A Simple Plan (1998)

 Rated R, you money-stealing fools.

With this 131st Next 100 Project episode, we dig into what at least one of us thinks is Sam Raimi’s best work. Bill Paxton was never better and Billy Bob Thornton & Bridget Fonda are terrific too in this “what would you do?” movie. These immensely relatable characters are doomed from the start by a twist of fate and Scott Smith’s tight screenplay makes all the ensuing darkness seem so logical. We also spent a few minutes of this episode jawing about the Henry Fonda “lynching is wrong” classic, The Ox-Bow Incident. To better enjoy all that content, zip over to Sparkplug Coffee and order up some beans. Your 10% discount awaits when you punch in “top100project” at checkout.

For The Record: Darth Vader’s spot on AFI’s Top 100 Heroes & Villains list is technically for The Empire Strikes Back, not for Star Wars BUT the accuracy of the triv question remains intact. Also, Scott Smith’s script this year was for Siberia with Keanu Reeves and Smith’s “Civil” was a TV movie in 2017, not 2018. Also also, Raimi did work with Thornton again. BBT wrote The Gift for Raimi.


Coming Attractions Trivia Answer: ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1998 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1998 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: The Evil Dead trilogy and Fargo and the Spider-Man trilogy and Saving Private Ryan and Hell Or High Water and Big Love

YouTube links: The guys find the money and Dwight meets his end and Lou & Nancy buy it and Jacob wants to buy back the family farm and Sarah laments a lousy future and Jacob can’t live with it

Previously on the Next 130 Project: Bicycle Thieves

December 17th on the Next 132 Project: Mary Poppins