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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

The Man Who Wasn't There
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Frances McDormand Frances McDormand
Doris Crane
James Gandolfini James Gandolfini
Big Dave Brewster
Katherine Borowitz Katherine Borowitz
Ann Nirdlinger Brewster
Jon Polito Jon Polito
Creighton Tolliver
Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson
Birdy Abundas
Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins
Walter Abundas

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Joel Coen Joel Coen
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Ethan Coen Ethan Coen
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9 years, 8 months ago at Dec 16 2:53
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I should start by saying that I normally hate black and white films, they really annoy me. I think it's because colours really show emotions and give films more character, I just find it more interesting. But in this case I survived watching this whole film, and came to realise that the black and white made this movie more.. mysterious. It was probably the better choice than making this in colour,... read more

A very good movie

1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 22 10:08
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Like many other movies directed by the Coen brothers, I have actually seen this one when it came out. Eventually, as usual with those guys, I had to re-watch it again a few years later to actually make up my mind for good about the damned thing. I have noticed that, even though it was very well received when it was released, it is pretty much forgotten nowadays but I think it might actually be one... read more
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Description: 1949, Santa Rosa, California. A laconic, chain-smoking barber with fallen arches tells a story of a man trying to escape a humdrum life. It's a tale of suspected adultery, blackmail, foul play, death, Sacramento city slickers, racial slurs, invented war heroics, shaved legs, a gamine piano player, aliens, and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Ed Crane cuts hair in his in-law's shop; his wife drinks and may be having an affair with her boss, Big Dave, who has $10,000 to invest in a second department store. Ed gets wind of a chance to make money in dry cleaning. Blackmail and investment are his opportunity to be more than a man ... (more)
Release date: 16 November 2001
UPC: 696306031925
Tags: Drama (23), Crime (15), 2001 (14), 2000s (14), Murder (10), Noir (7), Barber (7), Infidelity (7), Usa (6), Blackmail (6), Suicide (6), Prison (6), Thriller (5), Film Noir (5), (4), 1940s (4), Existentialism (4), Black & White (4), Execution (4), Piano (3)
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