A Simple Plan


2h 1m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Hank Mitchell has an apparently perfect small-town life, complete with steady job and a pregnant wife. The only cloud on his horizon is his half-witted brother Jacob and his redneck pal, who clearly resent him. The three of them stumble by chance on a crashed plane containing a charred body and $4 million in a bag. They decide to keep the money -- it is a victimless theft after all -- but the simple plan begins to unravel. The police become suspicious, Jacob talks too much, and events soon spiral out of control.

Film Details

Also Known As
En enkel plan, Simple Plan, plan simple
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Crime
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Wisconsin, USA; Energy Park Studios, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Delano, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Synopsis

Hank Mitchell has an apparently perfect small-town life, complete with steady job and a pregnant wife. The only cloud on his horizon is his half-witted brother Jacob and his redneck pal, who clearly resent him. The three of them stumble by chance on a crashed plane containing a charred body and $4 million in a bag. They decide to keep the money -- it is a victimless theft after all -- but the simple plan begins to unravel. The police become suspicious, Jacob talks too much, and events soon spiral out of control.

Crew

Matt Adler

Adr

Mary Ahmann

Production Assistant

Shad Allen

Production Assistant

David Alstadter

Foley Mixer

Alton Anderson

Other

Michael Arnold

Other

Newton Arnold

Assistant Director

Paul Asplund

Assistant Production Coordinator

Nicholas Aune

Other

Crist Ballas

Makeup

Joseph Barillaro

Other

Dawn Barkan

Animal Trainer

Steve Bartek

Original Music

Lindy Bartlett

Special Thanks To

Eric Beason

Editor

Donald Beaulieu

Other

Adam Beck

Property Master

Ron Bedrosian

Adr Mixer

Judi Beecher

Adr

Curtis Bellows

Other

John Berger

Assistant Art Director

Kamar Bitar

Other

Sarah Black

Other

Lynn Blumenthal

Location Casting

Laura Mae Bobick

Camera

Bob Bornstein

Music

Nancy Briggs

Casting Associate

Cheryl M Broussard

Production Assistant

Greg Bubb

Camera Operator

Dave Burris

Song

Chad Busewicz

Other

Bill Cancienne

Propman

Robert Carlson

Photography

John A Champion

On-Set Dresser

Peter Clemence

Grip

Kyle Clementson

Production Assistant

Arthur Coburn

Editor

Mike Colbert

Assistant

Dennis Compton

Technical Advisor

Harve Cook

Other

Kenny Coulman

Other

John Crooke

Song

Grant Curtis

Assistant

Ed Dally

Photography

Sean Daniel

Special Thanks To

Jennifer David

Production Assistant

Christopher Devitt

Electrician

Joseph Dianda

Grip

Dino Dimuro

Sound Editor

Joe Dishner

Unit Production Manager

Vincent Donohue

Lighting Technician

Chris Doyle

Stunt Coordinator

Tim Drackert

Assistant

Judi Durand

Adr

Milo Durben

Dolly Grip

Lynne Eagan

Makeup Artist

W Therese Eberhard

Other

Matt Eder

Other

Danny Elfman

Music

Signe Erickson

Production Assistant

James Fierro

Stunts

Greg Finley

Adr

Peggy Flood

Adr

George Fortmuller

Assistant Director

Tom Franchett

Lighting

Sean Francis

Production Assistant

Patrick Gallagher

Avid Editor

Dave Gillen

Electrician

Mark R. Gordon

Executive Producer

Norman Greenbaum

Song

Norman Greenbaum

Song Performer

Mike Gulenchyn

Assistant

Joe Hacket

Adr

Theodore Haines

Makeup

Dave Halls

Assistant Director

Michael Handley

Lighting

Tony Hanson

Production Assistant

Mark Har

Assistant Location Manager

Barbara Harris

Adr

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Cheryl Harris

Animal Trainer

Laura Harris

Dialogue Editor

Julie Hartley

Production Supervisor

Michelle Harwell

Production Assistant

Anne Healy

Location Manager

Sherry Heart

Hair

Susan Hegstrom

Production Assistant

Bruce Heller

Assistant

Kelly Rae Hemenway

Scenic Artist

George Hernandez

Post-Production Supervisor

Greg Hill

Production Assistant

Michael Hoffer

Grip

Melissa Hofmann

Rerecording

Tod Holcomb

Music

J J Holiday

Song

Laura Holzshuh

Camera

Eric D Howell

Stunts

Chris Hultgren

Other

Garrett Immel

Makeup

Jim Jacks

Producer

Craig Jaeger

Foley Editor

Boysie Jereza

Auditor

Amity Johnson

Production Assistant

Nina Kaczorowski

Assistant

Artie Kane

Music Conductor

Karen Keener

Makeup

Mike Kenerley

Song

Mike Kennedy

Transportation Captain

Nick Kharabadze

Assistant Sound Editor

Rod Kiser

Special Effects

Alar Kivilo

Dp/Cinematographer

Alar Kivilo

Director Of Photography

George Kohut

Camera Operator

Linda Kusisto

Script Supervisor

Peter Kuttner

Photography

Patricia Lamberti

Assistant

Deeanna Langely

Other

Kimberly Lawler

Other

Gary Levinsohn

Executive Producer

Kimaree Long

Dialogue Editor

Julie C Lucas

Foley Recordist

Marc Mahowald

Assistant

Chris Malone

Electrician

Marc Mann

Original Music

Allan Martin

Other

Cyril H Matthys

On-Set Dresser

Amie Frances Mccarthy-winn

Property Master

Jake Mckinnon

Makeup

John Barry Mcmahon

Other

Sean Mcnamee

Assistant

Bob Medcraft

Location Manager

David Meyers

Lighting Technician

John D. Milinac

Digital Effects Supervisor

Chris Miller

Dolly Grip

Kim Miscia

Casting Associate

Mike Mitschele

Song

Theresa Repola Mohammed

Negative Cutting

Lynel L Moore

Avid Editor

James Moriana

Foley Artist

Philip D. Morrill

Assistant

Melissa Moseley

Photography

Jennifer Moyer

Assistant

Nancy Mrnak

Wardrobe

Trina Mrnak

Set Costumer

Gary Mundheim

Foley Editor

Lucia Murillo

Assistant

Paul Murphy

Special Effects

Shawn Murphy

Sound Mixer

Bob Neill

Adr

Scott Nordhausen

On-Set Dresser

Ed Novick

Sound Mixer

Thomas O'connor

Lighting Technician

Christopher O'donnell

Boom Operator

Timothy O'toole

Video Assist/Playback

Robin Oliver

Assistant Director

Rory Olson

Other

Margaret J. Orlando

Assistant Production Coordinator

Troy O Osman

Foreman

Tyler Osman

Construction Coordinator

Jeremy Oswald

Production Assistant

Kelly Oxford

Sound Editor

Melissa Parker

Production Assistant

David Parr

Production Assistant

Jim Passon

Color Timer

Aron Peterson

Other

Ross Peterson

Special Thanks To

Jason Michael Pinski

Other

Ron Pipes

Makeup

Amanda M Pirkl

Post-Production Assistant

Michael Polaire

Coproducer

Dana Porter

Adr

Susana Preston

Script Supervisor

Eric Ramsey

Storyboard Artist

David Randolph

Adr

Alan Rankin

Sound Editor

Bryan Relyea

Other

Lucas Roman

Production Assistant

Hilton Rosemarin

Set Decorator

Peggy Ann Rosson

Auditor

Monty Rowan

Camera Operator

Michelle Roy

Other

Albert G Ruben

Special Thanks To

Paul G Ryan

Dp/Cinematographer

Paul G Ryan

Director Of Photography

Scott Sanders

Sound Editor

Kim Santantonio

Hair Stylist

James Schaidler

Grip

Christina Schlieske

Song

Rando Schmook

Set Designer

Janeen Schreyer

Makeup Artist

Adam Schroeder

Producer

Timothy R Schwob

Foreman

F Andrew Scott

Other

Gary Scott

Photography

Marc Scott

Transportation Coordinator

Ellen Segal

Music Editor

Mary Jo Seidl

Hair Assistant

Afshin Shahidi

Photography

Cathy Shapiro

Other

Kate Sheeley

Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
En enkel plan, Simple Plan, plan simple
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Crime
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Wisconsin, USA; Energy Park Studios, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Delano, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1998
Billy Bob Thornton

Best Writing, Screenplay

1998

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton), shared with Bill Murray ("Rushmore" and "Wild Things"), from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published from the Writers Guild of America.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton) from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton) from the Chicago Film Critics Association. Nominated for a further two awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Original Score (Danny Elfman).

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton) from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of two 1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton) and Best Screenplay Adaptation (Scott Smith). Nominated for the Best Picture award.

Expanded Release in United States December 18, 1998

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States on Video June 22, 1999

Released in United States Winter December 11, 1998

Wide Release in United States January 22, 1999

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999

John Boorman was previously attached to direct but left the project in late 1997 because of a scheduling conflict.

In 1992, Mike Nichols and his production company Icarus paid $250,000 for the motion picture rights to the novel "A Simple Plan."

Project was previously in development at Savoy Pictures with John Dahl as director and Nicolas Cage in the lead.

Scott Smith's debut novel, "A Simple Plan," was published by Knopf September 7, 1993.

Began shooting January 5, 1998.

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999)

Wide Release in United States January 22, 1999

Released in United States on Video June 22, 1999

Released in United States Winter December 11, 1998

Expanded Release in United States December 18, 1998

Completed shooting March 13, 1998.