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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 Amy Ryan, scored by Music/CarterBurwell.

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

* AlliterativeName: "Hank Hanson".
* AnachronicOrder: The film portrays its chronological events in order of sequential, unraveling [[TheReveal reveals]] after the bank robbery.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Dex might be a menacing bully towards Hank, but, when all is said and done, he's looking out for his sister.
* CainAndAbel: Andy is Cain to Hank's Abel.
* 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]].]]
* 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 shoots Andy from behind.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Andy's plan [[spoiler:to rob his parent's jewellery store, trusting them to collect insurance afterwards so that, essentially, they lose nothing]] falters[[spoiler: because, firstly, he doesn't consider the possibility of Hank (the one he tasks to perform the crime) requesting help from a fourth party; secondly, he doesn't expect Hank to involve a gun (neither does Hank - it's introduced by the fourth party); and, thirdly, he doesn't anticipate his mother to retaliate]].
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The events transition via strobing and accelerating back-and-forth cuts of the current scene with the upcoming one.
* 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}}: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]]: all the main cast (excluding Nanette) qualify, but each is given a scene in which their despicability is explained as stemming from very natural, existential concerns.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Occasionally, Creator/AlbertFinney's British accent shines.
* 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: It's all contained within the first event portrayed[[spoiler: - the robbery that completely, utterly, and spitefully misfired]].
* RRatedOpening: The opening shot is a sex scene between [[FanService Marisa Tomei]] and 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 ''Film/FamilyBusiness''.
* SiblingsInCrime: Andy schemes the crime, but Hank performs it, as Andy fears he might be recognized.
* SickbedSlaying: [[spoiler: Andy dies this way at [[OffingTheOffspring Charles']] hands.]]
* ASimplePlan: Robbing your parent's store, attended by a harmless elderly woman. A victim-less 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}}: [[spoiler:With Andy as the [[TheProtagonist protagonist]] and Hank as the [[{{Deuteragonist}} deuteragonist]], their tragedies unfold accordingly: Andy - who plotted and instigated the robbery and coerced Hank - is murdered for the [[{{Patricide}} death of Nanette]] by [[OffingTheOffspring Charles]], while Hank - who, while attempting to cope with his guilt, [[DefiedTrope contemplated]] [[DrivenToSuicide over-dosing]] - escapes the final crime scene with most of the money to an unknown future.]]
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Man, if Hank had only stuck to the plan....
* TragicMistake: In the overall scheme of things, it's 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 Hank]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Andy performs this within his car next to Gina, [[FreudianExcuse openly, angrily, and tumultuously declaring his animosity, bitterness, pain, and grief towards Charles]] [[ChewingTheScenery in a heated display]]. Gina initially attempts to calm him, then she scolds him.
* VillainProtagonist: Andy and Hank qualify[[spoiler:, with Andy as the instigator and Hank as the executor of the robbery]].
* VorpalPillow: [[spoiler: Charles performs this on Andy.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:[[LoveTriangle Gina cheats on Andy with Hank]]]].
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