as Tom Butler

as FBI Agent Renkins

as FBI Agent Freemont

as Dwight Stephanson

as Mr. Schmitt

as News Reporter

as Anchorman

as Anchorwoman

as Hospital Nurse

as Dead Pilot

as Bearded Man

as Bar Patron

as Bar Patron

as Girl on Sled

as Boy on Sled
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Plan

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (11)

A Simple Plan is lean, elegant, and emotionally complex - a marvel of backwoods classicism.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Perfect capers gone horribly, inexorably awry have always kept audiences squirming. But just when we think we've seen it all, Raimi offers a few new wrinkles.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Raimi takes the old story about dishonour among thieves and renders it fresh through the calm, cool, steady assurance of the telling.

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

As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

[Raimi] austerely rejects hyped-up camera tricks and jokey shock effects and creates living, complex characters whose fates we care about. The result is easily his finest film to date.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

powerful, if pedestrian

Full Review… | July 13, 2009

Audience Reviews for A Simple Plan

Powerful and intense, Sam Raimi's drama is a forgotten gem in the director's career. Boasting a strong script and very human characters from Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thorton and Bridget Fonda, there is very little reason for why this shouldn't be missed.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


Raimi's best film. In the same line of "Fargo" not only in its snowy setting, but in the way it moves from a mundane and strange darkly comical feel to end up as an incredibly violent and menacing study of greed. Destiny never ceases to collect victims.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Chilling and entertaining, A Simple Plan is a great screenplay. If you like of Fargo, you must see this.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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