Tom Hanks Archives
The Ladykillers

Character: Professor G.H. Dorr
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Produced by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson
Other cast: Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma
Release date: March 26, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Running time: 1h 44min

Professor G.H. Dorr, a courtly Southern gentleman, arrives at the home of devout, elderly Marva Munson, hoping to rent her extra room and use her basement to rehearse with his classical music ensemble. His fellow musicians, however, are actually criminals, and together they plan to rob a casino. When Mrs. Munson learns of their plan, they decide she must be silenced. Certainly, murdering one little old lady cannot be too difficult.


→ The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.
→ Winner takes all. Spring.


♦ Prior to filming, Tom Hanks had not seen The Ladykillers (1955), as he did not want it to prejudice the way he acted in the remake.

Character’s Quotes

• Madam, we must have waffles! We must all have waffles forthwith! We must all think, and we must all have waffles, and think each and every one of us to the very best of his ability…
• Madam, or rather, mesdames, you must accept our apologies for not bein’ able to perform, for, as you see, we are shorthanded. Gawain is still at work, and we could no more play with one part tacit than a horse could canter shy one leg. Perhaps I could offer, as a poor but ready substitute, a brief poetic recital. Though I do not pretend to any great oratorical skills, I would be happy to present, with your ladies’ permission, verse from the unquiet mind of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. Ladies, thy beauty is to me like those Nicean barks of yore, that gently, o’er a perfumed sea, the weary, wayworn wanderer bore, to his own native shore. On desperate seas long wont to roam, thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, thy Naiad airs have brought me home to the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.
• Oh, indeed, indeed. The thirst for knowledge is a very commendable thing. Though I do believe that when you hear the explanation you shall laugh riotously, slappin’ your knee and perhaps even wipin’ away a giddy tear, relieved of your former concern. Lump here is an avid collector of Indian arrowheads, and having found one simply lying on your cellar floor – a particularly rare artifact of the Natchez tribe?