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Coen  Brothers:  Joel  &  Ethan

auteurs Ethan Coen {red hair} & Joel Coen {black hair}          short profile

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"The movie people let us play in the corner of the sandbox and leave us alone.
We're happy here." — Ethan Coen

"We've never considered our stuff either homage or spoof. Those are things other people call it,
and it's always puzzled me that they do." — Joel Coen

     B I O
     h e r e

Coen Brothers entry at Wikipedia

Coen Brothers credits at Internet Movie Database: JoelEthan

won shared Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Fargo" [1996]  won shared Oscar for Best Picture for "No Country for Old Men" [2007]   won shared Oscar for Best Directing for "No Country for Old Men" [2007]   won shared Oscar for Best Script Adaptation for "No Country for Old Men" [2007]      The Coen Brothers have won four Academy Awards:
an Oscar® for "Fargo" [1996] {Best Original Screenplay},
and three Oscars® for "No Country for Old Men" [2007]
{Best Picture, Best Director & Best Script Adaptation}
— out of 8 Oscar® nominations [1997-2008]

They have also received
Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival [1985]
3 Independent Spirit Awards [1986 & 1997]
4 awards & 4 nominations at the Cannes Film Festival [1991-2007]
BAFTA's David Lean Award for Directing [1996]
2 nominations for César Awards [1997 & 2002]
2 W.G.A. Awards [1997 & 2008]
David di Donatello Award [2002]
B.A.F.T.A. Award in 2007, plus 8 nominations [1997-2008]
D.G.A. Award [2008]
U.S.C. Scripter Award [2008]
Motion Picture Producer of The Year Award [2008]
listed among Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People [May 2008]

L i n k s

browse Coen Brothers (Joel) on DVD at Amazon
books by the Coen Brothers
Coen Brothers entry at Wikipedia

PT's Coen Brothers fansite [est. 1999]
Louisville, KY Lebowski Festival July 2003
BJ's Coenesque fansite

Movies  By  the  Coen  Brothers
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Regular Cast & Crew
Joel Coen at IMDb
Joel's wife actress Frances McDormand at IMDb
Ethan Coen at IMDb
Ethan's wife film editor Tricia Cooke at IMDb
cinematographer Roger Deakins

Coen Brothers Movie Collection DVD box set  
"Coen Brothers Movie Collection" [2007]
M.G.M. color DVD box set [11/2007] 5 disks for $26.49
includes "Blood Simple" [1984]; "Raising Arizona" [1987];
"Miller's Crossing" [1990]; "Barton Fink" [1991]; and the
Oscar-winning "Fargo" [1996]

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"Blood Simple"  [Circle Films Jan 1985]
Blood Simple movie   A Texas saloonkeeper hires a sleazy detective to spy on his cheating wife, then to kill her and her lover. But the detective has other plans, and the misunderstandings and deceit and double- & triple-crosses build to a bloody climax. Co-written & co-directed by Joel & Ethan Coen; starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams & Deborah Neumann; won Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director (tied) & Best Male Lead (Walsh)
Universal widescreen color Director's Cut DVD [9/2001] for $10.99
Universal color VHS [1/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
"Blood Simple: The Screenplay" [1989]
St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [3/89] for $10.95

remake "A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop"
[China Dec 2009, Sony Pictures Classics USA Sept 2010]
aka "A Simple Noodle Story"
Chinese-language poster for "A Simple Noodle Story" movie by Zhang Yimou   Acknowledged remake of "Blood Simple", set in China's western desert, circa 1800. Directed by Yimou Zhang; starring Honglei Sun, Dahong Ni, Ni Yan, Xiao Shen-Yang & Xiaojuan Wang
DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Crimewave" [Columbia 1985, USA April 1986]
Co-written by Joel & Ethan Coen; co-written & directed by Sam Raimi; full credits from IMDb

"Raising Arizona" [1987]

"Miller's Crossing"  [Fox Sept 1990]
Miller's Crossing   The anti-hero works for an Irish mob boss in the 1930s; when he is thrown out for sleeping with the boss's girlfriend, he joins the rival gang. Directed by Joel Coen; co-written by Joel & Ethan Coen, based on the 1929 novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961]; starring Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro & Marcia Gay Harden; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Fox widescreen DVD [5/2003] for $14.99
Fox color VHS [1/93] for $9.98
Varese soundtrack CD [10/90] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99

"Shooting Miller's Crossing: A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld" [2003 video release]

"Barton Fink" [1991]

"The Hudsucker Proxy" [1994]

"Fargo" [1996]

In 2003, Edie Falco starred in a TV series pilot based on the film

"The Big Lebowski" [1998]
"The Making of The Big Lebowski" [1998 video release]

"Down From The Mountain" [indep Dec 2000]
Executive produced by Joel & Ethan Coen and T-Bone Burnett; full credits from IMDb

"Inside Look: Down From The Mountain" [2000 TV]

"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" [2000] /tt0190590/
starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

"The Man Who Wasn't There" [2001]
"Making The Man Who Wasn't There" [2002 video release]

"Intolerable Cruelty" [2003]
"A Look Inside Intolerable Cruelty" [2004 video release]

"Fargo" TV movie [MGM-TV/Trio Network Sept 2003] /tt0382026/
Marge Gunderson, the still pregnant police chief of Brainerd, Minnesota, investigates the murder of a pharmacist;
directed by Kathy Bates; starring Edie Falco • full credits from IMDb

"Bad  Santa"  [Dimension Films Nov 2003]
Executive produced by Joel & Ethan Coen; directed by Terry Zwigoff • full credits from IMDb

"The Ladykillers" [2004]

"Romance & Cigarettes" [United Artists 2005, USA Sept 2007]
Executive produced by Joel & Ethan Coen; written & directed by John Turturro • full credits from IMDb

"Tuileries" segment of "Paris, je t'aime" [2006]

"No Country For Old Men"
[Miramax / Paramount Vantage Oct 2007]
won shared Oscar for Best Picture   won shared Oscar for Best Directing   won shared Oscar for Best Script Adaptation   "No Country For Old Men" movie on DVD by the Coen Brothers  
poster for "No Country For Old Men" movie by the Coen Brothers  
Filmed in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. A down-on-his-luck Texan finds the money left after a drug-deal shootout in the desert, and a psychopathic killer sets out to get the money back.
Co-produced, co-written, co-directed & co-edited by Joel & Ethan Coen; based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy; starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin & Gene Jones; listed #1 on TIME Top Ten Best Movies of The Year (12/2007); won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Script Adap- tation, Best Supporting Actor {Bardem}; Oscar noms for Best Cinemato- graphy, Best Editing, Best Sound & Best Sound Editing; won DGA Award, WGA Award, PGA Award, 3 BAFTA Awards, 2 SAG Awards, Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film & USC's Scripter Award
Disney Video widescreen color on Blu-Ray [3/2008] for $19.95
Miramax widescreen color DVD [3/2008] for $15.99
40"x27" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDbBuena Vista official movie site
 No Country for Old Men novel by Cormac McCarthy  "No Country For Old Men" [2005 novel] by Pulitzer-winner Cormac McCarthy
Vintage Intl. movie tie-in 8x5 pb [10/2007] for $11.20
Vintage 8x5 pb [7/2006] for $12.35
Knopf 8x5¾ hardcover [7/2005] for $17.79

"Burn After Reading"
[Working Title/Focus Features Sept 2008]
poster for "Burn After Reading" movie by the Coen Brothers   The memoirs of an unscrupulous former C.I.A. agent stored on a computer disk fall into the hands of two goofballs who attempt to sell the contents. Co-produced, co-written, co-directed & co-edited by Joel & Ethan Coen; starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton & Richard Jenkins
video/DVD not yet available
full credits from IMDb
official movie site
27"x41" red poster from Amazon for $19.99

"A Serious Man"
[Working Title/Focus Features Oct 2009]
A Serious Man movie written & directed by Joel & Ethan Coen  
Co-produced, written & directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
video/DVD not yet available; latest info from IMDb

"Hail Caesar" [Touchstone DUE 2009? on hold?]
Written & directed by Joel & Ethan Coen; no longer listed on IMDb

"True Grit" [Paramount Dec 2010]
True Grit 2010 remake by the Coen Brothers  The remake is based directly on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis, rather than on the 1969 John Wayne film. Location filming in Texas, and at Buena Vista Ranch, Charles R Ranch, Cristobal Ranch, Pecos, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Garson Studios in New Mexico. A 14-year-old farm girl hires reprobate U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn to track down her father's killer, and forces him to take her along.
Co-produced, adapted & directed by Joel & Ethan Coen; starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin & Barry Pepper
Paramount Pictures widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [6/2011] 2 disks for $19.99
Paramount Pictures widescreen color DVD [6/2011] for $9.99
Nonesuch soundtrack CD [12/2010] 20 tracks for $14.09
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
True Grit novel by Charles Portis  "True Grit: A Novel" [1968] by Charles Portis
First serialized in Saturday Evening Post Magazine in 1968, then published in slightly-altered book form. Elderly spinster Mattie Ross tells of her long-ago quest at age fourteen to avenge her father's death with the help of a U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger.
Overlook Trade 8x5½ pb [8/2007] for $10.17
Overlook Trade pb [12/2002] out of print/used
S&S 8¼x5¾ hardcover [6/68] out of print/many used
book entry at Wikipedia

"Gambit" [C.B.S. Films Nov 2012?]
Gambit remake written by Joel & Ethan Coen  Remake of the 1966 British art heist movie that starred Shirley MacLaine & Michael Caine; filmed in England and Albuquerque, New Mexico; a meek art curator concocts a plan for revenge on his abusive boss by selling him a fake Monet painting; critical to the plot is finding & using a rowdy Texas rodeo queen, but then he starts to fall in love with her . . . Written by Joel & Ethan Coen; directed by Michael Hoffman; starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Sir Tom Courtenay & Alan Rickman
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb
watch 4/2014 official trailer [2:12] online at YouTube

"Suburbicon" [announced for 2012? release]
Written & co-produced by Joel & Ethan Coen; directed by George Clooney • latest info from IMDb

"Inside Llewyn Davis" [C.B.S. Films 2013?]
Announced 9/2011: StudioCanal will co-finance and handle international sales for movie made from an original script about the struggles
of a folk singer during the 1960s in New York City's Greenwich Village, loosely based on the life of Dave Van Ronk [1936-2002];
added 2/2012: Justin Timberlake & John Goodman are attached; added 8/2012: cast members include Oscar Isaac {title role},
Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, F. Murray Abraham, Max Casella • latest info at IMDb

"Harve Karbo" TV movie [Fox TV 2013? season]
Announced 10/2011: Fox has signed with the Coen Brothers, Phil Johnson (writer of "Welcome To Cedar Rapids"}
and Imagine TV for an hourlong comedy series - the Coens's first foray into television - that revolves around a touchy
Los Angeles private investigator and his deadbeat friends in El Segundo whose cases frequently cross paths with
high-profile movers and shakers of Hollywood • latest info at IMDb

"Fargo" [MGM-TV/FX-TV 2013?]
Announced 9/2012: The FX channel has given script orders for an hour-long dramatic series based on the Coen Brothers's 1996 Academy Award Best Picture
nominated film; Warren Littlefield and Joel & Ethan Coen will executive produce, alongside script writer Noah Hawley • not yet listed at IMDb

Other  Works  by  the  Coen Brothers

Gates of Eden stories  "Gates of Eden" [14 stories Nov 1998] by Ethan Coen
contains "A Fever In the Blood"; "A Morty Story"; "The Boys"; "Cosa Minapolidan"; "Destiny"; "Gates of Eden"; "Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland"; "Hector Berlioz, Private Investigator"; "I Killed Phil Shapiro"; "It Is An Ancient Mariner"; "Johnnie Ga-Botz"; "The Old Boys"; "The Old Country"; & "Red Wing"
Delta 8x5¼ pb [11/99] for $13.95
Wm. Morrow 9x6 hardcover [11/98] out of print/many used
stageplay 'Offices' by Ethan Coen  "Offices" stageplay [2009] by Ethan Coen
Three one-act plays, performed off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City's Chelsea District
A.T.C.'s play page (performed April-June, 2009]

"Almost An Evening" stageplay [2008] by Ethan Coen
Three one-act plays, performed at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City

Works  About  the  Coen Brothers

Coen Brothers Blood Siblings  "Joel & Ethan Coen: Blood Siblings" [2000]
Edited by Paul A. Woods

Plexus Publng 9x6¾ pb [1/2004] for $19.95
Plexus Publng 9x6½ pb [5/2000] for $16.95

"J&EC" book by R. Barton Palmer 0252071859/

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers, updated edition by Mark T. Conard

Online sales in association with  browse Coen Brothers (Joel) on DVD at Amazon

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