Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet’s thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent’s jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some cash. His brother, Hank (Hawke), isn’t much better off, so when Andy hatches a plan to rob their parent’s modest jewelry store , it seems like a foolproof way to make a quick buck. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is an immensely disturbing and tragic morality tale, which focuses on the consequences and repercussions of a sinister act driven by greed. Title taken from the Irish toast: “May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head; may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.” In the original script, Andrew and Hank Hanson were not brothers. Sidney Lumet made this change to increase the drama of the movie. He also removed the character of Andrew & Gina’s daughter. Sidney Lumet was introduced to digital film techniques through this production and reportedly loved working with digital film, primarily due to it’s convenience. This was his first and ultimately only film to be shot in the digital format. In the DVD’s Director’s commentary, Sidney Lumet stated that in the original script, the character of Bobby Lasorda was supposed to be only 19 years old. The character was made older to make the character seem more realistic and sad. In the DVD’s Director’s commentary, Sidney Lumet says the nude scene between Gina and Hank was shot, Ethan Hawke wanted to make Marisa Tomei, feel more comfortable, and insisted on being nude as well. He further insisted that every male crew member strip naked while filming the scene to accommodate Tomei. Sidney Lumet’s final film. Leonardo Cimino’s last film. Leonardo Cimino’s last film.
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