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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Poster

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In the original script, Andrew and Hank Hanson were not brothers. Sidney Lumet made this change to increase the drama of the movie. He also removed the character of Andrew & Gina's daughter.
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Sidney Lumet said that the scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei in the car when Hoffman has his breakdown was one of the most extraordinary scenes of acting with which he had ever been involved.
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Title taken from the Irish toast: "May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head; may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you're dead."
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are both in real-life old friends of Marisa Tomei.
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This was Sidney Lumet's final film before his death on April 9, 2011 at the age of 86.
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In the DVD's Director's commentary, Sidney Lumet says that when the nude scene between Gina and Hank was shot, Ethan Hawke wanted to make Marisa Tomei feel more comfortable, and insisted on being nude as well. He further insisted that every male crew member strip naked while filming the scene to accommodate Tomei.
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Michael Shannon recalled that when he came to audition Sidney Lumet prompted him to read only one line before telling him he was excused. An uncertain Shannon got up to leave and overheard Lumet immediately tell the casting director, "That's who I want."
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In the DVD's Director's commentary, Sidney Lumet stated that in the original script, the character of Bobby Lasorda was supposed to be only 19 years old. The character was made older to make the character seem more realistic and sad.
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Fitting for a movie about parents being betrayed by their children, Hank's daughter is starring in a school production of "King Lear".
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Sidney Lumet was introduced to digital film techniques through this production and reportedly loved working with digital film, primarily due to it's convenience. This was his first and ultimately only film to be shot in the digital format.
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Reunites Albert Finney with director Sidney Lumet. Their previous collaboration was in Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
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This was Leonardo Cimino's last film before his death on March 3, 2012 at the age of 94.
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One of two films released in the same year co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman which center around sibling relationships. The other is The Savages (2007)
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Rosemary Harris (Nanette Hanson) and Marisa Tomei (Gina Hanson) have both played May Parker, the aunt of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, in films based on Marvel Comics: Harris in Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Tomei in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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The high-heeled shoes that Marisa Tomei wears in her nude scene with Ethan Hawke are her own shoes.
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The cast features two Oscar winners: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei and five Oscar nominated actors: Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Michael Shannon, Rosemary Harris and Amy Ryan.
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The film title translation in Spanish is "Antes de que el diablo sepa que has muerto", however both in Mexico and in Spain, the film title was the grammatically incorrect "Antes que el diablo sepa que has muerto" which literally means "Beforehand, let the devil knows you are dead", almost exactly the opposite meaning of its original title.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman died of heroin/cocaine mixture overdose 6 years 1 month 3 weeks and 4 days after this movie was released, it in which he plays a heroin addict.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei later appeared in The Ides of March (2011).
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The film stars two actresses who have played Aunt May in Spiderman films. Rosemary Harris played the part in Sam Raimi's Spiderman in 2002 and Marisa Tomei would go on to play the same role in Spiderman Homecoming in 2017.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene of Andy and Hank robbing the drug dealer was filmed with two simultaneous setups, one on Philip Seymour Hoffman and one on Ethan Hawke to better capture their tension and reactions to each other. Sidney Lumet is experienced with the use of multiple camera setups in a single take from his career in live television.
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Andy's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) character is depicted as an upper class drug user, who is seen consuming both cocaine and heroin throughout the film. In real life, the actor died from an acute mixed drug overdose from a speedball of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepine and amphetamine, on February 2, 2014. Before his relapse in 2013, Hoffman had been completely sober for 23 years.
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Body Count: 6.
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