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The Man Who Wasn't There, 2001

The Man Who Wasn't There
Directed by: Joel Coen
Written by: Joel Coen
Language:  English
Country:  UK, USA
Runtime:  116 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The Man Who Wasn't There can be described as clever, witty, and gloomy. The plot revolves around unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, and cons and scams. The main genres are drama and crime. In terms of style, The Man Who Wasn't There is neo-noir, involves twists and turns, and includes a voice over. In approach, it is serious and realistic. It is set, at least in part, in the suburbs. The Man Who Wasn't There is located in the USA. It takes place in the 20th century. Visually, it is black and white. The Man Who Wasn't There has received attention for being critically acclaimed and an award winner. Note that it involves violent content.

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Billy Bob Thornton as barber Ed Crane in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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The Coen brothers' THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE is a brilliantly photographed black-and-white absurdist... more

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Language: English
Country: UK, USA
Release date: 31 October 2001
Runtime: 116 min
Awards: Cannes

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Joel Coen for Best Director at the 2001 Cannes

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Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton As Ed Crane
Frances McDormand Frances McDormand As Doris Crane
James Gandolfini James Gandolfini As Big Dave Brewster
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Chicago Tribune
Like all the Coens' movies, "Man" is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny. It's also brilliantly written and acted to a fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast.
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The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight.
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The Coen brothers have had a very ambitious and interesting output but have also been very unpredictable and uneven in my opinion. Thus, I was not sure what to expect with this one. (I just couldn't warm up to "The Big...
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29.March.2010 |  by: Democritus
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the perfect anti-noir
People call this film noir, but it's actually anti-noir. Yes, it's black and white, and yes, there's a voice-over, but that's pretty much it. No one can take a genre and twist it like the Coen Brothers. There's no clearcut good and bad here, no...
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13.August.2008 |  by: regina.falangy
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Fascinating film and so very well done!
I remember how I found this film just fascinating when I first watched it in the movie theater. Beautifully made by the Coen Brothers. Film buffs can enjoy it on one level, and any person who just wants to watch a good movie can enjoy it on another...
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12.August.2008 |  by: ralph.wiggum
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