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


Oh, God.

Well, what the hell happened?

- We're an old married couple.

- Mmm-hmm.

Was it the pot?

I don't think so, because we brought it

with us from New York.

- Yeah.

- It's the same.

What was that...

What was that old movie?

You know, Blame it on Rio.

It has to be that, it has to be that.

You got to feel my heart.

Are you going to make it till dinnertime?

After dinnertime.

Oh, God.

God, I'd love to live like this.


I'm willing, if you have enough money

to stay in Brazil for the rest of our lives.

I'll think about it.


Do you think that's it, being away?

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

Hey, babe.

Where did you go?

Don't do this to yourself.

Everything is wonderful.

Everything is wonderful.



I don't feel like such a f***-up

when I'm here, that's all.

Good luck.

See you in a bit.

I love you.


Don't touch anything.

Don't say anything. Back up.

Turn off the lights. Turn them off.

Are you... Don't even think about the buzzer.

Get in the corner.

Is the cash in here? Open it up. Open it up!

Quicker. Get over here. Get over here.

You want me to f***ing shoot you?

Open it up. Open it up.

Get over in the corner. Get over

in the corner. Keep your hands down.

Keep your f***ing hands down.

All right?

Come over here.

Get over here so I can see you.

Come over here. Stand at the corner.

Come over here.

Put your hands down. Put your hands down.

Oh, sh*t! Is this all you got in here?

I'm watching...

Stay away from the f***ing buzzer, all right.

F***ing sh*t, it's all she...

Get back in your corner.

Get back in your f***ing...

Get back in your corner!

All right, keep your hands down

by your side, all right. I'm watching you.

I will shoot you, all right.

I'll f***ing shoot you in a second.

This is all sh*t.


Where's the f***ing keys for this case?

Where's the...

Where are the keys for this case?

- In the drawer.

- Shut up, all right.

These are them?

Don't f***ing move, all right.

Don't move.

What, are they all the same?

Are they?

F***ing stupid b*tch.

I'm watching you.

Which f***ing key... Which f***ing...

This is bullshit!

What the f*** is up...

What type of glass is this...

F*** is up with this glass?

F*** this...


F*** this...

F***, no.

F*** you, you motherfucking stupid f***.


My gun.

F***! Andy!

Hank, you're so stupid!

F***ing Andy!


Hey, two for four. You're batting. 500.

No, Dad, the second one was an air...

- No, no. It was a perfectly placed bunt.

- Good game, sweetheart.

- Good game.

How many you got?

Yeah, who's going to want seconds?

Uncle Andy, can I have another hot dog?

Yeah, the way you played today,

I'll buy you the whole stand.

No, her mother doesn't want

her eating junk, all right?

That's not junk, that's all right.

That's a hot dog, right, honey?

What do I owe you?

Hey, Hank,

your money is no good here.

No, I got it, okay.

- I got it.

- You sure?

- That was a good game.

- Yeah.

Hey, give me a kiss. Give me a kiss.

- All right. I'll see you next weekend?

- I love you.

All right, be good. Here's your ball.

- You didn't feed her junk, did you?

- No, of course not.

I don't want her to develop

bad eating habits.

- She looks puffy.

- She doesn't look puffy, all right.

- You look puffy.

- F*** you.

- She wore sun block?

- It was cloudy, Martha.

There are rays, Hank.

Hey, you got my money?

Oh, Christ, Martha. Do you have any idea

what that school is costing me?

You're the one

who wanted to send her there.

Yeah, because it is a damn good school

and she wanted to go there.

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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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