A Simple Plan (1998)


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


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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.

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Bill Paxton
as Hank Mitchell
Billy Bob Thornton
as Jacob Mitchell
Gary Cole
as Baxter
Jack Walsh
as Tom Butler
Bob Davis
as FBI Agent Renkins
Peter Syvertson
as FBI Agent Freemont
Tom Carey
as Dwight Stephanson
John Paxton
as Mr. Schmitt
Marie Mathay
as News Reporter
Paul Magers
as Anchorman
Joan Steffand
as Anchorwoman
Jill Sayre
as Hospital Nurse
Terry Hempleman
as Dead Pilot
Jay Gjernes
as Bearded Man
Grant Curtis
as Bar Patron
Solomon Abrams
as Bar Patron
Rhiannon R. Savers
as Girl on Sled
Christopher Gallus
as Boy on Sled
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Plan

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (11)

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

Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

Jul 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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

Jan 1, 2000

Both heartbreaking and chilling, this film explores ancient themes in a contemporary, painfully familiar way.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Sam Raimi, best known for wowing audiences with stylistic gymnastics and manic mayhem, directs this quietly desperate thriller with chilly restraint...

Mar 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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
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

Now, I know I was watching a fiction, but the movie had nothing worth discounting the numerable idiocies it had. The instability in characters' morality was the most annoying factor. Just to cite one [SPOILER ALERT]: The protagonist doesn't mind smothering an oldie (seemed normal and innocent), shooting off a couple, but has a soft spot for the sheriff!!! I appreciate the simplicity of the storyline and thank the director for making something comprehensible for me, but I wish I were a grateful..... But I'm sure that my rating or writing doesn't make no difference to him. Or to anyone for that matter except myself.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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