The Ladykillers

A dark comedy about character, justice, and the good life.

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The Ladykillers is a dark comedy set in sleepy Saucier, Mississippi, deep in the Bible Belt, where the forces of good and evil meet. The villainous professor Goldthwait Dorr masterminds a riverboat casino heist, and the pious widow Marva Munson unwittingly plays host and foil to the con artist and his dimwitted henchmen.

This study guide will help you discuss the deeper themes of the movie. What does this film say about how God intervenes in our lives? How does it portray the church and Christian worship? What impact do our habits of thought and lifestyle have on our character? How do we find true joy? And how is justice delivered in this world?

Discussion Guide

    • Movie Summary

    • Discussing the Scenes

—Church and Worship
(Ephesians 2:22; Philippians 4:47; Hebrews 10:25)
—Divine Intervention
(Exodus 14:2330; Acts 5:110; Acts 28:16)
—Christianity in the Movies
(Isaiah 54:17; John 17:15; 2 Corinthians 10:35; Titus 2:78)
—The Making of Character
(Romans 1:1832; Romans 6:19; 1 Corinthians 10:2324; Galatians 6:78; 1 Peter 1:13)
—Joy and the Good Life
(Job 20:45;Philippians 4:49, 1112)
(Proverbs 29:26; Ecclesiastes 3:1617; Isaiah 1:17; Romans 12:1820; 2 Peter 2:9)
    • As the Credits Roll

Based On

The Ladykillers (Buena Vista Pictures, 2004), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the 1955 Ealing Studios production of The Ladykillers, screenplay by William Rose, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, rated R for language including sexual references.

Photo © Copyright Buena Vista Pictures

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