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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Their dog is with Jacob after [[spoiler:Baxter and Carl are killed]], but it's nowhere to be seen after [[spoiler:Jacob dies]].


* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: Hank kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]].]]

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* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: Hank [[spoiler:Hank kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]].]]


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* DoubleMeaning: When [[spoiler:Hank gives Baxter the money that was left in the plane to distract him while he pulls a gun out on him, Baxter quips "So you had a piece, eh?", which can either mean he was surprised that Hank had a gun and/or realized that Hank kept some of the money for himself.]]


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* ThinkOfTheChildren: While urging Hank to take the money, Sarah pulls this card on him, telling him that she doesn't want their daughter to grow up with hand-me-downs.


-->'''[[apoiler:Baxter]]: You're not the cold-blooded type, are you, Mr. Mitchell? ''[slowly pulls out gun]'' I guess we both got a lot of explaining to do.\\

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-->'''[[apoiler:Baxter]]: -->'''[[spoiler:Baxter]]:''' You're not the cold-blooded type, are you, Mr. Mitchell? ''[slowly pulls out gun]'' I guess we both got a lot of explaining to do.\\


* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Sarah wants Hank to take the money because she's tired of living poor and unable to afford what they would consider luxuries that are considered trivial matters to middle-class and above people. Hank, of course, is reluctant about doing it because one, he didn't get this money honestly, and two, he doesn't want to get caught by the feds. [[spoiler:In the end, Hank is right about the feds going after them if they did use the money.]]



* DirtyCop: It turns out [[spoiler:the alleged FBI agent Baxter]] is after the money too.

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* DirtyCop: It turns out [[spoiler:the alleged FBI agent Agent Baxter]] is after the money too.


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* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->'''[[apoiler:Baxter]]: You're not the cold-blooded type, are you, Mr. Mitchell? ''[slowly pulls out gun]'' I guess we both got a lot of explaining to do.\\
'''Hank:''' No, just me. ''[BoomHeadshot]''


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.

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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 money 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.


* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Hank confesses, but as Sarah predicted, he's not believed because he's an upstanding member of the community]].


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeopardizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]
* 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.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeopardizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]
* 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 ridiculous, as neither of them know anything about farming.


* CainAndAbel : [[spoiler: Hank 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: [[spoiler: Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeopardizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]

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* CainAndAbel : CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: Hank kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]]]].
necessary]].]]
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Hank [[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 [[spoiler:the alleged FBI agent Baxter]] is after the money too.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Hank [[spoiler:Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeopardizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]



* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: [[spoiler: Jacob]] eventually begins to crack.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The old man on the snowmobile who untimely comes across the protagonists.

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* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: [[spoiler: Jacob]] [[spoiler:Jacob]] eventually begins to crack.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The old man on the snowmobile who untimely comes across the protagonists.protagonists at the worst possible time.



* 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]].

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* ShootTheShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The money is marked and has to be burnt]].
burnt.]]
* ASimplePlan: Played straight, 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 bodies, including [[spoiler: two [[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]].



* ThickerThanWater: Hank is very protective of Jacob. [[spoiler: But it's ultimately subverted]].
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins assumes that Neil Baxter is an FBI agent without asking to see his badge.]] This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] as Hank searches for ammunition to the sheriff's gun amongst his disorganized desk.
* WhamLine: Jacob has a couple of these lines to Hank through out the movie
** Revealing to Hank that their Father losing the farm was not because he as a bad business man, but because he was paying for Hank's college

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* ThickerThanWater: Hank is very protective of Jacob. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it's ultimately subverted]].
subverted.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff [[spoiler:Sheriff Carl Jenkins assumes that Neil Baxter is an FBI agent without asking to see his badge.]] This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] as Hank searches for ammunition to the sheriff's gun amongst his disorganized desk.
* WhamLine: Jacob has a couple of these lines to Hank through out throughout the movie
movie.
** Revealing to Hank that their Father father losing the farm was not because he as was a bad business man, businessman, but because he was paying for Hank's collegecollege.


* {{Expy}}: Gary Cole as Agent Baxter is [[Series/AmericanGothic Lucas Buck]] in a different branch of law enforcement.

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* {{Expy}}: Gary Cole Creator/GaryCole as Agent Baxter is [[Series/AmericanGothic [[Series/AmericanGothic1995 Lucas Buck]] in a different branch of law enforcement.


* CainAndAbel : [[spoiler: Hanks kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]]]].

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* CainAndAbel : [[spoiler: Hanks Hank kills Jacob after they discuss it as [[ShootTheDog something necessary]]]].



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeapordizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Hank kills Jacob because the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, meaning he can't use any of it without the FBI learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of sins to which he can't confess without jeapordizing jeopardizing the future of his wife and daughter.]]


* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins assumes that Neil Baxter is an FBI agent without asking to see his badge. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] as Hank searches for ammunition to the sheriff's gun amongst his disorganized desk.

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins assumes that Neil Baxter is an FBI agent without asking to see his badge. ]] This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] as Hank searches for ammunition to the sheriff's gun amongst his disorganized desk.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Hank has to kill his own brother (Jacob) because he can't live with the guilt and wants to die. Add to the fact Hank finds out in the end from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, which mean he can't use any of the money without the FBI finding out about him having it. Hank burns the money much to his wife's chagrin and carry's out with his average life only now he has to live with the guilt of all of the terrible things he has done. Essentially finding that money was all for nothing and he is worse off for having found it.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Hank has to kill his own brother (Jacob) kills Jacob because he can't the latter doesn't want to live with the guilt of his and wants to die. Add to the fact his brother's crimes. Dually, Hank finds out in the end learns from real FBI agents that the money from the plane is marked, which mean meaning he can't use any of the money it without the FBI finding out about him having it. learning he stole it; subsequently, Hank burns the money - much to his wife's chagrin and carry's out with his average chagrin. Ultimately, taking the money cost him the life only now he has to live of his brother, caused the deaths of five other people, and cursed him with the guilt of all of sins to which he can't confess without jeapordizing the terrible things he has done. Essentially finding that money was all for nothing future of his wife and he is worse off for having found it.daughter.]]



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins blindly assuming that Neil Baxter was a FBI agent without truly checking it out really falls under this trope. Especially when Hank and his wife could instantly tell that something was off about Baxter. Go figure Carl gets killed by Baxter at the end even as Hank was trying to tell him that Baxter is really not a agent.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins blindly assuming assumes that Neil Baxter was a is an FBI agent without truly checking it out really falls under this trope. Especially when Hank and asking to see his wife could instantly tell that something was off about Baxter. Go figure Carl gets killed by Baxter at the end even badge. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] as Hank was trying searches for ammunition to tell him that Baxter is really not a agent.]]the sheriff's gun amongst his disorganized desk.



** Telling Hank that their Father's death was really a suicide.
** When Hank ask about a girl that went out with Jacob in high school and what had happen, Jacob reveals that it had just been a cruel bet to see if the girl could actually date him for a month.

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** Telling Hank that their Father's father's death was really a suicide.
** When Hank ask about a girl that went out with Jacob in high school and what had happen, Jacob reveals that it had just been a cruel bet to see if the girl could actually date him for a month.
suicide.


* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins blindly assuming that Neil Baxter was a FBI agent without truly checking it out really falls under this trope. Especially when Hank and his wife could instantly tell that something was off about Baxter. Go figure Carl gets killed by Baxter in the end even as Hank tries to tell him that Baxter is really not a agent.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins blindly assuming that Neil Baxter was a FBI agent without truly checking it out really falls under this trope. Especially when Hank and his wife could instantly tell that something was off about Baxter. Go figure Carl gets killed by Baxter in at the end even as Hank tries was trying to tell him that Baxter is really not a agent.]]

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*TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Sheriff Carl Jenkins blindly assuming that Neil Baxter was a FBI agent without truly checking it out really falls under this trope. Especially when Hank and his wife could instantly tell that something was off about Baxter. Go figure Carl gets killed by Baxter in the end even as Hank tries to tell him that Baxter is really not a agent.]]

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