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Simple Men (1992)

Simple Men (1992)




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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, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
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Robert John Burke
as Bill McCabe
Bill Sage
as Dennis McCabe
Damian Young
as Sheriff
John A. MacKay
as Dad/William McCabe Sr.
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 (10) | Top Critics (2)

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
Top Critic

Irresistibly charming!

Full Review… | December 5, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Simple Men


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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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


Like most of Hal Hartley's work, this film just screams of the 1990's. The concept allows me to stay intrigued throughout the duration of the film, but man, the acting is sooooo bad (aside from Martin Donovan) that it's ridiculous. This film is also the definition of pretentious. That's okay, though, because the writing is extremely entertaining, if a bit too self-righteous. But man. The acting is a deal-breaker (at least said acting is so-bad-it's-good, but bad-good is bad nonetheless).

James Jackson
James Jackson

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