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The Man Who Wasn't There

The Man Who Wasn't There
  • 2001
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
  • Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Alexi-Malle, Jon Polito, Tony Shalhoub, and James Gandolfini
  • Language: English, Italian, French

Set in the Californian backwater town of Santa Rosa circa the 1940s, 'The Man Who Wasn't There' takes its cue from the cynical world of pulp crime writers like James M Cain. The tale turns on a regular fella, Thornton's mild-mannered barber Ed Crane, who is unwittingly the catalyst for a spiralling series of events beginning with infidelity and extortion and ending with, well, maybe you can guess. A wry-humoured, retro-styled, wickedly-plotted, moody gem.

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