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The Ladykillers


A gang finds itself living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang sets out to kill Mrs. Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve.

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- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fresh: Nothing else like it.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the person who recommended it to me, but the little old lady is worth the price of admission. UPDATE: Saw this again today, and was a little more impressed. Although I still think it starts off rather slow, it has a deliciously twisted ending. I remember that Kind Hearts and Coronets had a similar arc. I'm wondering if that's the style of older Brit comedies in general. Maybe I shouldn't be in such a hurry to turn them off.

- webalina, Tuesday, September 7, 2010

3 stars

Classic Ealing comedy. Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers are pretty good in this great British film.

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009

4 stars

Alec Guinness is a witty criminal brain with a creepy grin. He masterminds a caper with his not so bright colleagues using an old lady's house as front. Classic British comedy with many pleasant twists and turns, and charismatic performances. Black humour with charm all over. Too bad the mediocre Coen Brother's remake kind of ruined the original's fantastic ending for me.

- pier007, Friday, May 8, 2009