''A Simple Plan'' is a 1998 Neo-Noir thriller film directed by Creator/SamRaimi, starring Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/BillyBobThornton, and Bridget Fonda. It is based on the novel of the same name by Scott Smith, who also wrote the screenplay.

Hank Mitchell (Paxton) and his pregnant wife, Sarah (Fonda), live in rural Minnesota. Hank, one of the town's few college graduates, works in a feed mill, while his wife is a librarian. Hank's brother, Jacob (Thornton), is a dim-witted but good-hearted fellow. The story begins with Hank, Jacob, and Jacob's friend, Lou (Briscoe), chasing a fox into the woods, where they find a crashed airplane. The pilot is dead and the only cargo is a bag full of unmarked bills totaling $4.4 million. The three decide to take the money and hide it for six months, enough time to see if anyone is looking for it. Of course, this simple plan unravels over that time, and everyone comes to regret ever finding the money.


!!This film provides examples of

* TheAlcoholic: Lou, the drunken friend who kickstarts the conflict.
* BlackComedy: At some points.
* CainAndAbel : [[spoiler: Hanks kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]]]].
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Hank confesses, but as Sarah predicted, he's not believed because he's an upstanding member of the community]].
* DirtyCop: It turns out [[spoiler: the alleged FBI agent Baxter]] is after the money too.
%%* DownerEnding
* DownOnTheFarm: Hank lives on rural Minnesota and is one of the few college graduates of his town. Jacob wants to buy a farm with his share, but Hank thinks he is being ridiculous as neither of them know anything about farming.
* {{Expy}}: Gary Cole as Agent Baxter is [[Series/AmericanGothic Lucas Buck]] in a different branch of law enforcement.
* FBIAgent: Agent Baxter shows up when the local sheriff seeks out help from the Bureau. Hank is debriefed by Renkins and Freemont later.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Scott Smith.
* GoldFever: Two brothers find a downed airplane with a dead pilot and 4.4 million dollars and attempt to keep the feds from finding the money. Greed and crime ensue.
* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: [[spoiler: Jacob]] eventually begins to crack.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The old man on the snowmobile who untimely comes across the protagonists.
* HotLibrarian: Sarah is a librarian played by Bridget Fonda.
* LadyMacBeth: Sarah plays this role for Hank.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Hank suffocates a man who [[HeKnowsTooMuch knows too much]] and makes it look like an accidental death.
* PlethoraOfMistakes
* PlotTriggeringDeath: The dead pilot who was carrying the 4.4 million dollars.
* ShootTheShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler: The money is marked and has to be burnt]].
* ASimplePlan: Played straight, what starts as a plan to split up a huge sack of money found in the woods ends up leaving a trail of bodies including [[spoiler: two of the three guys who found the money, and at the end of it all, the money is marked anyway, and has to be burnt]].
* SnowMeansDeath: Among several other things. Death and snowy landscapes are seamlessly mixed.
* ThickerThanWater: Hank is very protective of Jacob. [[spoiler: But it's ultimately subverted]].