The Ladykillers

March 26th, 2004


The Ladykillers

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An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.2/10 (49,109 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Ethan Coen

Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall

A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems.

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Tom Hanks - Professor G.H. Dorr
Irma P. Hall - Marva Munson
Marlon Wayans - Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons - Garth Pancake
Tzi Ma - The General
Ryan Hurst - Lump Hudson
Diane Delano - Mountain Girl
George Wallace - Sheriff Wyner
John McConnell - Deputy Sheriff
Jason Weaver - Weemack Funthes
Stephen Root - Fernand Gudge
Lyne Odums - Rosalie Funthes (as Baadja-Lyne Odums)
Walter K. Jordan - Elron (as Walter Jordan)
George Anthony Bell - Preacher
Greg Grunberg - TV Commercial Director

Taglines: Winner takes all. Spring.


Official Website: Touchstone [United States] |

Release Date: 26 March 2004

Filming Locations: Colonial Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,634,563 (USA) (28 March 2004) (1583 Screens)

Gross: $76,747,441 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In one scene Marva Munson shows Professor G.H. Dorr her dead husbands Othar's fife, which was included as a homage to Othar Turner a famous fife and drum blues musician.

Errors in geography: The movie is set in a fictional town of Saucier, MS, which is along the Mississippi River and is the home of a riverboat casino. The real Saucier does not have a casino, is approximately 200 miles from the Mississippi River, and is located approximately 25 miles north of Biloxi, MS, in northern Harrison County.

[first lines]
Sheriff Wyner: Unh... Oh! Afternoon, Miss Munson.
Marva Munson: Afternoon, Sheriff. You know the Funthes boy?

User Review

Not an adequate remake, but rather a reinterpretation

Rating: 8/10

Certainly, the Cohens have enough decency to know when a task should be left undone, and when that task is the re-creation and improvement of a comedy classic,they know better than to regurgitate old gags infused with modern flair, or do they?

I will admit that I did enjoy this novel retelling of the Mackendrick classic. I enjoyed Hank's brilliant, earnest, and flawless delivery. I also enjoyed Irma P. Hall's sincerity. I enjoyed the score, the locale, the warm-lazy essence of Mississippi, and the mythological progression of events that is so common in the Cohens' films. Most of all, I enjoyed the charm of this film more-so than its predecessor.

Of course, in deference, the originators deserve their due praise, but this is certainly no simple remake--it's a retelling. Retellings don't need to improve, dazzle, or impress by comparison--they simply are what they are, and this was enjoyable.


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