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THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
USA: USA Films
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Tony Shalhoub, James Gandolfini, Katherine Borowitz, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Alexi-Malle, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins, Peter Schrum, Jon Polito, Christopher Kriesa, Brian Haley, Jack McGee, Gregg Binkley
Director: Joel Coen
USA: 116 mins
UK: 115 mins
USA Rated: R for a scene of violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate violence and sexual references
USA Release Date: 31 October 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 26 October 2001
THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE is the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in the summer of 1949, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE has as its title character Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a barber in a small northern California town. Ed is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder.
THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE is a tale of passion, crime and punishment, all presented in glorious black-and-white. The film reunites the Coens with many of their frequent creative collaborators on both sides of the camera, including leading lady Frances McDormand (starring in her first Coen brothers movie since winning the Academy Award as Best Actress, for the Coens' FARGO).