Man Who Wasn't There [WS]

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Set in a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's The Man Who Wasn't There stars Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane, a humble barber who suspects his hard-hearted and hard-drinking wife Doris (Frances McDormand) of having an affair with her boss (James Gandolfini). When a jocular stranger (Jon Polito) breezes into town hinting at the fortune to be made investing in an outlandish-sounding new invention called 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 ends up being blamed, landing her in the slammer and Ed at the mercy of blowhard big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub). Filmed in black-and-white by three-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins, The Man Who Wasn't There was inspired by the seedy crime novels of James M. Cain, putting a distinctly Coen brothers' spin on the film noir tradition. Though spiked with their characteristic humor, its moody atmosphere hearkens back to the darker moments of Blood Simple and Fargo -- a marked departure from the high-spirited slapstick of O Brother Where Art Thou. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

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Release Date
10/1/02 
Studio
Universal Studios
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 57 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • French
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccCommentary by Billy Bob Thornton and Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Making "The Man Who Wasn't There"
  • Interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins
  • Deleted material
  • Behind the scenes photo gallery
  • Filmographies
  • Theatrical trailer
Number of Discs
1

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