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->''"May you be in heaven a full half-hour [[TitleDrop before the devil knows you're dead]]"''
-->--'''Irish proverb'''

''Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'' is a 2007 CrimeDrama directed by Creator/SidneyLumet in his last film, starring Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman, Creator/EthanHawke, Creator/MarisaTomei, Creator/AlbertFinney, Creator/RosemaryHarris and Creator/AmyRyan, scored by Music/CarterBurwell.

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!''Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler: WordOfGod confirms that Hank will most likely be one after escaping with the money.]]
* AlliterativeName: Hank Hanson
* AnachronicOrder
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Seeing how Andy was responsible for three people's deaths (one of whom was his own mother), very few people felt sad when Charles finally kills him.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Dex might be a menacing bully towards Hank, but when all is said and done, he's looking out for his sister.
* CainAndAbel: Hank is the Abel to Andy's Cain.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Andy and Hank's mother is dead, Andy murders three people, Charles smothers Andy to death with a pillow, and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism everybody who's still alive is facing a bleak, meaningless existence for the rest of their lives]]. Further, it's [[WordOfGod pointed out in the commentary]] that Hank has the money, but will probably blow it all on alcohol.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: To say that Hank's a pushover would be an understatement.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: At one point during their disastrous escape attempt, [[spoiler:Hank]] is about to let [[spoiler:Andy]] shoot him dead. [[spoiler:But then Chris suddenly shoots Andy from behind]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Horribly, '''horribly''' wrong.
* IdiosyncraticWipes
* IKEAErotica: The opening sex scene is played with such passionless blandness that it's almost painful. Arguably a case of TropesAreNotBad, though, as it's utilized to offer a window into Andy's psyche rather than simply being boring.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Andy being shot by Bobby's widow while threatening to shoot Hank is similar to the beginning where Bobby is shot by Nanette during the robbery.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Most characters can qualify, but Hank's ex-wife (Creator/AmyRyan) is more obvious than others.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Considering what an utter failure he seems to be as a father, it's pretty understandable.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Occasionally Albert Finney's British accent shines through.
* ParentalFavoritism: [[spoiler: At Nanette's (Hank and Andy's mother's) funeral, Charles tries to apologize to Andy for preferring Hank because he didn't want the former to end up like him.]]
* PlethoraOfMistakes
* RRatedOpening: The opening shot is a sex scene between [[FanService Marisa Tomei]] and [[FanDisservice Philip Seymour Hoffman]].
* ShoutOut: "Did you touch anything?" "I don't think so." "You don't THINK SO?" very closely echoes a similar conversation in Lumet's ''FamilyBusiness''.
* SiblingsInCrime: Hank and Andy scheme the robbery together, but not the actual execution as Andy fears he might be recognized.
* ASimplePlan: Robbing your parent's store, attended by a harmless elderly woman. A victimless crime because insurance will fully compensate their parents for the stolen items.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: It's about as far from idealism as you can get and still be considered realist.
* StealingFromTheTill: Andy sets everything in motion because he faces an upcoming audit that will reveal his having embezzled from his employer [[HarsherInHindsight to fund a heroin addiction.]].
* {{Tragedy}}: The happiest it ever gets is when Hank and Andy first hatch the scheme to rob their parents' jewelry store.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Man, if Hank had only stuck to the plan...
** [[FridgeHorror He'd have been shot by his own mother.]]
* TragicMistake: In the overall scheme of things, the robbery, and within that, bringing in Bobby Lasorda to do the actual robbery.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Andy and Gina. Strangely, ''she's'' the insecure one in need of his assurance that he loves her. And with good reason, as he's so pre-occupied with his problems that he's completely oblivious to how unhappy she is--[[spoiler: and that she's having an affair with his brother.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Andy has an epic one by the end.
* VillainProtagonist: Andy and Hank, the former more than the latter.
* VorpalPillow / SickbedSlaying: [[spoiler: How Andy dies.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: [[LoveTriangle Gina cheats on Andy with Hank]]]].
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