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June 30, 1999
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This week my picks are A Simple Plan (1998 - ) and Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948 - ).

In the first film, Bill Paxton plays a man who finds 4.4 million dollars in unmarked $100 bills in a crashed airplane. With him are his brother (Billy Bob Thornton) and their friend (Brent Briscoe). The plane was buried in the snow and nobody seems to be missing it. The decide to hold on to the money and split it in the when the snow melts. However, if somebody comes looking for it, they plan to burn the lot of it. A seemingly simple plan that eventually breaks down because of ignorance, greed, and paranoia. A surprisingly intelligent thriller from director Sam Raimi.

The second one, directed by John Huston, is a classic film that deals with the same issues as A Simple Plan. Another three men (Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, and Oscar-winner Walter Huston), American expatriates in Mexico, seek a great fortune. They make a plan to mine for gold in the mountains and split their findings. Once they find their fortune, their partnership dissolves into bitter distrust. A must see for any fans of Bogart and/or Huston, or anybody at all. It was voted #30 in the American Film Institute's "Top 100 American Films of All Time" (for what it's worth).

For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
A Simple Plan (1998)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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