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Simple Men (1992)

Simple Men




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A pair of brothers dodge the law while trying to locate their long-lost father in this third feature from independent New York filmmaker Hal Hartley. Robert John Burke stars as Bill McCabe, a failed computer thief who's just been doublecrossed by his girlfriend and partner. Vowing revenge on the next beautiful blonde he encounters, Bill meets up with his younger brother Dennis (William Sage), a philosophy student concerned about their father William (John A. MacKay). It seems the McCabe paterfamilias was a former major league shortstop who became an anarchist bomber in the 1960s, nearly blowing up the Pentagon. On the run for twenty-three years, William was recently caught by the FBI but escaped again. Based on information from their mother, the McCabes travel to Long Island, where William may be hiding. Along the way, the brothers meet the epileptic Elina (Elina Lowensohn) and her friend Kate (Karen Sillas), a beautiful blonde with whom Bill is instantly smitten. While Dennis figures out that Elina is somehow connected to William, Bill contends with Kate's ex-con husband Jack (Joe Stevens) and Jack's best friend Martin (Martin Donovan), both of whom are also in love with her. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Hal Hartley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004
Zenith Entertainment


Robert John Burke
as Bill McCabe
William Sage
as Dennis McCabe
Damian Young
as Sheriff
John A. MacKay
as Dad/William McCabe S...
Richard Reyes
as Security Guard
Ed Geldart
as Cop at Desk
Alissa Alban
as Waitress
Margaret Bowman
as Nurse Louise
Jo Perkins
as Nurse Otto
Matt Malloy
as Boyish Cop
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Critic Reviews for Simple Men

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

This original film features extreme factions of America: Bill (Robert Burke) is a robber-mechanic, an amalgam betweenn 1980s Reagonomics overachiever and a thug, and Dennis (William Sage), a scientist-philosopher.

Full Review… | January 14, 2007
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Simple Men


Very bad acting makes for a funny film...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Pairing Hal Hartley with Martin Donovan and folks always seem to produce memorable films and this one is as well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Hal Hartley's Simple Men is a beautifully realized American art film. Tale of two brothers' search for their renegade father, and the major life change one of them experiences, possesses exceptional literary and cinematic qualities, as well as emotional resonance.

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