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  The Ladykillers cinematronic
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Joel and Ethan Coen

cast

Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, Diane Delano, George Wallace, Stephen Root

year

2004

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  There should be little arguing over the merits of the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan. These guys have written and directed enough quirky, memorable movies ("Fargo" among them) that a few less-than-stellar efforts are easily forgiven. In that spirit, their Americanization of the dark-hued British caper comedy "The Ladykillers" is akin to "Intolerable Cruelty," their middling homage to '30s screwball romances, with enough amusing vignettes to justify viewing. "The Ladykillers," Coens-style, is a tad-too-broad escapade about an inept gang trying to rob a modern Mississippi riverboat casino. It helps to have Tom Hanks for the ringleader role played by Alec Guinness in the original. Having a blast in Col. Sanders drag, Hanks is a graying, honey-voiced charlatan known as the Professor. This pompous villain sucks up to an elderly church-going widow, so that he and his clownish crew — a bumbling, politically-correct explosives expert (J.K. Simmons); a tunneling whiz (Tzi Ma) who was a general in the Vietnamese army, an obstinate wannabe "gangsta" (Marlon Wayans) employed as a janitor in the casino, and a muscled lunkhead (Ryan Hurst) — can use her basement as a staging area for their heist. But they underestimate the old lady, enacted by Irma P. Hall, who steals so many scenes that she's the real thief in "The Ladykillers."  
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