1998, Paramount, 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Brothers Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton think they've found the answer to all their problems when they come across a downed plane containing a bag full of money, but their windfall soon leads them down a moral and emotional spiral of lies, betrayal and murder. Sam Raimi combines icy chills with powerful family melodrama in this terrific adaptation of Scott Smith's acclaimed novel. Bridget Fonda and Gary Cole costar

2001, Focus Features, 116 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Joel and Ethan Coen’s haunting tale of passion, crime and punishment, all presented in glorious black-and-white. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Ed Crane, a barber in a small Northern California town in 1949 who is dissatisfied with his life - until his wife’s (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed’s scheme soon unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder. Co-starring Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Jon Polito, and a young Scarlett Johansson.

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