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The Man Who Wasn't There
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Directed By
Joel Coen

Written By:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Katherine Borowitz, Jon Polito, Scarlett Johansson, Richard Jenkins, Tony Shalhoub

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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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Movie Review by Lisa
April 30th, 2007

Film Noir with a guy called Billy Bob...

I came across this film by complete accident as it is not the type of film I'd be instantly drawn to in Blockbuster.... so on a cold day in December I found myself curled up on the couch surfing through the endless sea of sh*te reality TV, and I decided to settle for a black and white movie (it was either this or "The Surreal Life" with that big Man'o'woman Chyna) because I liked Frances McDormand and she was in the film.

It took just a few minutes for me to fall under the spell of this film not only is the cinematography beautiful, Billy Bob Thornton was truly stunning in his role as Ed Crane the wall flower barber whose wife is a cheating alcoholic. When Ed encounters a salesman looking for investors for a dry cleaning franchise he decided to blackmail his wife's lover Big Dave (played by Gandolfini). Of course it wouldn't be film noir if the whole scam went off without a hitch, but this film is so good I would hate to divulge any further.

I've never been a fan of Billy Bob but after seeing his performance here my opinion was drastically changed. There is one scene in this movie that just sticks with me maybe because it combines both great character acting with stunning filmmaking (I don't know), its the scene where Ed is in a room of people yet he appears invisible to all....I just go it.

For me there is nothing better than finding a great movie when you least expect it, and this one certainly put a smile on my face.

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Apr 30, 2007 11:51 AM
Wow, looks interesting! It's going in my queue.

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