Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Synopsis: Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: ThinkFilm
  17 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

- You owe me three months.

- I don't owe you.

- I owe Danielle.

- Don't get semantic.

- Bye.

- April, May and June.

No, I promise, all right.

What's up, Hank?

Piece of shit!

F*ck you. All right.

Can I borrow your cell phone?

I don't have one.

- Just...

- It's brain cancer. There's a pay phone

- over there by the bathroom.

- No, it can wait.

What's happening with you?

I used to think you had

the world by the balls.

Now, I'm not sure if you even got any.

I got them when I need them, all right?


Yeah, smart and funny.

What I always admired about you, your wit.

- You're a prick, Andy.

- I always was.

- So, let's see if there're any left.

- What?


Well, you need money. So do I.

Let's solve it.

- What are you talking about?

- Well, there's a place we can knock off.

Know it like the back of our hand.

Easiest money you'll ever get.

What are you saying?

It's worth about 600 grand.

And it's insured, so it's a victimless crime.

I offer that in case

your faggoty little conscience bothers you.

I weigh it off on 20 cents on the dollar.

That's 60 grand each.

Give or take.

I can't believe this is you that's talking.

Believe it.

So, it's safe, nobody gets hurt,

everybody wins. It's perfect.


What do...

- Do you need money?

- Of course, I need money. But this is...

This is serious crime, Andy. I'm not

a serious crime kind of a guy. I got a kid...

You've got shit.

You have a whole lot of shit.

You said so yourself.

All the time. Every day.

You know what?

It's not as serious as you might think.

You're my little brother. Now, trust me.

God, Andy.

That's why you called me up?

That's why you wanted

to spend the night together,

- talk me into something crazy?

- That's why I called you up.

Talk you into something crazy.

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Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson is an American screenwriter, playwright and writer who lives in New York. He wrote the screenplay for the film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, for which he is perhaps best known. Before moving to New York to stage several of his early plays, he studied Theology at the University of California, Davis.He tried to get the script for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, made seven years before director Sidney Lumet agreed to direct it. In describing his script he has said: "I don't know. It was winter, and I was depressed I guess when I was writing it. I'm fascinated by the folly of human nature. I love characters who we understand and sympathize with, but we just shake our heads at how stupidly they act. This probably comes from my theology background but I love the big themes of good and evil and how we're such a combination of both. We try to chart a path that's on the side of good, but we all have evil impulses in us."Subsequent to his success with Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, he has worked in several media including stage plays, film and television. Masterson's play Edith. about Woodrow and Edith Wilson premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival in 2012. He also collaborated with Korean director Bong Joon-ho on the critically acclaimed Snowpiercer, an English-language production that received a North American release in 2014. Masterson wrote the teleplay for the television movie, Killing Kennedy, which aired in November 2013 on the National Geographic Channel. more…

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