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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 SidneyLumet in his last film, starring PhilipSeymourHoffman, EthanHawke, MarisaTomei, Creator/AlbertFinney, RosemaryHarris and 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
* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: 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.]]
* CainAndAbel: Hank is the Abel to Andy's Cain.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: When it comes time for Charles to kill Andy, he makes sure that the latter is weakened, that he knows how to turn off the heart monitor before attaching said heart monitor equipment to himself, then after smothering Andy, reattaches the equipment to his corpse.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: 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.
* 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.
* 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, brigning 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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