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The Man Who Wasn't There

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Wasn't There
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In a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Ed Crane, a humble barber, suspects that his wife Doris is having an affair with her boss. When a stranger comes into town hinting that there is a fortune to be made in investing in the new invention of dry cleaning, Ed hatches a blackmail scheme he hopes will make him rich and get him some revenge at the same time. His plan goes horribly awry when he accidentally commits a murder for which Doris is blamed, landing her in jail, and Ed at the mercy of big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider.
Title: The man who wasn't there
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Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2002.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001.
Summary: In a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Ed Crane, a humble barber, suspects that his wife Doris is having an affair with her boss. When a stranger comes into town hinting that there is a fortune to be made in investing in the new invention of dry cleaning, Ed hatches a blackmail scheme he hopes will make him rich and get him some revenge at the same time. His plan goes horribly awry when he accidentally commits a murder for which Doris is blamed, landing her in jail, and Ed at the mercy of big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider.
Audience: MPAA rating R.
Local Note: 1 6 15 16 35 53 56 57 60 61 62 67 68 76 78 80 118 173 216 242 258 261
ISBN: 0783275773
Statement of Responsibility: USA Films presents a Working Title production ; producer, Ethan Coen ; writers, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen ; director, Joel Coen
Credits: Director of photography, Roger Deakins ; art director, Chris Gorak ; editors, Roderick Jaynes, Tricia Cooke ; original score, Carter Burwell ; costume designer, Mary Zophres ; production designer, Dennis Gassner.
Performers: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Adam Alexi-Malle, Michael Badalucco, Katherine Borowitz, Richard Jenkins, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Polito, Tony Shalhoub, James Gandolfini.
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
In English with optional subtitles in French or Spanish.
Subject Headings: Extortion Drama. Murder Drama. Comedy films.
Genre/Form: Feature films-2002.
DVD-Video discs-2002.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2002.
Topical Term: Extortion
Murder
Comedy films.
Publisher No: 22496
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Feb 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this film. Beautifully photographed, with great classically scored accompaniment. Dry tongue-in-cheek wit following the futility of Ed Crane's mundane monotony, and the collapse of his house of cards of a life after an act of desperation. Everyone in the cast was terrific. I really thought this quirky Coen bros. piece was well done.

May 13, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this throwback crime drama. Paired with The Good German, which I watched recently, it really captured a classic movie look without the dated feel that I find hard to watch. The pacing is slow (shocker. Coen.) but I enjoyed the twists and turns. I thought all the performances were spot on. I can see how this wouldn't be for everyone because of the dry narrative by Thornton, the black and white photography and the slow pacing.

Nov 04, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

OK. Meet Ed Crane. Ed is a so-so barber from Smalltown, California - circa 1949._____ Ed's a real dead-faced, chain-smoking son-of-a-sod who's forever dropping his cigarette ash onto the heads of his customers while he robotically cuts their hair._____ Even though Ed's the title character in this film he barely utters a single word throughout the entire length of this picture. Ed's inability to get involved in even the simplest of conversations is unbelievably annoying. But it seems that none of the other characters in this screwy film seem to mind Ed's puzzling lapses into dead silence. _____ Even though Ed's character may not have much to gab about to those around him, he literally never shuts his trap when it comes to his voice-over narration nonsense. I can't begin to tell you how stupid I found the effect of this whole voice-over business to be._____ Well, eventually Ed, the chain-smoking mute, gets involved in murder and to prove what a total heel he really is, allows his wife to take the rap for it. _____ All in all, The Man Who Wasn't There was worthless, mediocre entertainment._____ Filmed in b&w.

Sep 17, 2009
  • bruins rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Just not up to the usual Coen standard of excellence.

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Feb 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ed Crane (transfixed on the scalp of a young boy, to whom he's just given a buzzcut): "Frank?" Frank: "Hmm?" Ed Crane: "...This hair..." Frank: "Yeah." Ed Crane: "You ever wonder about it?" Frank: "Whattya mean?" Ed Crane: "I don't know... How it keeps on coming. It just keeps growing." Frank: "Yeah! Lucky for us, huh pal?" Ed Crane: "No, I mean -- it keeps growing... It's part of us... and we cut it off and throw it away..."

Feb 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ed Crane: "I was a ghost. I didn't see anyone. No one saw me. ...I was the barber."

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