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Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 27 November 2019 (USA)
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Releases November 27, 2019
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

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Rian Johnson

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Rian Johnson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ana de Armas ... Marta Cabrera
Toni Collette ... Joni Thrombey
Chris Evans ... Ransom Drysdale
Daniel Craig ... Benoit Blanc
Edi Patterson ... Fran
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Linda Drysdale
Katherine Langford ... Meg Thrombey
Michael Shannon ... Walt Thrombey
Jaeden Martell ... Jacob Thrombey
Christopher Plummer ... Harlan Thrombey
Don Johnson ... Richard Drysdale
LaKeith Stanfield ... Lt Elliott
Riki Lindhome ... Donna Thrombey
M. Emmet Walsh
Frank Oz ... Alan Stevens
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Storyline

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. Written by Lionsgate

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Everyone has a motive. No one has a clue.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morning Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Both Daniel Craig and Michael Shannon have starred in at least one Sam Mendes movie. Craig was in Skyfall (2012), Road to Perdition (2002), and Spectre (2015), and Shannon was in Revolutionary Road (2008). See more »

Quotes

Benoit Blanc: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to request that you all stay until the investigation is completed.
Linda Drysdale: What?
Joni: Can we ask why? Has something changed?
Benoit Blanc: No...
Joni: No, it hasn't changed, or no, we can't ask?
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References Evil Under the Sun (1982) See more »

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Razor sharp, unpredictable and thrilling
14 October 2019 | by ryanjmorrisSee all my reviews

If I had a chunk, a piece, the tiniest little fragment of Rian Johnson's mind, I'm still not sure I'd know what to do with it. Forgive me for the number of superlatives in this one.

Knives Out is astonishing. An immensely entertaining, thrillingly escapist whodunnit that pulls the rug out from underneath you more times than you can count. Every line has a payoff, every hint has a resolution. It's razor sharp and uproariously funny, with Johnson giving every cast member enough juice to play with but plenty of room to still have their own unique kinds of fun. It's a writers' movie through and through, but the cast still shine.

Saying any more and properly diving into what Johnson is really doing here risks spoiling elements the film, and Knives Out is not a story you want spoiled. Johnson reliably plays with formula, he riffs on Vertigo and adds layer upon layer, having a blast as he does so - and it's infectious. Sharp, fast, funny and beautifully satisfying down to its body-tinglingly cathartic final frame. Knives Out is a fiendishly and relentlessly clever film, but Johnson does what he always does - he makes it look easy.

My favourite film of the year.


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